Austin Statutory Rape Lawyer

Statutory Rape Attorney Paul Darrow Serving Austin, TX

The definition of Statutory Rape is what is commonly thought of as a consensual relationship between two people, one of whom is not “of the age of consent.” It falls under the crime of sexual assault of a child and the age of consent is 17 years old. This means that if a person engages in sex with someone under the age of 17, that person doesn’t have the ability to legally consent to the sexual activity. Like many sex crimes accusations, Statutory Rape is considered a very serious charge.  And as such, just being investigated can have devasting effects on you, your lifestyle and livelihood.  Reach out to an experienced Austin Statutory Rape Lawyer. Call Darrow Law Firm, P.C. today for a compassionate and confidential consultation.

Lack of knowledge of the person’s age is not a defense to this charge, as crazy as that may sound. Nor is their level of physical, mental, or emotional maturity. The only defense is if the adult is within 3 years of the child’s age. For example, an 18-year-old may have consensual sex with a 16-year-old, but not a 14-year-old.

This definition can oftentimes be unfair, especially to two consenting people. Paul Darrow is the Austin area attorney who understands this injustice and will fight to see it corrected.


Because the charge in this type of case is considered Sexual Assault of a Child, it carries a prison sentence of 2-10 years in prison. So it’s important to get an experienced defense attorney. Even probation on this type of case carries with it lifetime sexual registration, making your call to our office all the more critical.