Dallas Statutory Rape Defense Attorneys

In Texas, sex crimes involving rape are regarded as particularly egregious. There are various forms of rape and each unique circumstance surrounding the alleged criminal activity will be examined closely before the prosecution can determine for which offense the prosecution will bring its case. Statutory rape is a very specific instance of this type of crime and it occurs when one of the sexual partners is under the legal age of consent.

If you or someone you love has been accused of a sex crime, taking strong and aggressive action to defend yourself against the charge may help you to prevail in your case. Contact the Dallas statutory rape defense attorneys at the law office s of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to speak to a member of our legal team about your rights today.

Penalties of Statutory Rape

In Texas, it is illegal to have any sexual activity with a child under the age of 17 if an individual is more than three years older than the minor. The details of the sexual activity may dictate the consequences associated with your case. Some of these stipulations include:

  • If the child is under the age of 14, the crime is considered a first degree felony. This means that the a conviction may result in 5-99 years in prison or a life sentence as well as up to $10,000 in fines.
  • If the child is under the age of 17, the charges will drop to a second degree felony. A conviction in this case might result in 2-20 years in prison as well as up to in $10,000 fines.

In addition to these penalties, a convicted sex offender must register in a database that can be accessed by anyone at any time. The consequences to these sorts of illegal acts have dramatic effects on all aspects of an individual’s life.

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If you or someone you love has been accused of statutory rape, contact the Dallas statutory rape attorneys at the law offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007. The potential consequences of a mere allegation of this sort, let alone a conviction, make it absolutely critical that you do not delay.


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