Aggravated Sexual Assault
Sexual assault, formerly known as “rape,” has always been harshly dealt with by the Texas courts. The Texas Penal Code also carries laws against sexual assault that occur within certain circumstances.
These “special circumstances” can lead to a charge of “aggravated sexual assault,” which carries a more severe penalty upon conviction.
The state prosecutor can enter a charge of aggravated sexual assault if the accused:
- Causes serious bodily injury or attempts to cause the death of the victim or another person
- Causes the victim to fear that the death, bodily injury, or kidnapping of another person will occur
- Threatens to kill, injure, or kidnap another
- Uses or brandishes a deadly weapon such as a gun or knife
- The victim is younger than 14 years of age; 65 years of age or older, or is disabled
Sexual Assault Punishments in Texas
In Texas, anyone convicted on a charge of sexual assault faces punishment for a second degree felony charge. This can result in from 2 to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000 making it a good idea to hire an expert Houston criminal defense lawyer experienced in fighting sexual assault allegations.
Anyone convicted of aggravated sexual assault faces a first degree felony punishment, which can range from 5 to 99 years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000. In some circumstances, such as the age of the victim or in the physical brutality of the attack, aggravated sexual assault can result in a life sentence.
In addition to prison time, anyone convicted of aggravated sexual assault is also required to register as a sex offender with the State of Texas for the rest of their life.
As a sex offender, that individual will be subject to severe restrictions on what jobs they can hold, where they live, and eligibility for a number of federal and state aid programs.
Defense Against Aggravated Sexual Assault Charges
Given the severe penalties for conviction of aggravated sexual assault, anyone arrested on this charge should immediately contact an experienced sex crime defense attorney.
Only an experienced Houston criminal defense attorney will be familiar with both the Texas laws regarding sexual assault and the requirements necessary for the state to prove such charges.
In many cases, the established facts will not be sufficient to win a conviction and the state will be forced to either reduce the charge or to dismiss it.
Contact Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer Mario Madrid
In his years of criminal law practice, Houston criminal defense lawyer Mario Madrid has successfully defended dozens of clients who have been charged with sexual assault. Having Mario Madrid as your criminal defense attorney will assure you of the best possible defense against criminal sexual assault charges at all phases of the legal process.
For a free evaluation of your case, call attorney Mario Madrid at 713-877-9400.