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Statutory Rape Lawyers in Fort Worth

Protecting Clients in Arlington & Tarrant County

For those over the age of 17, having sexual relations with someone under 17 years of age is illegal in Texas. If you were charged with this crime, it is extremely important that you begin building an effective defense right away to avoid jeopardizing your rights. At Goza & Carreras, Attorneys at Law, you will have a lawyer who is board certified in criminal defense by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization fighting on your behalf. While these charges are serious, you can count on our firm to fight for you.

Call (817) 402-2188 now or contact Goza & Carreras, Attorneys at Law online for a free consultation with a Fort Worth statutory rape attorney.

Building a Strong Defense

Texas is unique in its lower age of consent, but that rule stops at the age of 14. Those within three years of that age can engage in sexual conduct without facing statutory rape consequences. A 17-year-old can legally have consensual sex with a 14-year-old but older than 17 would be considered a sex crime. This window of three years can apply to older individuals as well, meaning a 19-year-old can legally have sex with a 16-year-old without criminal consequences.

Some of our clients were charged with statutory rape because they engaged in sex with someone they did not know was under the age of 17. This is not a valid defense. Whether you were lied to or you were shown a fake ID, you can still be charged with statutory rape for engaging in sex with someone under 17.

Consequences of a Conviction

The State of Texas takes these crimes seriously. While statutory rape is not generally a violent offense, it can still be charged as a second degree felony.

If you are convicted of statutory rape, you could face:

  • 2 to 20 years in prison
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Mandatory lifetime registration on the Texas Sex Offender Registry

With an experienced Fort Worth statutory rape attorney on your side, you will have the best chance at a favorable outcome. Our firm has helped clients obtain reduced sentences and, in some cases, have their charges dropped altogether. We know what it takes to build a strong case, and we are here to help you protect your future from the devastating consequences of a conviction.

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