Are you or a loved one facing aggravated sexual assault charges? In Plano, sexual assault charges can come with some steep penalties, and being convicted can result in a prison sentence of up to 20 years and up to $10,000 in fines. Once you are arrested for sexual assault or rape, getting the help of an experienced Plano sex crimes lawyer on your side is crucial. Call the Wilder Law Firm right away. Put our proven track record of success to work for you and protect your future.
If your charge is upgraded to aggravated sexual assault in Texas, you could be facing 25-to-life and again, up to $10,000 in fines. Being convicted of aggravated sexual assault also lands you on the Texas Sex Offender Registry, potentially for life.
There are a lot of factors at play in a Texas aggravated sexual assault charge, and trying to understand them all by yourself could cost you precious time. The time to fight for your reputation and freedom is now. Get the facts, and contact the Wilder Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation.
No matter where you’re from, if you’ve been charged with aggravated sexual assault, it’s important to understand how those aggravated sexual charges assault charges are determined. In Texas, aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault have different burdens of proof for the prosecution.
According to Texas Penal Code §22.011, sexual assault in Texas occurs when someone harms another person or threatens to harm that person through a sexual attack. These attacks include but are not limited to unwanted groping, rape, forced touching of or penetration by a sexual organ, and drugging someone against their will.
Sexual assault charges can be elevated to aggravated sexual assault in Texas, according to Texas Penal Code §22.021, when the act of sexual assault was committed with violence or kidnapping, or threats of violence or kidnapping directed at the victim or others.
Additionally, more severe sexual assault allegations can be prosecuted as aggravated sexual assault in Texas, including:
If you are charged with aggravated sexual assault in Texas, the prosecution must prove intent (among other factors) in order to secure a conviction. Every detail about the alleged incident matters, and proving that the accusations warrant the specific charge can be made challenging with the right defense.
Aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree felony. In addition to the penalties listed above, if your aggravated sexual assault charges involved a deadly weapon and/or a minor under the age of six, the penalty for conviction increases substantially. In Texas, aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of six both carry a minimum 25-year jail sentence if convicted.
Being charged with aggravated sexual assault in Texas can derail your life. Don’t risk your freedom on cheap defense. As both an aggressive defense attorney and a former prosecutor for the State of Texas, Doug Wilder and his team at the Wilder Law Firm understand the intricacies of aggravated sexual assault charges in Texas, and will stop at nothing to ensure that your rights are upheld in a court of law.