Statutory Rape

Accusations of sex crimes are, understandably, treated as extremely serious issues by courts, judges, and juries. As such, being convicted of a sex crime can result in extremely harsh sentencing and have a permanently altering effect on a person’s life. One such sex crime that has many complexities and is the source of much confusion is statutory rape.

If you have been accused of statutory rape, it is extremely important to find a good defense attorney to represent you during the duration of your case. To discuss your legal options with an experienced Dallas criminal defense lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007.

What is Statutory Rape?

Statutory rape occurs when an individual enters into sexual relations with a person who is under the age of consent. Even if there is explicit, verbal consent between the two parties involved, legally, any person under a state’s specified age of consent is not capable of consenting to the act.

Laws regarding statutory rape vary greatly from state to state. In Texas, a person must be 17 years of age to be considered legally competent to consent to sex. If a person is convicted of statutory rape, he or she can face a prison sentence of anywhere from two to twenty years. While many states have extremely harsh penalties for those convicted of statutory rape, it is almost always considered a less serious offense than child molestation.

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If you are facing charges of statutory rape, our experienced legal counselors can help you understand what you will experience during your case. We are committed to making sure our clients have their rights fully protected. For more information, contact the Dallas criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. Call us today at (214) 845-7007.

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