Dallas Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer
Aggressive Defense for Charges of Sex with a Minor
Sex with a minor is an unspecific offense that could mean either a charge of statutory rape or sexual assault of a child. Statutory rape is a unique form of rape charge in that its victims consent to the sexual acts, although they are not of age to do so with someone over the age of 19. The age of consent in Texas is 17. Like many states attempting to mitigate the rigidity of statutory rape laws, the state of Texas has a “three year rule,” which states that sexual acts between a person who is within three years of age of another, if the younger is at least 14, cannot be charged with criminal statutory rape. Statutory rape is a second degree felony and is punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison. If the other party is below the age of 14, the charge becomes sexual assault of a child, which is a first degree felony. Felonies in the first degree are punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison. If you are facing criminal charges for statutory rape or sexual assault of a child, a Dallas sex crimes defense attorney at the D’Amore Law Firm may be able to help.
Attorney for Statutory Rape and Sexual Assault with a Minor
Our defense lawyers understand the anxiety and fear that any sex crime charge will bring, especially one that could carry a life sentence. We also know that the prosecution and judges are incredibly harsh on and unforgiving of those accused of sex crimes, even when the defendant was unaware of the minor’s age or when the minor deliberately lies about his or her age. We can offer aggressive and effective defense and skilled legal representation.
Contact a Dallas Sex Crime Defense Attorney at our firm for more information about how we can protect your rights and your future.