Plano, Texas Defense Lawyer for Teachers Accused of Sexual Relationship With Students
Lawyer in Collin County for Teachers Accused of Impropriety with Students
Over the last few decades, there have been numerous stories nationwide of teachers facing criminal charges for engaging in sexual relationships with their students. In fact, the issue has become so concerning that Texas lawmakers created a new statute in 2003 to address such relationships.
At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., we know the impact that a criminal charge for an improper relationship can have on a teacher's life and career. We also realize that such charges often create a presumption of guilt, even if the allegations are not true. If you are a teacher who is facing charges for an improper relationship with one of your students, Attorney Darlina Crowder and her team are equipped to help you. We have obtained more than 300 acquittals and not-guilty verdicts for our clients in the last two decades, and we are prepared to put our proven approach to work for you.
Skilled Attorney in North Texas Who Knows the Law
The Texas Penal Code prohibits sexual relationships between primary or secondary school educators and their students. Under the law, educators include teachers, trainees, librarians, school administrators, counselors, and a number of other employees of a school or school district. Such a person may not engage in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse, or sexual contact with any student enrolled in a school within the same school district or any student participating in an activity sponsored by the educator's school or school district. Online solicitation of a student also falls under the offense of an improper relationship if the act is committed by an educator, as defined by the law.
An improper relationship between an educator and a student is a second-degree felony. A conviction could result in a prison sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. In addition to the criminal penalties, an offender is also likely to face punishment from the school, the school district, and the State Board of Education, as well.
Protecting Your Future and Your Career
The experienced team at The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. knows what is at stake when you are facing charges for an improper relationship with a student. We also realize, however, that securing a conviction can be challenging for prosecutors, as it requires proving beyond a reasonable doubt that sexual contact or intercourse occurred. Intimate conversations, notes, or even spending time alone outside of school with a student does not constitute an improper relationship under the law. Some might not consider such behavior appropriate, but inappropriate is not the same as illegal.
When you contact our firm, we will go right to work in investigating the circumstances of your case and your arrest. We will find any and all details that could be helpful in building an aggressive, responsible defense against the charges you are facing. Our team will also ensure that your rights are fully protected and that you are treated with dignity and respect throughout the process. With our experience and knowledge of the law, we will do everything we can to help secure the best possible outcome for you.
Contact Us for Help
To learn more about The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. and how we handle improper relationship cases, contact our office. Call 214-303-9600 for a free, no-obligation consultation and case review today. Our firm serves clients in Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, McKinney, Garland, Frisco, Collin County, Tarrant County, Dallas County, Denton County, Grayson County, and the surrounding areas. Se habla Espanol.