Defense Of Sex With A Minor Charges
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 charge.
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 Barbieri Law Firm, P.C., come to your aid.
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Three Higher Degrees Of Statutory Rape In Texas
Sex with a minor – someone who is not older than 17 years – 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 and mandatory 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 defense 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 469-300-1522 to learn more about our defense strategies during a case review.