When we picture sex crimes, we think of a stranger committing a sexual act against someone they don’t know. However, in today’s culture, it’s crucial to identify who and when police can charge people for sexual crimes. Therefore, Smith & Vinson is here to determine if sexual assault charges are possible in committed relationships.
Texas Sexual Assault Definition
Before we determine if prosecutors can charge someone in a committed relationship for sexual assault, we must define sexual assault charges in Texas.
Texas sexual assault charges are defined as intentionally or knowingly:
- Penetrating the anus or sexual organ of another person by any means without that person’s consent;
- Penetrating the mouth of another person with a sexual organ of the actor without that person’s consent;
- Causing the sexual organ of another person to penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person without that person’s consent.
This definition has a direct impact on a prosecutor’s ability to charge someone in a committed relationship with sexual assault.
Sexual Assault in a Committed Relationship
As the definition of sexual assault has nothing to do with the relationship between the actor and the person who is acting against his or her will, police can prosecute someone for sexual assault even if they are in a committed relationship with the accuser.
Therefore, a wife can accuse a husband of sexual assault, a boyfriend can accuse a girlfriend of sexual assault, and any person in any relationship with any else can accuse that person of sexual assault if the act was nonconsensual. Therefore, it’s always important to have consensual relations with another person, even if he or she is your significant other.
Accused of Sexual Assault?
If you or a loved one is accused of sexual assault, regardless of the relationship, Smith & Vinson can help. Our law firm is dedicated to representing clients who are charged and accused of any sex crimes. You have the right to representation, and our firm is ready to defend that right.
Call (512) 359-3743 now for a free consultation for your sexual assault case.