Few criminal cases are more serious than a rape case, as sexual assault is a crime that carries some extremely harsh penalties, in addition to a strong social stigma that can haunt you for a lifetime. What’s more, if convicted, you will likely be required to register as a sex offender, which can not only be humiliating; this can also limit your ability to live in certain locations, work certain jobs and when a serious crime occurs in the community, you may be one of the first people the authorities call in for investigation.
Some of the criminal penalties for rape are second only to those involving murder. So it is absolutely essential that you trust your case to an experienced legal team. The elite sex crimes defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we are ready to defend you as we work to help secure your freedom and your future.
Clients turn to our Dallas defense lawyers with tremendous confidence, as we have more than 20 years of experience defending rape and sexual assault cases in Dallas, Plano, Fort Worth, and the surrounding area.
If you or a loved one have been investigated or arrested for rape or another sex crime in Collin County, contact our law firm immediately to discuss your case in a fully confidential case consultation session. Call the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass at (972) 422-9999.
Common Questions and Concerns After an Arrest for Rape or Sexual Assault
Rape allegations carry a heavy social stigma and the potential penalties are profoundly life altering. For this reason, it’s understandable that you may be feeling frightened, embarrassed and worried about your future and your freedom.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our defense attorneys have handled numerous rape cases, so we understand what questions and concerns you may have at this point in time. Our team has compiled information on a few of the most common inquiries that we receive, as we believe that this can help to reduce some of the stress and uncertainty that you’re experiencing.
What is the Legal Definition of Rape in Texas?
Covered under Texas penal code section 22.011, rape is defined as intentionally and knowingly pursuing non-consensual and unwelcome sexual contact with another person involving penetration. The case may involve physical force, coercion, threats of violence and manipulation. In some instances, the victim may be considered incapable of consent, such as in the case of someone who is drugged, disabled or a young child.
Statutory rape typically applies to consensual, non-violent sexual acts involving sexual contact with a minor who is under the age of 17 years. There must be an age differential of more than three years between the two parties.
While physical evidence can bolster a prosecutor’s case, physical evidence is not necessarily required to pursue a rape case. This makes sexual assault a rather frightening charge, as it may be pursued without physical evidence, based solely upon one individual’s word.
When is Rape Considered “Aggravated”?
A rape case may be prosecuted as aggravated sexual assault in cases with elements such as:
violence or threat of bodily injury;
rape of a child under age 14;
rape of someone who is elderly or disabled;
rape involving a drug such as Rohypnol;
brandishing or threatening the victim with a deadly weapon; or
rape performed during the course of a kidnapping.
Aggravated rape cases are subject to more severe penalties, as this sex crime is usually prosecuted as a first-degree felony – the most serious type of felony.
Is Rape a Misdemeanor or Felony in Collin County?
Texas law considers sexual assault a felony. It may be prosecuted as a second-degree felony or a more serious first-degree felony. Notably, this also applies to non-violent statutory rape cases, which are typically charged as a second-degree felony.
In Texas, second-degree felonies are associated with a prison sentence of 2 to 20 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
n Texas, first-degree felonies carry a possible sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Will I Need to Register as a Sex Offender if I’m Convicted of Rape?
If you are convicted of rape, it is almost certain that you will be required to register as a sex offender. But there are some exceptions.
The most common exception involves statutory rape case involving consensual sex. These cases may be covered by the relatively new Texas “Romeo and Juliet” law.
Under the Texas “Romeo and Juliet” law, you may be exempted from the requirement to register as a sex offender if you are a young adult over the age of 17 with a case that involved consensual sex with a person who was at least age 15 but under age 17. The age difference between the two parties cannot exceed four years.
Trust Your Rape Defense to an Experienced Texas Criminal Lawyer
Facing rape charges in Texas can be an absolutely terrifying prospect. This felony charge holds the potential to transform your life in some powerful ways. It’s possible you could lose your freedom for decades – or worse, for life. With so much at stake, it’s vital that you trust your case to an experienced sex crimes defense lawyer.
The rape defense lawyers with The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass currently serve clients across Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and beyond, including Dallas County, Collin County, and Denton County. Once we learn more about the evidence and facts in your case, our legal team will devise an aggressive yet highly strategic defense strategy to help maximize your chances of seeing a positive resolution to your case.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass were established by a Texas criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Jeffrey Grass, who has been in practice for over 20 years. Attorney Grass has served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG). He was also selected as one of the Top 100 Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Additionally, he maintains an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
If you’re facing a rape allegation, you must trust your case to an experienced sex crimes lawyer if you are to maximize your chances of seeing a favorable case conclusion. Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to receive a fully confidential, no-cost case evaluation. Call (972) 422-9999.
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