Sex offenses, such as sexual assault are frowned upon heavily in Texas and a conviction can bring serious consequences for the accused. The problem with sex cases, which makes them unique, is that there may not be any witnesses to the crime in question. So, this can become an issue of “he said, she said,” which can present challenges for the accused.
If you are facing sex crime charges in Texas, it is extremely important that you have a skilled, knowledgeable, and assertive criminal defense lawyer in your corner. The penalties for a sex crime in Texas, even a misdemeanor, can be harsh.
Sexual assault (rape) under Section 22.011of the Texas Penal Code, for example, is prosecuted as a first- or second-degree felony depending on the facts of the case. A first-degree felony is punishable by 55-99 years in prison, or life, and by a $10,000 fine.
Crimes Against Children vs. Adults
In Texas, prosecutors and judges want to know, was the victim a child or an adult? The offense can be a first or second-degree felony based on the age of the victim, whether the victim was injured, and whether the perpetrator used a weapon. As a general rule, the penalties are harsher if the victim was a child. Sex crime cases vary widely, and there are situations that involve false allegations, especially in the context of a divorce.
If you are being falsely accused, an effective defense will come down to your attorney’s preparation and hard work. One thing that is vital is understanding the alleged victim’s motivations. It’s not uncommon for false accusations to arise out of a child custody dispute, so it’s important for defense lawyers to understand the personalities involved and the dynamics at play.
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