Statutory Rape Defense Attorney in Dallas

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Statutory rape remains a serious felony that can lead to harsh penalties upon a conviction. If you have been accused of statutory rape or other form of sexual assault, you should seek the legal representation of a criminal defense attorney with the experience and skills to meet the demands of this charge. The Knight Law Office, serving clients in and around Dallas, provides capable and committed legal service in criminal defense.

Founding attorney Nelson Knight is a former Dallas County Assistant District Attorney who has been practicing criminal law since 1998. Due to this background, he thoroughly understands both sides of the criminal justice system and can use this invaluable insight and knowledge when devising your defense strategy. Mr. Knight is an outstanding trial lawyer as well with more than 200 jury trials under his belt. This level of experience, skill, and command of criminal law will be a considerable advantage in your fight against sexual assault charges.

What is statutory rape?

In Texas, statutory rape consists of sexual contact or penetration of a minor below the age of 17, as committed by an adult above 18. Even in cases where the sex is consensual, it is unlawful. This is because of the legal conception that minors are not capable of making an informed consent in regards to sexual activity. Where the sexual act was done by force, it is also considered to be forcible rape. Even when force played no part in the act, it is still lawfully viewed as statutory rape.

Statutory rape may fall under three categories in Texas law. These include:

  • Aggravated sexual assault, a first degree felony, consisting of sexual penetration of a minor less than 14, punishable by five to 99 years in prison
  • Sexual assault, a second degree felony, consisting of sexual penetration of a minor aged 17 or younger by someone who is three or more years older, punishable by two to 20 years in prison
  • Indecency with a child, a second degree felony consisting of any type of sexual contact or touching of a minor aged 17 or less by someone three or more years older, punishable by two to 20 years in prison

Skilled Legal Help from a Dallas Sexual Assault Lawyer

As you can see, the penalties for sexual assault impose a serious threat to your freedom and future. Let an experienced Dallas sex crime attorney at our firm help you.

Contact us to discuss your case in a free case evaluation as soon as possible.

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