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Facing Criminal Charges?
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Austin Sexual Assault Attorneys

Defending Against Criminal Allegations

A sexual assault allegation can ruin your reputation and strain relationships. On top of that, if you are convicted, you could be sentenced to years in prison, be subject to steep fines, and be required to register as a sex offender. With your future and freedom on the line, it’s crucial to have an experienced lawyer on your side to fight charges.

At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, our attorneys have years of experience handling complex legal matters and are practiced at developing effective defenses on behalf of individuals facing criminal accusations. We know that this can be a stressful and frightening experience, which is why we take the time to answer your questions, listen to your side of the story, and inform you of the potential outcomes. Our team will fight hard to minimize the effects of a conviction on your life.

Schedule your free consultation today by calling us at (512) 359-3743.

Sexual Assault Defined

In Texas, it is illegal for an individual to intentionally and knowingly subject another person to non-consensual and unwanted sexual contact.

Specifically, an individual could violate this offense if they:

  • Penetrate the anus, sexual organ, or mouth of another person with their own sexual organ; or
  • Make someone else’s sexual organ come in contact with or penetrate their own sexual organ, anus or mouth

Such acts are prohibited against both adults and children. It is not a defense under this law for the individual to say they didn’t know the age of the person they had sexual contact with.

What Is Consent Under Texas Law?

The law states that if a person uses physical violence or threats to compel, force, or manipulate another individual into participating in sexual conduct, the actor does not have consent for the act. Additionally, if a person is unconscious or physically unable to refuse, they cannot give their permission to be involved in sexual activity. Also, people in certain occupations who use their status to exploit the vulnerabilities of another for sex, cannot be said to have received consent for the act.

Such individuals include:

  • Public servants,
  • Mental health providers, and
  • Employees of facilities where an alleged victim lives

Potential Conviction Penalties

Sexual assault is charged as a second-degree felony.

The penalties for a conviction include:

  • Up to 20 years in prison
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Lifetime registration as a sex offender

If the individual sexually assaulted someone they were prohibited from marrying, the level of offense could be elevated to a first-degree felony.

Violators could face the following penalties:

  • Up to 99 years in prison
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Lifetime registration as a sex offender

Retain the Services of Our Seasoned Team Today

The consequences of a sexual assault conviction could follow you around long after you served your time and paid your fines. You might have difficulty finding housing, getting a job, or obtaining credit. Additionally, because of the sex offender registry requirement, you might be limited in where you can go and whom you can contact.

Our Austin lawyers at Smith & Vinson Law Firm will review the prosecutor’s evidence to identify flaws and weaknesses. We will seek to get the case dismissed or charges dropped.

To discuss your case during a free consultation, call us at (512) 359-3743 or contact us online.

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  • Exceptionally versed in the intricacies of Texas criminal law

    “Having never been exposed to the criminal system, hiring an attorney was daunting task. Attorney Brad Vinson was informative, professional yet sympathetic with his approach to my case. Mr. Vinson was open to opinion and ensured that all legal avenues were considered and addressed before presenting a course of action. Ultiamtely, Mr. Vinson was able to negotiate a reasonable settlement dispite many hoops and hurdles presented by the prosecuting county. I would highly recommend Smith and Vinson for representation in a criminal matter.”

    Michael

  • Second to NONE

    “I would love to add my thanks and heart felt appreciation for the help that your law firm provided me. Before I met you guys my situation looked very bleak and quite honestly your dedication to my case really carried over this past year and the reward was not only one felony dismissal but two. Thank you from the Ramirez family, I will always be great full and you guys have earned a spot in my family. For anyone reading, this firm is second to NON, they know what there talking about and do exactly what they promise to do. Very professional, on time and and educate you along the whole process. I had alot to lose and you guys gave it all back to me and finally represented what true Justice is here in America. God bless you both and God bless your firm”

    Manuel R.

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    “Pay them, be honest with them and communicate with them and they will fix your mistake. Plain and simple. Charged 1st DWI offense. Called in. Told them scenario. Worked with payment methods (very important) .I had numerous lawyers to choose from. 110% glad I chose Jarrod to represent and fight for me. Throughout whole process I had the utmost confidence in Mr. Smith and his work. the goal when we first met was to "get the DWI dismissed" and that is exactly what happened. mission accomplished. if you need a DWI removed call jarrod”

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    “A civil issue arose in Austin with a family member. We sought the advice of a well named Austin attorney. This unnamed attorney provided egregious legal advice. In court, a lifetime civil injunction was ruled by the judge on this non-criminal civil issue. Once learning of this judgement we immediately started looking for another attorney and found Brad Vinson, with Smith and Vinson. Simply put, Brad had this entire debacle reversed and a new judgement set for what is customarily ruled in similar cases. It didn't take long either. I only wish we had called Brad first. He's a real lawyer!”

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    “Jarrod Smith of Smith and Vinson Law Firm provided me with the best service I could have possibly asked for. Having no background in law and finding myself in a situation that left me feeling extremely vulnerable, I felt quickly at ease in their care. They were very reasonable with my situation and helped work around my needs in providing me the most support and information on how to best handle my case. I'd recommend this firm to anyone seeking help with a traffic violation of any kind. I feel that if it weren't for them I would have been heavily misguided and probably would not have made it through the system with the best possible outcome for me. 5 Stars for their service, generosity, and in making me feel like a top priority!”

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