Texas Sexual Harassment Questions & Answers

Q: I am not a lawyer. How/where can I research specific civil case records heard in Harris County, TX District Courts?

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Answered on Dec 21, 2018
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.

Q: I was sexually harassed at work to the point where I felt the need to quit because HR wasn't taking my complaint

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Answered on Nov 28, 2018
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.

Stephen Black, Licensed in Tx and Fl.

Q: I don't want to file a claim, but my co-worker does - can I remain anonymous in corroborating stuff she says?

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Answered on Oct 25, 2018
Stephen Arnold Black's answer
you and your friend should discuss your 2 cases in private with counsel.

Q: I'm 16 and I'm 6months pregnant by a 26 year old male,and he even hit me twice when I was pregnant will he get in troubl

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Answered on Oct 15, 2018
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer
He could end up serving time in the state penitentiary for sexual assault and then spending the rest of his life on the sex offender registry.

Q: In texas the age of consent is 17, so is it LEGAL for a 17 y/o to date and have sexual intercourse with someone who’s 24

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Sexual Harassment and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Answered on Sep 17, 2018
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.

Q: Extreme sexual advances daily by boss. He assaulted me yesterday while holding a firearm threatening to have me arrested

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Answered on Apr 7, 2018
Gary D. Peak's answer
So if he is an Ex con, why not report him to police as felon in possession of a fire arm?

He is not required to sign any contract as Tx is an "at will" State, which means they can fire you without cause, subject to some limitations.

If this abusive boss, has a supervisor, you should document each of these events, what happened, where you were, any witnesses, etc. and report it to his supervisor.

Q: In the year 2007, in the state of texas, can a 16 year old girl have sexual relations with a 19 year old man?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Answered on Mar 24, 2018
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.

Q: I have a trial coming up in March 2018 and am dealing with a court appointed attorney is it too late to retain lawyer?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Answered on Jan 30, 2018
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!

Q: Back story. At a party at a friends I feel asleep on the couch. A girl at the party wrote rape me on my forehead

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 5, 2018
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.

Q: Is it legal for a girl who just turned 14 to date someone who is almost 18?

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 3, 2018
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...

Q: Wifes EX leers at her as he walks/drives by generally creeping her out at work. what can she do?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Sexual Harassment, Criminal Law and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Dec 21, 2017
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer
If the behavior ever rises to the level of actual threats it might be enough for a Protective Order under Chapter 7A of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

Q: Is it illegal to beat someone up if they rape your girlfriend?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for Texas on
Answered on Dec 19, 2017
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.

If you are charged with Assault you will need...

Q: Im16 and a girl 19 wants to have sex is it illegal

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Answered on Sep 23, 2017
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.

Q: My 8 year old daughter got sexually assaulted on a school bus by a 14 year old

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Personal Injury for Texas on
Answered on Jul 18, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Possibly, if the school had notice the youth was a predator or if the driver could have seen something,

Q: My son is having sex with a teacher who works at his school but this teacher isn't one of his teachers. Is this illegal?

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for Texas on
Answered on May 7, 2017
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

Q: In Texas can a 16yo & a 13yo legally have sex? 3 years & 4 months age difference. Both consenting & protected

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Answered on Mar 5, 2017
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...

Q: Can someone being accused of sexual molestation or non consensual case, fight it from a foreign location?

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 19, 2017
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer
Your friend will almost certainly have to return to successfully fight the charges... and doing it right will be expensive.

Q: Can a contract be enforced if the seller states he was under the influence?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Securities Law, Sexual Harassment and Small Claims for Texas on
Answered on Apr 7, 2016
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...

Q: What was the legal age in 1958?

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Answered on Sep 25, 2013
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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