Daniel John Christensen's answer Harris County has a searchable electronic docket, however, there are only certain ways to search. Go to the court’s website and/or call the clerk and they may be able to help. Good luck.
Stephen Arnold Black's answer Yes. You should discuss the case in private with counsel. Most of us take cases on contingency fee, meaning you pay nothing unless the case is resolved to your satisfaction. Call for a free consult.
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer The felony crime of Sexual Performance By A Child applies anyone under 18 years old engaged in sexual conduct. The plain language of the law criminalizes the conduct itself, even if it does not occur as a performance. If there actually is a performance (or recording) then the parents themselves would also commit a felony by giving their consent.
If the 17 years old is a student and the 24 year-old is an employee of a primary or secondary school then it is a different felony offense.
Grant St Julian III's answer No. See Texas Penal Code Section 21.11 - Indecency with a Child and Section 22.011 - Sexual Assault. There MAY be defenses available in certain cases, but in general, what you describe is illegal.
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer There may not be time for another attorney to properly prepare for trial, especially if the judge does not grant a continuance. Be sure to ask any attorney you are considering if their current commitments to other cases are such that they can realistically spend the time necessary to be prepared by the day of trial... or at least more prepared than your current attorney would be!
Roy Lee Warren's answer I doubt it is an illegal act without more, although it is tasteless. You must be a sound sleeper. Suing them in civil court would probably not help much either because you would have to prove you were injured and have pecuniary damages.
Paul Looney's answer There is no law in Texas prohibiting a 14 year old from dating a 17 year old. There is no law prohibiting a 14 year old from dating an 18 year old. However, if the two have sex problems begin, and they are not simple problems. Having sex with a 14 year old carries serious prison time. The "three years apart" rule does not apply to keep the 17 or 18 year old from being arrested, jailed, prosecuted and ultimately sent to prison. The "three years apart" rule is an affirmative defense to...
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer Yes, but the use of force could be justified under chapter 9 of the Tx Penal Code if (1) you catch the rapist in the act and immediately use force to protect the victim or (2) catch the rapist immediately afterwards and use force to prevent his escape before the cops arrive. Immediately means immediately... not seeking revenge after the fact. Also, you can forfeit the justification by using more force than reasonably necessary.
Russ Hunt Jr.'s answer The rule in Texas is if you're 16 and she's within 3 years of your age it's legal so you need to check her birthday against yours. Technically if she's 3 years and one day it's sexual assault.
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer You may be interested in reading Texas Penal Code 21.12 - IMPROPER RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EDUCATOR AND STUDENT. Here is a link: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/docs/pe/htm/pe.21.htm#21.12
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer In Teas, the age of consent is seventeen. The "Romeo & Juliet" defense only applies when the youngest is at least fourteen years old and the other is not more than three years older... three years and four months is too large of a gap.
The law itself does NOT punish the genders differently, but it does specify a wide range of possible punishments. When a person is sentenced for a crime, the judge or jury must choose an actual punishment that is within the range of possible...
Anton Pal Montano's answer It is difficult to give an accurate answer to this question without knowing all the details of your case. Generally, for example, a person may argue that a contract is voidable because he did not have the capacity or legal ability to enter the contract due to being under the influence of drugs or intoxication. However, it is usually a very high standard requiring the person to prove that he did not understand the nature of the agreement that he signed. I hope this answer is not coming too...
Robert Jason De Groot's answer It might have been 21, because the legal drinking age was changed as a result of sending 18 year olds to Viet Nam. If they can be sent to war, why can't they drink was the reasoning.
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