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Rachel M. Taft

Rachel M. Taft

  • Criminal Law
  • Texas
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Rachel Taft is an associate at Varghese Summersett, a boutique criminal defense firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. Rachel primarily assists with state and federal criminal defense matters, including DWI and drug offenses. She also oversees the majority of the firm's expunctions and nondisclosures. Rachel is strategic, conscientious and well-versed in complex aspects of criminal law.

Practice Area
  • Criminal Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 24097171
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Post Bar Intern
Varghese Summersett
Research Assistant
Texas A & M University School of Law
Law Clerk
Cofer Law Firm
Legal Intern
Federal Public Defender's Office - Northern District of Texas
Texas A&M University School of Law
J.D. (2016)
Honors: Cum Laude
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University of North Texas
B.B.A. (2011)
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Texas # 24097171
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Tarrant County Bar Association, Criminal Section
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Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. What can I do when a clerk forgets to close a case that was supposed to be dismissed as part of a plea deal?
A: You will need to contact your attorney and view the file to make sure the plea deal was properly recorded. It may just be a simple matter of submitting the dismissal paperwork for Judge's signature.
Q. How can I find out where someone has court with an up coming court date?
A: You can call the county or district clerk, misdemeanor or felony respectively, of the county where the offense is charged and ask what his court day is. You may also call his bondsman to check-in on these dates. Hope this helps!
Q. Would a 19 year old be charged with rape if he had sex with a 14 year old? And would the sentence be.
A: Minors under the age of 17 cannot legally consent to sexual contact. There is an exception for persons over 14 years of age who are within three years of age. Generally speaking, 19-year-olds cannot legally have even consensual contact with 14-year-olds. It is considered Sexual Assault of a Child U/17 and carries a range of punishment of 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. To learn more about this offense read here
Q. If a 16 year old and a 17 year old are having a baby can one of them face criminal charges
A: The offense of Sexual Assault of a Child Under 17 years of age does have limitations. If the two parties involved are within with years of age difference, and the sexual contact is consensual, then the act is not criminal. If there are any concerns about consent; whether it physical or verbal threat, intoxication by alcohol or any other substance, or position of power, then an investigation may be warranted. To learn more about this offense visit here:
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Contact & Map
Varghese Summersett PLLC
300 Throckmorton Street, Suite 1650
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Telephone: (817) 203-2220