Sex Crimes Attorney in Houston
Statutory rape is different from forcible rape and other
sex crimes, in that age is the determining factor, rather than consent. According
to Texas law, statutory rape occurs when an adult has consensual sexual
intercourse with a minor under 17 years of age. This is considered a subcategory
of rape and sexual assault because minors are not considered legally capable
of giving sexual consent. Some states have exemptions known as “Romeo
and Juliet laws,” which protect legal adults who engage in sexual
activity with minors who are close to their age.
The state of Texas takes accusations of rape very seriously, and the consequences
for a statutory rape conviction are heavily burdensome and can have lasting,
negative effects on your personal and professional life. Because statutory
rape charges are exclusively brought against adults, the resulting criminal
record cannot be expunged, sealed, or removed from public record. Persons
charged with statutory rape will also be required to register as sex offenders,
which could create a significant barrier to professional opportunities
and upward mobility, along with the resulting stigma and social consequences
of being a known sex offender.
In addition to social, financial, personal, and professional consequences
of being convicted of statutory rape, the penalties for statutory rape
in Texas are severe. Spanning all subcategories of statutory rape, from
the most minor to the most serious, such charges could land you with a
second degree felony and a minimum of two years in prison, all the way
up to a first degree felony and anywhere between 5 and 99 years in prison.
If statutory rape charges have been brought against you, don’t wait
to get the legal help you need. There is no way to evade or minimize the
harsh consequences of a statutory rape conviction without the help of
experienced sex crime attorneys. Our team at
The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC is ready to get started building your case and giving you the fair representation
Call us at (713) 489-2009 or schedule your complimentary consultation
with us today.