Overview of Texas Legal Age Laws Texas, as do many other states, recognizes 18 as the "age of majority," at which point residents are legally considered adults (as opposed to "minors").
But Texas legal ages laws also govern a minor's eligibility for emancipation, the legal capacity for signing a contract or consenting to medical treatment.
Statutory rape laws are premised on the assumption that minors are incapable of giving informed consent to sexual activities.
Their incapacity is written into the statute—hence the term, “statutory” rape.
The crime is broken into several categories: Aggravated sexual assault.
Aggravated sexual assault involves sexual penetration (however slight) between a minor who is younger than 14 years old and a defendant of any age.
This is because Texas has a marital exemption to the state’s statutory rape laws.As in most states, mistake of age is a defense in Texas. If you are facing a statutory rape charge, consider consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney who regularly practices in your area.A lawyer can evaluate the strength of the prosecution’s case against you and help develop any defenses that might apply to your case.This offense is a first degree felony, and penalties include at least five (and up to 99) years in prison and a fine of as much as ,000. Sexual assault involves sexual penetration between a minor who is younger than 17 and a defendant who is three or more years older than the victim.This offense is a second degree felony, and penalties include at least two (and up to 20) years in prison and fine not to exceed ,000. Indecency with a child involves sexual contact (sexual touching other than penetration, even over clothing, that is meant to arouse or gratify sexual desire) between a minor who is younger than 17 and a defendant who is three or more years older than the victim.