Austin Statutory Rape Lawyer

Proving that you didn’t know the alleged victim’s age won’t be enough to get out of a statutory rape charge. You need the best defense possible, which means that you’ll need the services of an Austin statutory rape lawyer.

In some cases, getting charged with statutory rape can be a surprise, but regardless, the penalties you face are extreme and will permanently damage your current and future wellbeing. The conviction of any sex crime can be devastating to both your personal and professional lives—and that’s not even taking into account the legal penalties you’ll have to deal with upon a conviction.

When you’ve been accused of having sex with a minor, you have to do everything you can to fight against your charges and protect everything you’ve worked toward. An Austin statutory rape lawyer from Tillman Braniff, PLLC can help you build a defense that brings your case to the best conclusion available.

 

What Is Statutory Rape in Texas?

Broadly speaking, statutory rape is generally understood to be sex with a minor (an individual under the age of seventeen). Even if the alleged victim lied to you about his or her age and showed you a fake ID, you could still be accused of statutory rape.

Legally speaking, statutory rape actually falls under one of three distinct crimes described by Texas state law, and your Austin statutory rape lawyer will help you determine which of the three if there is any ambiguity:

  • Indecency with a ChildSexually arousing or gratifying touching (but not penetration) with any minor under the age of seventeen
  • Sexual Assault Penetrative sex with any minor between the ages of fourteen and sixteen
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault – Penetrative sex with any minor under the age of fourteen

 

Penalties for Statutory Rape in Texas

The punishments you face for a statutory rape conviction will depend on which of the exact charges listed above are brought against you:

  • Both indecency with a child and sexual assault are second-degree felonies that could result in prison sentences of between two and twenty years and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Aggravated sexual assault, however, is a first-degree felony with a prison sentence of between five and ninety-nine years and a fine of up to $10,000.

A conviction for any of these charges will result in being required to register as a sex offender. This could be a life-time requirement, or it might only last for a certain number of years. Becoming a registered sex offender will result in greatly diminished opportunities for housing, employment, and loans. You will also have to inform all of the people who live within a certain distance of you of your sex offender status.

 

Get Help from an Austin Statutory Rape Defense Attorney

A charge of statutory rape of any sort will require an excellent defense in order to clear your name—or at least reduce the charges and penalties that you’re faced with. At Tillman Braniff, PLLC, we know criminal defense law, and we can help you navigate your case and arrive at the best resolution available.

To schedule a free and confidential legal evaluation with an Austin statutory rape lawyer, call us at 512-236-0505 or complete the online contact form at the bottom of this page.