How it Works Briefly tell us about your case Provide your contact information Choose attorneys to contact you. When both parties are of the same sex, under current Texas law an age gap of three years or less isn't a legal defense for a charge of indecency with a child. What is the Romeo and Juliet law? In such a case, the Romeo and Juliet law would not offer protection from prosecution, but only from having to register as a sex offender. The offender's punishment, such as fines or jail or probation time, would remain. Then, sex offender registration might be negated, with the offender being allowed to deregister. Updated September 5,
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Texas Statutory Rape Laws
But even if this is true, a defendant cannot rely on a mistake of age —even a reasonable one—to avoid conviction in Texas. While there is no close in age exemption, defenses exist when the offender was no more than 3 years older then the victim and of the opposite sex. What is Statutory Rape? And some states, including Texas, differentiate between consensual sex between minors who are close in age for example, two teenagers of the same ageas opposed to sex between a minor and a much older adult.