Houston Statutory Rape Lawyer
Statutory rape is what is commonly thought of as a consensual relationship between two people, one of whom is not “of the age of consent.” In Texas this falls under the crime of Sexual Assault of a Child. In Texas the age of consent is 17 years old. This means that if a person engages in sex with someone under the age of 17 they do not have the ability to legally consent to the sexual activity.
Lack of knowledge of the person’s age is not a defense to this charge, as crazy as that may sound. Nor is their level of physical, mental, or emotional maturity. The only defense is if the adult is within 3 years of the child’s age. For example, an 18 year old may have consensual sex with a 16 year old, but not a 14 year old.
Because the charge in this type of case is Sexual Assault of a Child, which carries a prison sentence of 2-10 years in prison, it is important to get an experienced defense attorney. Even probation on this type of case carries with it lifetime sexual registration, so call us now.