Statutory Rape and Sex Assault on a Child

The term “statutory rape” is generally used to describe the situation where an adult has engaged in sexual conduct with a minor who has not reached the age of consent.  Statutory rape is a criminal offense requiring aggressive criminal defense by an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney.  Bexar, nor any other county in Texas, actually has a specific law addressing the crime of statutory rape.  Instead, such situations are criminalized in Texas’ statutes pertaining to “sex assault on a child” and “sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust”.  The TX criminal defense law firm specializes in “statutory rape” and sex assault on a child criminal offenses.  Our sex assault attorneys have represented numerous clients accused of such charges or child molestation offenses with great success.

Sex assault on a child is the sexual contact of a child under the age of 15 when the actor is at least 4 years older than the child.  Sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust can occur in two different situations.  First, when there is sexual contact with a child who is under the age of 15 by an actor who is at least 4 years older than the child; AND in a position of trust in respect to that child.  The second way that it may be charged is where there is sexual contact of a child under the age of 18 by one who is in a position of trust in respect to the child.  Conviction for the felony criminal offenses of sex assault on a child and sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust may lead to severe consequences including an indeterminate sentence to the Texas Department of Corrections for a term that could include the remainder of the offender’s life.  Even where someone convicted of sexual assault on a child is lucky enough to avoid a prison sentence there are other severe consequences.  Bexar and all other Texas  counties require that any person convicted of a sex crime register as a sex offender.  In addition, a conviction for a sex offense requires a sex offense specific evaluation and subsequent treatment.  Such treatment is intense and very difficult to successfully complete.

Statutory Rape Defense Attorney

Few criminal accusations are as devastating to a client as being arrested or investigated for a sexual offense. An arrest can occur without corroborating or forensic evidence or even where reasonable doubt of the claimant’s motives exists. The impact on the client may be life-changing as family, friends and co-workers assume the worst about a person.

The consequences of conviction depends on the age difference between the alleged victim and suspect. A prison sentence is likely when the difference in age is ten years or more. Other consequences from a Statutory Rape conviction include probation, sex offender registration for life, and substantial fines.

Aggressive Defense of All Statutory Rape Charges

We begin our defense before charges are even brought to court by immediately intervening with police and prosecutors on your behalf. We employ a private investigator who will respond immediately to interview witnesses. We have had numerous cases with sex crime accusations dropped before even going to court!

We have resolved numerous statutory rape cases with no jail time and no sex offender registration.

The consequences of a sex crime conviction are life-changing. To avoid the stigma of a strike conviction and sex offender registration we strive to provide an aggressive courtroom defense to reach our goals of having all charges dropped or securing an attractive case settlement.

The sex assault on a child and statutory rape lawyers have helped numerous clients avoid these serious consequences by either gaining acquittals at trial or by negotiating favorable plea bargains.  In some situations, our TX criminal defense attorneys have been able to force complete dismissals of sex assault on a child cases.  Please call us for a FREE Consultation.

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