McKinney Sex Crime Attorney
Defending Against Allegations of Sexual Assault
When a sexual assault accusation is made against you, it is essential to consult with an experienced criminal lawyer as soon as possible. Failure to mount a strong defense against charges for a sexual offense can result in harsh punishments, including fines, prison sentences, and sex offender registration. In addition, this type of conviction remains on a person’s criminal record for the rest of their life and often impacts their education, career, and housing opportunities.
Underwood & Associates is here to help you protect your rights and freedom. Our McKinney sex crime lawyer has the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to help you get your charges reduced or dropped. Even if your alleged offense was committed accidently or unintentionally, or you were not aware that you were engaging in unlawful activity, you will need an aggressive advocate on your side to avoid life-altering penalties.
Discuss your case with an experienced sexual assault attorney in Collin County by calling (972) 449-7091 or contacting us online.
WHAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT?
Under section 22.011 of the Texas Penal Code, a person may be charged with sexual assault if he or she intentionally or knowingly penetrated, or caused to be penetrated, someone else’s mouth, sexual organs, or anus without that individual’s consent, by any means.
According to section 22.021, an individual who commits sexual assault can be charged with aggravated sexual assault when the offense involves any factors that increase the severity of the act.
Aggravated sexual assault charges result when:
- The victim is 14 years old or younger
- The victim is disabled or elderly
- The victim feared bodily injury, kidnapping, or death
- The offender threatened to seriously injure, kill, or kidnap the victim
- The offender caused serious bodily injury or attempted murder of the victim
- The offender used a deadly weapon during the illegal act
- The offender used GHB, ketamine, roofies, or rohypnol while committing the offense
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT?
- Generally, sexual assault offenses are charged as second-degree felonies. Penalties for this level of crime can include 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- If the offender was prohibited from marrying the victim of the assault offense, the crime can be charged as a first-degree felony. A first-degree felony is punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
- Those accused of aggravated sexual assault will also face first-degree felony charges, with punishments ranging from 5 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
What is the Sex Offender Registry?
If you have been convicted of sex crime in the state of Texas, odds are you will have to register as a sex offender. The sex offender registry is online database that has your name, age, distinguishing characteristics and details about the crime that you were convicted of. This stays with you for life and will make it increasingly difficult to find places to work and live. Don't face this alone, you need the help of an experienced sex crime attorney from Underwood & Associates.
Let Our Firm Represent You
At Underwood & Associates, we understand that sexual assault allegations arise from a host of situations and are often based on false memories or accusations. Our McKinney sex crime lawyer is ready to examine your case from every angle to find the right legal strategy to defend against your charges.
Call (972) 449-7091 today to have your case reviewed by a knowledgeable sexual assault attorney.
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