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Age of Consent in Texas

Eric Torberson

What is the actual age of consent in Texas?

The age of consent in Texas is 17 years of age regardless of gender. This means that someone 17 or older can consensually have sex with another 17 year old or older.

Another Texas Penal Code law Sec. 43.25. SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY A CHILD, should be mentioned. A person who is more than 2 years older than a 17 year old can be charged with this offense. It is a 3rd degree felony.

There are other important details that are very important. If a person is not more than 3 years older than a child 14 years of age or older, then it is an affirmative defense in Texas against the charge of sexual assault. This means that a person at least 14 years old having sex with someone 3 years or less older is not a crime against the older participant. Once the youngest participant becomes 17 years of age, the matter is no longer an issue. This affirmative defense is important when calculating the age of a child of the age 14,15, and 16 having sex with someone older. So obviously the older the child, the older the other person can be within the 3 year older range. 

What is the Legal Age of Adulthood in Texas? 

This depends on what the issue is. For the criminal purposes of accusing a person as an adult, 17 is the age of adulthood. Otherwise a person is an adult in Texas at the age of 18.

What are the Best Options Looking For a Sexual Assault Lawyer?

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