Statutory Rape Defense Attorneys

Defending Clients in Dallas & Surrounding Counties

The age of consent in Texas is 17. Even if a young couple engages in consensual sex, the law says that people under 17 don't have the capacity to consent. As a result, you can get charged with statutory rape if your girlfriend or boyfriend is under 17 years old, unless you're also under 17 or no more than three years older than your partner.

Facing statutory rape charges is a serious situation—call (214) 301-5007 for the defense you need.

Relationships Involving Teens & Young Adults

Attorney Chris Lewis defends people charged with statutory rape in cases involving an alleged "child victim" and "perpetrator" who are really in a relationship and nearly the same age. It's a crime to have sexual contact with a person under 17, but the court recognizes that there are situations where the defendant should not face criminal penalties. These include romantic relationships where the couple has an age difference of less than 3 years.

Relationships Involving Teens & Older Adults

Statutory rape charges are also common when one partner is more than three years older than the other partner who is under 17, or where there is a teacher-student, priest-parishioner, or coach-athlete relationship.

Example: A 22-year-old teacher can face statutory rape charges based on a consensual relationship with a 19-year-old student, even though both are over the age of consent and no coercion was involved.

Poor Timing Does Not Warrant Conviction

Statutory rape charges often come from complex or complicated emotional situations. We also recognize that many couples are simply in an inconvenient timing situation. Whatever your circumstances, we know that you are not a sex offender. Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP fights for the rights of individuals, not case files. We fight to ensure that your rights are protected and your story is heard.

Contact our firm at (214) 301-5007 to schedule a free case consultation. Do not face your charges unprepared.

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