Rape, referred to in Texas statutes as “sexual assault,” is considered by Texas law to be an especially heinous crime, which exposes the accused to extremely severe penalties, some of which last a lifetime. The Texas Penal Code defines sexual assault as:
In addition, your rape charge may be elevated to “aggravated sexual assault” under certain circumstances delineated in the state’s law:
A charge of non-aggravated sexual assault, a second-degree felony, exposes you to a potential sentence of anywhere from two to twenty years in a Texas prison, along with a fine of as much as $10,000.00. This carries a sentence of two to twenty years in a state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Aggravated assault (defined above), is a first-degree felony, which can result in your being sentenced from five to ninety-nine years in prison. For certain aggravated sexual assault offenses, Texas law requires a minimum prison sentence of 25 years:
Not only will a charge of rape threaten your freedom, potentially for a very long period of time, but it will permanently damage your reputation and cause your name, photo, address, and the nature of your charges to be available to the public and published on a registry of sexual offenders, often for the remainder of your life. (An exception is made in some cases of statutory rape involving consensual sexual relationships between young people close in age.) Your employment prospects will be seriously limited, as will your ability to obtain housing, not to mention the humiliation of being labelled as a sexual offender for life.
Keep in mind that being accused of rape is not the same as being convicted. As with any crime, the Constitution requires that you are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. There are defenses available that may succeed in beating the charges. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney working on your behalf can make the difference between spending many years in prison and being able to move forward in your life in freedom.
In Houston, if you have been arrested or accused of rape, don’t answer any questions by police and assert your constitutional right to counsel by calling the offices of attorney Mary E. Conn Law immediately.
The attorneys at Mary E. Conn Law have years of experience in defense of rape charges and employ defense strategies that will often result in the best possible outcome for your freedom and future options. They understand the nuances of Texas state criminal law, and will plan the best strategy available considering the circumstances of the alleged crime. In some cases, they may be able to prevent prosecutors from filing charges at all; in others, they will work to have your case dismissed or the charges reduced. If necessary, they will take your case to trial to fight for a full acquittal on all charges. Mary E. Conn and her associates are seasoned trial lawyers who will never sell you out or push you into a plea bargain simply to avoid going to court. If the prosecutor’s case is less than air-tight, a strong defense can create the reasonable doubt of your innocence in the minds of the jurors that could result in a “not guilty” verdict.
These are some of the possible defenses that might be used in your case, depending upon the circumstances:
If the alleged victim was a minor:
If you or someone close to you has been accused of sexual assault, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. You may be offered the services of a public defender, but it’s best to do whatever is necessary to obtain your own private counsel. Public defenders are notoriously overloaded with cases and simply can’t give your situation the focused attention required to achieve the best outcome.
At the law offices of Houston, Texas, criminal defense attorney Mary E. Conn, you will have the advantage of more than thirty years of successful criminal defense experience. Mary E. Conn is a top-rated Texas criminal defense attorney, with the highest possible ratings by Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent) and AVVO (10 of a possible 10).
At Mary E. Conn Law, we treat every client with the respect they deserve. We are committed to giving each client the best defense available under the law and pride ourselves in protecting those whom we represent from violations of their legal rights, while minimizing or omitting penalties in many cases. If you have been arrested or questioned or are concerned that you may be accused of sexual assault, waste no time bringing our attorneys on board. Call today for your free consultation. The sooner we start advocating for you, the better the odds that you will beat the charges or obtain a less severe penalty.