Dallas Rape Defense Attorney
Under the Texas Penal Code, rape is defined as knowingly and intentionally pursuing unwelcome or non-consensual sexual contact with another individual involving penetration. Acts of rape may include violent threats, manipulation, physical force, and coercion. In certain instances, the victim may be incapable of giving his or her consent, such as a person who is disabled, drugged, or still a minor.
Statutory rape, in the state of Texas, refers to the act of having sexual intercourse with an individual below 17 years of age, with or without consent. This sex crime may also be applicable in situations in which sexual intercourse occurs with any mentally or physically incapacitated person, regardless of age. To qualify as statutory rape, there must be a three-year age difference between the two parties.
Though physical evidence can strengthen a prosecutor’s case, the reality is that it is not always needed to pursue a rape case as an individual’s word may be evidence enough. If you have been accused of rape in Texas, it is crucial that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Contact David Finn, P.C. at (214) 871-1121 today to discuss your case.
Acts of Statutory Rape
Under the law, common acts of statutory rape include:
- Penetrating a child’s sex organ or anus with a sex organ
- Penetrating a child’s mouth with a sex organ
- Causing a child’s mouth to contact an anus or sex organ
Punishments of Statutory Rape
Rape in Texas is deemed a second degree felony, punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and anywhere from two to 20 years in prison, depending on the age of the victim and the severity of the crime. Individuals convicted of statutory rape will also be required to register with local officials as a sex offender for life.
Depending on the circumstances, however, a rape charge may be classified as a first degree felony, which is punishable by fines of up to $10,000, anywhere from five to 99 years in prison, or both.
A statutory rape charge is an extremely serious matter that should not be taken lightly. Apart from fines and jail time, a conviction may also negatively affect a person’s personal and professional life for years to come.
Call David Finn, P.C. Today
An individual accused of committing rape or any other sex crime often faces harsh judgment from friends, strangers, and loved ones—even before being given a chance to defend himself or herself in court.
Your future is at stake. David Finn, P.C. will fight aggressively to protect your rights and to fight the allegations against you. Call (214) 871-1121 today.