Sex with a Minor
Defense from Plano Sex Crimes Lawyers – 972.330.4331
Sex with a minor, or statutory rape, is strictly illegal in Texas. The
crime is defined as someone aged 18 years or more engaging in sexual conduct
with someone who is aged 17 years or younger. Consent is not a factor
in sex with a minor charges.
Your freedom, finances, and reputation are all on the line when you are
accused of statutory rape in Texas. The
sex crime carries such harsh social stigmas and can bring such heavy criminal penalties
that you simply cannot leave your case up to chance. Let our Plano criminal
defense attorneys from Barbieri Law Firm, P.C. come to your aid.
Why choose to work with our law firm?
Attorney Heather Barbieri is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law.
We have over 20 years of collective legal experience.
Our defenses are crafted carefully and strategically.
Working as a team, we can take on any defense case.
Would you like to know more?
Contact our law office online.
Three Higher Degrees of Statutory Rape in Texas
Sex with a minor – someone who is not older than 17 years old –
is always considered a felony in Texas. By definition, a felony can be
penalized with at least one year in state prison. Fines up to $10,000
sex offender registration also often accompany a statutory rape conviction. The intensity of the
penalties will scale based on the severity of the charge, though.
Factors considered by prosecutors when filing statutory rape charges are:
Indecency with child: Sexual activity between someone who is 17 or younger and someone who is
20 or older. The activity cannot include sexual penetration.
Sexual assault against a minor: Sexual penetration involving someone who is 16 or younger and someone who
is 19 or older.
Aggravated sexual assault against a minor: Sexual penetration between someone who is 14 or younger and another person.
This crime is a first degree felony that can be penalized with a life
sentence of 99 years.
Take Charge of Your Defense with Our Representation
Whenever someone is charged with sex with a minor, it is a delicate legal
situation. The knowledge, experience, and carefulness of our Plano sex
crime attorneys play integral roles in creating a valid defense that considers
all possible angles. Not only do we aim to secure a not guilty verdict
or case dismissal, but we also want to be so thorough in your defense
that your reputation is left fully intact.
Call 972.330.4331 to learn more about our defense strategies during a
free case review.