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The State of Texas takes these crimes seriously. While statutory rape is not generally a violent offense, it can still be charged as a second degree felony.
If you are convicted of statutory rape, you could face:
With an experienced Fort Worth statutory rape attorney on your side, you will have the best chance at a favorable outcome. The Carreras Law Group, P.C. has helped clients obtain reduced sentences and, in some cases, have their charges dropped altogether. Carreras Law Group knows what it takes to build a strong case, and the firm is here to help you protect your future from the devastating consequences of a conviction.
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Texas is unique in its lower age of consent, but that rule stops at the age of 14. Those within three years of that age can engage in sexual conduct without facing statutory rape consequences. A 17-year-old can legally have consensual sex with a 14-year-old but older than 17 would be considered a sex crime. This window of three years can apply to older individuals as well, meaning a 19-year-old can legally have sex with a 16-year-old without criminal consequences.
Some clients are charged with statutory rape because they engaged in sex with someone they did not know was under the age of 17. This is not a valid defense. Whether you were lied to or you were shown a fake ID, you can still be charged with statutory rape for engaging in sex with someone under 17.