Statutory Rape in Texas

What is Statutory Rape?

In Texas, statutory rape occurs when an individual has consensual sex with someone under the age of consent (18). According to state law, people under the age of consent are not capable of legally providing informed consent to sexual activity.

Due to the severity of the punishments associated with this sex crime, it is in your best interest and freedom to retain legal counsel from an experienced lawyer. At The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C., our Bryan and College Station criminal defense attorneys are ready to evaluate your case and build an effective defense strategy to either get your charges reduced or your case dismissed altogether.

Penalties for Statutory Rape

There are several criminal offenses which fall under the classification of statutory rape. Each crime carries its own set of penalties based on the perceived severity of the offense.

These sex crimes include the following:

  • Indecency with a child – Refers to an adult who engages in sexual touching that is meant to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of minor under 17 years of age. This offense is considered a second-degree felony, punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years and a maximum fine of $10,000.
  • Sexual assault – Refers to an adult who engages in penetrative sexual intercourse with a minor who is 17 years of age or younger. This offense is also considered a second-degree felony.
  • Aggravated sexual assault – Refers to an adult who engages in sexual penetration with a minor who is age 14 or younger. This offense is a first-degree felony, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 99 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

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