Until the implementation of this new in Texas, a 17-year old that was convicted for having consensual sexual relations with someone under the age of seventeen was required to register as a sex offender.
This meant that a consensual sexual relationship between a 16 year-old and a 17-year old was illegal, and would result in the 17-year old being convicted and required to register.
This exemption only applies if a consensual sexual relation is had between a teenager or young adult over the age of 17 and a teenager under the age of 17, but there is no more than a three-year age difference between the two young people. Additionally, any participant of the sexual encounter must be at least 14 years of age for the Romeo and Juliet law to apply. It is important to note that this exemption does not apply to anyone who is currently required to register for life as a sex offender.
Those individuals that are currently required to register due to a past transaction of this nature may now petition the court to be removed from the registry.
If you or someone you know has been charged with this type of crime, please consult with our sex crime lawyers before speaking to anyone.
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