Schedule a Free Consultation | Se Habla Español
Improper Student Teacher Relationships Real Representation for Real People

Improper Student/Teacher Relationship in Denton, TX

If you are accused of having an improper relationship with a student, then your career and future is at stake. Our Denton County defense attorneys can help you.

When a Texas teacher or educator is found of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student (including online solicitation), the embarrassment and punishments may (and probably will) be accompanied by disciplinary actions on behalf of the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC), which could include the revocation of their teacher’s license.

If you or a person you know is being investigated (or charged with) for an improper relationship with a student, then you need to find a professional criminal defense attorney immediately. At Marsala Law Group, our Denton sex crime lawyers will assess your situation and find a strategy to obtain the best possible results for maintaining your freedom.

Texas seems to have a severe problem with sex crimes involving improper relationships between educators and students. This has been attributed to the ease of communication between teachers and students on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms. People have a tendency to think that whatever is said online is separate and isolated from real life, but that is certainly not the case.

Unfortunately, cases often arise in which the student may falsely accuse a teacher of school official of a sexual encounter or behavior, with the intention of perhaps receiving a better grade, receiving a settlement payment, or getting social media fame/attention. This is why it is important to have an experienced attorney who knows deception when they see it, and can discern when a false or twisted allegation is being made, and then create a strategic defense in order to ensure that the teacher does not suffer the penalties of an improper relationship with a student.

Sec. 21.12 of the Texas Penal Code states that any employee of a public or private academic institution from elementary through high school has committed a sex crime if they engage in “sexual contact, sexual intercourse, or deviate sexual intercourse” with:

  • A person enrolled in a public or private primary or secondary school at which the employee works
  • A person enrolled in a public or private primary or secondary school in the same school district as the school at which the employee works, or
  • A student participant in an educational activity that is sponsored by a school district or a public or private primary or secondary school.

These rules apply to anyone employed by the academic institution, including janitors, coaches, directors, principals, administrators, counselors and superintendents.

In the state of Texas, a criminal offense under this section of law is counted as a second-degree felony.

Defending a Charge of an Improper Teacher / Student Relationship

In order for a person to be successfully convicted of a sex crime of improper sexual relations with a student, the prosecution must “prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that the academic employee did in fact engage, with criminal intent, in sexual behavior with the student. The most common defense is to examine and question any evidence that the student may have an ulterior motive for making an exaggerated or entirely false accusation.

Texas statute 21.12 gives two defenses: A sexual offense has not occurred if the relationship was between two consenting adults and one of the following statements holds true:

  • The defendant was the spouse of the person enrolled at the school.
  • The defendant was less than three years older than the enrolled student and they had a preexisting relationship before the defendant worked at the school or in the district.

There are other defenses, though it is highly encouraged that you consult an experienced criminal attorney for specifics, as no two cases are the same, and each must be handled carefully – it is your future on the line, so don’t take un-needed risks.

Our Victories

Recent Case Results
  • A.G. – Denton Misdemeanor Assault Family Violence Not Guilty

    State presented seven eye-witnesses to dispute our claim of self-defense.

  • Clay County-DWI 2nd and Resisting Arrest Dismissed
  • J.P. – Dallas Felony Indecent Exposure Case Dismissed

    Original offer was 5 years in prison. After our investigation prior to trial, we discovered enough inconsistencies to convince the DA to dismiss!

  • H.R. – Denton Felony Aggravated Assault Not Guilty

    Not guilty verdict despite 3rd party-eye witness who testified my client went out to his car and grabbed a tire iron and chased after the victim and beat him repeatedly over the head. This is self-defense at it's finest.

  • S.M. – Denton Murder Case Dismissed
  • M.J. - Dallas Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child Not Guilty

    Substituted in for another attorney because client did not want to accept 8 years in prison.

  • A.P.G. – Denton Aggravated Sex Assault of Child & 3 Counts of Indecency with a Child Not Guilty - Jury Trial
  • S.B. – Cooke County Felony Theft Case Dismissed

    Dismissed the day before trial due to inadequate DNA evidence.

  • Dr. J.B. – DWI with Multiple Drug Charges Cases Dismissed

    All drug cases dismissed as well as a subsequent DWI while the client was on Probation.

  • Dr. R.C. – Tarrant DWI Not Guilty

The Marsala Law Group Difference

Reasons to Choose Our Team
  • Honest Legal Counsel

    We firmly believe honesty is the best policy. Our team will provide you with transparent updates and realistic outcomes.

  • Personalized Attention & Service

    Each case and each client is different. We provide focused representation that is specific to your case and your needs.

  • Available 24/7 for You

    Our lead attorney is personally available to each and every client. We are there for you day or night.

  • We Care About the Outcome

    We truly care about each and every client. We understand this is a vulnerable time in your life and we are committed to being with you every step of the way.

Trusted Representation

Real Reviews from Former Clients
    Listens. Works for you. Fights for you.

    “You can trust him with your future.”

    - Jonathan M.
    This attorney really cares about his clients and the outcome of their case.

    “I have personally seen him go the extra mile for myself as well as others and he has a talent for getting the truth heard, even when it seems impossible.”

    - Paul S.
    He is the epitome of a professional and a magician in the courtroom.

    “I would recommend him to anyone asking about anything.”

    - Chris
    I can't praise him enough and I thank God for him.

    “Mr. Marsala is a fantastic lawyer he is very professional and gave me hope where there wasn't none.”

    - Cathy F.
    He always handles everything with professionalism, speed, compassion, and like we are the most important case in his life.

    “We feel indebted to him for all of his hard work and would recommend anyone to him.”

    - Friddle

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

Our Team Is Available 24/7 for You Call (940) 386-6848 or fill out the form below. 
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.