Statutory Rape Defense in Houston: Brazoria, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Harris & Montgomery Counties
When an individual becomes romantically involved with a person under the legal age of consent, they face being charged with statutory rape. These charges are serious and are defined clearly by Texas law. A person commits this type of crime if they:
- Penetrate the anus or sexual organ of a child in any way
- Penetrate the mouth of a child with their own sexual organ
- Cause the sexual organ of a child to penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of themselves or another person
Sentencing for Statutory Rape
There are two main types of statutory rape charges. These two include:
- Sexual assault: This crime is charged as a second-degree felony and carries a sentence of two to 20 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.
- Aggravated sexual assault: This type of charge most often occurs when the child is under the age of 14. While a person who is 17 years of age can be married and have sex with their spouse, a person age 14 and under cannot consent to sex under any circumstances. The sentence for this type of crime is five to 99 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.
There are some cases in which the defendant can receive a sentence as light as probation. These types of cases often involve mitigating circumstances. Even in cases like these, the defendant is still required to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life.
Possible Legal Defenses
Statutory rape charges can be challenged based on multiple factors. The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. In cases such as statutory rape, this isn’t as clear as it sometimes seems. There are also certain circumstances, such as close proximity in age between the victim and defendant, where a defense attorney has a much stronger chance of getting the case dismissed.
Meet With a Statutory Rape Attorney in Houston, TX
Greg Tsioros is an experienced defense attorney who knows the anxiety clients feel when faced with charges like statutory rape. He has extensive experience as both a defense attorney as well as a prosecutor. This experience gives him the unique perspective of knowing how the prosecution will act. Greg Tsioros can be reached for a free consultation at 832-752-5972.