Young People Have Additional Protections Under The Law

In Texas, "sexual assault of a child" is the official name for a crime more commonly known as "statutory rape." In other words, any sexual contact with a person under the age of 17 can be considered a form of sexual assault by someone at least three years older than the young person in question — even when the younger person has expressed his or her consent for a given sexual activity. This law is based on the premise that children under the age of 17 are too young to give meaningful, legally significant consent for sex with an older partner. And of course, child sexual assault also sometimes meets the broader definition of sexual assault, when sexual contact occurs without one party's consent.

As an experienced sex crimes defense attorney, I can help you face any charges related to sexual contact with a minor. The law is designed to protect children, but in some cases it can be overprotective and lead to legal problems for well-meaning people. I have worked with clients who have been outright falsely accused of sexual assault, as well as those who acknowledge a romantic relationship with a younger partner that they did not realize violates the law.

Legal Support For A Wide Range Of Sex-Related Charges Involving Children

In addition to the laws regulating direct sexual contact with children, young people are also protected by related restrictions against activities including:

Get The Advice You Need To Face Charges Of Statutory Rape

Any charge alleging harm to a child will bring a lot of stress and fear for the accused, and this stress is only amplified when the charge is for a sex-related offense. But with the help of a lawyer, it is possible to assert your rights in the criminal justice system and steer toward a successful outcome.

I have been serving clients with commitment, loyalty, honesty, integrity and passion for more than 25 years. I am personally invested in the short-term and long-term success of each of my clients, and I will work hard to achieve the best outcome available.

To learn more about the services I offer, come to R. Todd Bennett, P.C., for an initial consultation. Schedule a meeting by calling 713-489-7763 or sending an email. From my office in Houston, I represent clients throughout Harris County and beyond in Texas.

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