Dallas Sexual Assault Defense Attorney
Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer Ready to Represent You
Sexual assault is a very serious allegation that can result in a lifetime of penalties and permanent damage to your reputation. Under Texas law sexual assault is defined multiple ways. Please contact Attorney Peter Barrett to discuss the specific facts of any allegations against you and fight to protect your rights.
As our client, you can expect the following:
- Representation backed by 25+ years of experience
- A personalized approach to even the toughest legal matters
- One-on-one attention
- 24/7 availability
Sexual assault of a child or Indecency with a Child occurs where a person engages in sexual acts with a minor under the age of 17. Texas' sexual assault laws are very specific, depending on the facts of each case. This leaves significant room for variability case to case in the specific circumstances that may have occurred. Our experienced Dallas sex crime lawyer works to unearth the facts in each situation in order to create a defense that always keeps your rights in mind.
Facing sexual assault charges? Begin building the defense you need today - call (214) 307-8667 to speak with a Dallas sexual assault lawyer.
Penalties for Child Sex Abuse in Texas
The penalties for conviction are:
A child sex assault offense is punished as a felony on the 2nd degree, which will lead to a fine up to $10,000 and prison time from 2 - 20 years
If the offender is prohibited from marrying or holding out as married to the victim, then it will be considered a felony on the 1st degree. The prison sentence can be from 5 - 99 years/life in person or/and a fine up to $10,000
Indecency with a child is a felony on the 3rd degree if the offender exposed their genitals when a child is present or caused a child’s genitals to be exposed. The prison sentence can be from 2 - 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
If the offender caused the child to engage in sexual contact, it will be considered a felony on the 2nd degree. The prison time ranges from 2 - 20 years.
Texas Statutes of Limitations for Sexual Crimes Against Children
There is no statute of limitations for sexual assault on a child. There is also no limit on the prosecution of the following criminal offenses:
Indecency with a child
Continuous child sex abuse
Sexual assault on an Adult when there is DNA evidence
Aggravated sexual assault of a child
What Should I Do if I’ve Been Accused?
If you are contacted by police in regards to sexual assault accusations, it is imperative that you retain seasoned counsel to protect your rights and best interests during this difficult and challenging time.
Having an attorney on your side can help you:
- Protect yourself from self-incrimination
- Protect your property from unconstitutional searches and seizures
- Examine the evidence against you
- Plan a solid defense to help avoid serious consequences
Police interrogations can be incredibly coercive and deceptive, but an experienced attorney may be able to see through this and advise you on what or what not to say in order to uphold your best interests. Under no circumstances should you be answering questions asked by police without an attorney present.
What Are My Options if I’m Facing Sexual Assault Charges?
If the accused is no more than three years older than the minor, does not have a prior conviction for a sexual offense, and if the alleged victim is older than 14, age is a legitimate defense in the eyes of the court. It is important to understand that an allegation does not mean that you will automatically be considered guilty! You have legal options.
As a Dallas criminal defense attorney, Peter Barrett takes the time to review your case and present a number of options that help you understand the courses of action that can be taken in your situation. Choices are empowering and can give an individual more control in a situation, which is what our legal team strives for in every client we handle for our clients.
Call our office at (214) 307-8667 to receive aconfidential consultation with our Dallas criminal defense attorney.
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