Sexual assault is one of the most devastating charges a person can face, where the accused often find themselves judged and outcast before a trial even happens.
The charge is generally defined as any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact against any individual by another. It’s a hot-button issue and a complex charge to face because a case can be prosecuted without a shred of physical evidence to support the accusation.
The accused can be charged with:
Even “sexting” among teenagers can be prosecuted as a sex crime in Texas.
A common defense in adult sexual assault cases is consent, where the defendant agrees that sexual relations did take place, but says they were voluntary, with no use of physical force, threats of violence, coercion, or manipulation.
Besides consent, other valid defenses include:
A sex assault can be classified as a first or second degree felony, with significant jail time, fines, and possible lifetime sex offender registry inclusion.
Make no mistake, you need to immediately speak to the aggressive attorneys at Jarvis Law Firm if you or someone you love is accused of Sexual Assault. The days ahead will be difficult, and knowing you have the right team fighting for your name and your future will be the first and best thing you can do.
You are not alone.