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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
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?

Not 100% comfortable with court appointed. Is it too late to go another route?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jan 30, 2018

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for Texas on
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

And took pictures. Is that illegal. And what can I do

Roy Lee Warren
Roy Lee Warren answered on Jan 5, 2018

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: Is it legal for a girl who just turned 14 to date someone who is almost 18?

A boy I know and this girl started dating, well, she just turned 14, and he’s going to be 18 soon.. he says it’s legal for them to date since it’s only three years apart, but what happens once he’s 18?

Paul Looney
Paul Looney answered on Jan 3, 2018

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Sexual Harassment, Criminal Law and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Wifes EX leers at her as he walks/drives by generally creeping her out at work. what can she do?

Wife & her Ex have been DIV'd since 2014. He and she work for diff contractors for X. He watches her in the parking lot when he should be working. If she is in a building and he is there, he makes and effort to leer at her as she walks by with his jaws clinched, she is afraid of what he... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Dec 21, 2017

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: Is it illegal to beat someone up if they rape your girlfriend?
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Dec 19, 2017

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Q: Im16 and a girl 19 wants to have sex is it illegal
Russ Hunt Jr.
Russ Hunt Jr. answered on Sep 23, 2017

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: My 8 year old daughter got sexually assaulted on a school bus by a 14 year old

I'm wondering if I can sue him and the school for allowing at 14 year old to sit with her on the bus and the bus driver not doing anything about it? There footage of my daughter standing up and looking out the window looking scared.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 18, 2017

Possibly, if the school had notice the youth was a predator or if the driver could have seen something,

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for Texas on
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?

My son is 18. The Teacher is 25. They haven't been having sexual relations on school property. I can't imagine this being illegal for him but I want to know if she might face charges.

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on May 7, 2017

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Q: In Texas can a 16yo & a 13yo legally have sex? 3 years & 4 months age difference. Both consenting & protected

If this is illegal, would the 16 year old get the same punishment regaurdless if they are male or female? What would happen to the 13 year old?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Mar 5, 2017

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...
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1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: Can someone being accused of sexual molestation or non consensual case, fight it from a foreign location?

1. A case is being filed by a lady against my friend who is now in foreign location. He is confident of the case but doesn't want to return to america with the fear of the imprisonment. Can he present his case through video conferencing from an international location?

2. Also could... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jan 19, 2017

Your friend will almost certainly have to return to successfully fight the charges... and doing it right will be expensive.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Securities Law, Sexual Harassment and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Can a contract be enforced if the seller states he was under the influence?

Yesterday I got the news that the seller has agreed and signed on my offer to purchase a condo. Then today I get a call that he was under the influence of pain medication from yesterday morning's doctor's visit and that he does not remember agreeing to the contract. Can this contract... Read more »

Anton Pal Montano
Anton Pal Montano answered on Apr 7, 2016

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Q: What was the legal age in 1958?
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Sep 25, 2013

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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