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Statutory Rape

While being accused of a crime is always a serious situation, accusations of sex crimes are particularly serious. Being convicted of this type of crime can, understandably, lead to harsh sentences involving large amounts of jail time. One such crime, which occurs when an individual enters into a sexual relationship with an underage person, is commonly known as statutory rape. Statutory rape is unique in that it can occur even in situations where consent seems clear.

When a person is charged with a sex crime, their entire future can be placed in jeopardy. It is extremely important for the individual to seek out experienced legal representation to help protect their rights. Contact the Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to discuss your case today.

What is Statutory Rape?

When an individual is under the “age of consent,” they are legally incapable of consenting to sexual acts. Thus, if two people have sex and one is below this specified age while the other is above, there is no consent in the eyes of the law, even if there is explicit verbal consent between the two individuals involved. Though some people may consider an accusation of statutory rape less serious than other sex crimes, it still carries the potential for life-altering, severe sentencing.

The age of consent varies from state to state. In Texas, it is 17 years.

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If you believe you have been wrongly accused of statutory rape, it is very important to ensure that your rights are protected. We will fight to make sure our clients receive a fair trial. For more information or to explore your defense options, contact the Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. by calling 713-523-0404.