Being accused and then convicted of a sex crime is very serious in both Texas and Louisiana. These sorts of allegations have ruined lives. Therefore, it is very important to understand the specifics of age of consent laws in order to protect your reputation and stay on the right side of the law. According to Age of Consent, the age of consent in Texas is 17. In Louisiana, the age of consent is also 17.
The laws governing age of consent are different between states. However, Louisiana and Texas have relatively similar statutes. It is important to know that in both Louisiana and Texas there is no so-called Romeo and Juliet Clause. A Romeo and Juliet Clause stipulates that persons in a similar age bracket may not be prosecuted for age of consent violations if they are within a certain age of each other. Typically, this clause applies to those who engage in sexual intercourse while one party is around the age of 18, and the other party is just below the age of consent.
However, in both Texas and Louisiana this law does not exist. Therefore, in both of these states, it is theoretically possible for two people who are under the age of consent and engage in sexual intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape. This, however, is very uncommon.
There is also no legal excuse in either Texas or Louisiana for not knowing the age of a sexual partner. Make sure to understand how old any potential sexual partners are before engaging in intercourse. If you are unsure of the age of a potential partner, make sure to check ID. If you are still concerned, it is much safer to refrain from intercourse.