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Defending Against Criminal Allegations of Sexual Assault in TX

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 Austin sexual assault lawyers 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 our Austin sexual assault lawyers at (512) 359-3743.

Sexual Assault Defined in Texas

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 Sexual Assault Conviction Penalties in Texas

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 Austin Sexual Assault Lawyers

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 attorneys for sexual assault charges 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 our Austin sexual assault lawyers at (512) 359-3743 or contact us online.

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  • Smith and Vinson are absolutely incredible! They go above and beyond to help their clients and have a track record of success in getting cases dismissed. Their aggressive approach and unwavering dedication make them stand out from the rest.
    - Linda W.
  • What sets this firm apart is their unwavering dedication to their clients. They listen attentively, provide clear guidance, and approach every case with the utmost diligence. Their attention to detail is truly impressive, and they leave no stone unturned.
    - Former Client
  • When in battle you need people by your side who are fierce enough to face the opposition with you. Brad and Jarod far exceeded my expectations with their passion for winning and attention to detail.
    - Nikki C.
  • After the Jury was selected, the first witness was called to the stand, and Brad and Jarrod imploded the State's case. Moments later, the case was dismissed. I couldn't be any more thankful for Smith & Vinson.
    - Former Client

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      Our client was reportedly heard making terroristic threats by some members of his seventh-grade class. Police charged him with a felony. Our client was a boy scout who was well-liked by teachers but had developed ADHD and was being bullied.

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      Our client was arrested after two girls he met online turned out to be underage. He was charged with four counts of sex assault of a child. The State interviewed the girls and obtained incriminating cell phone evidence, as well as evidence of drug use. The DA’s Office aggressively prosecuted this case and sought prison time.

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      Our client was stopped by a police officer for driving the wrong way down a one-way street. A Blood Warrant was issued, and the test came back .09. Our client was new to the area and attempting to get a job. Pleading guilty to a DWI was not an option. After negotiating with the prosecutor, our firm was able to get the DWI charge dismissed after successful completion of 18 months deferred prosecution.

    • Charges Dismissed Sexual Assault

      Our client met a woman on a dating app who claimed that she was sexually assaulted. We assisted our client in interviewing with the police. He was facing up to 20 years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration. After Smith and Vinson's thorough review of the case and careful negotiations, the case against him was dismissed by the District Attorney's Office.

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      Our client was involved in a domestic altercation that resulted in one of the parties sustaining a very serious life -altering injury that required serious medical intervention. We took the case and approached our defense with heavy strong willed negotiations with the State.

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