Dallas Sexual Assault Attorney
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 in multiple ways. Sexual assault of a child or indecency with a child occurs when 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 from case to case in the specific circumstances that may have occurred.
Our experienced sex crime defense lawyer works to unearth the facts in each situation in order to create a defense that always keeps your rights in mind. Please contact Peter Barrett: Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney to discuss the specific facts of any allegations against you and fight to protect your rights.
What Are The Penalties For Child Sex Abuse In Texas?
The penalties for conviction are:
- A child sex assault offense is punished as a felony in the second degree, which will lead to a fine of up to $10,000 and prison time from two to 20 years.
- If the offender is prohibited from marrying or holding out as married to the victim, then it will be considered a felony in the first degree. The prison sentence can be from five to 99 years (or life) in person and a fine of 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 two to 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 in the second degree. The prison time ranges from two to 20 years.
It is important to note that when it comes to certain sex offenses, statutes of limitation often do not apply. In Texas, there is no statute of limitations for sexual assault on a child. There is also no limit on the prosecution of indecency with a child, continuous child sex abuse, sexual assault on an adult when there is DNA evidence, and aggravated sexual assault of a child.
An Attorney Can Help You From The Very Beginning Of Your Case
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 will advise you on what or what not to say in order to protect your interests. Under no circumstances should you be answering questions asked by police without an attorney present.
Know Your Options When Facing Sexual Assault Charges – Contact Us Today
It is important to understand that an allegation does not mean that you will automatically be considered guilty! You have legal options. Our attorney, Peter Barrett, takes the time to review your case and present the full list of options available to you. Choices are empowering and can give an individual more control in a situation, which is what our legal team strives for with each case.