Statutory Rape Charges


Like any sex crime charge, statutory rape charges carry harsh criminal penalties, including lengthy prison sentences. If convicted, you will also be required to register as a sex offender, a penalty that will impact your reputation and employment opportunities and place restrictions on where you are allowed to live.

I am Bobby Dale Barina, a criminal defense attorney handling sex crime charges for clients in Harker Heights, Killeen, Fort Hood and throughout surrounding Texas communities. If you have been accused of committing statutory rape or a related sex crime such as solicitation of a minor, I am here to provide you with the strong defense representation you need.

Statutory Rape Charges In Texas

The age of consent in Texas is 17. This means it is illegal to have sexual relations or touching of any kind with a person under the age of 17, unless you are within three years of the person’s age. Not knowing the minor’s age is not a defense, so even if he or she lied about his or her age, you can still be convicted of statutory rape. Even if you were a minor yourself at the time of the alleged crime, a conviction can result in decades-long prison sentences.

Nonetheless, there are viable defense strategies for every criminal charge, including statutory rape charges. I will explore every possible option to help you avoid the consequences of a statutory rape conviction.

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