Sexual Assault / Rape in Texas
Obtain Legal Counsel from Our El Paso Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been accused of sexual assault, you will be aggressively prosecuted
in court and perhaps viewed as guilty in the eyes of the media and your
peers. Nevertheless, false accusations are made often, which is why it
is imperative to seek legal representation from an experienced and skilled
sex crimes attorney.
Law Offices of Ruben Ortiz, we can conduct our own investigation and gather crucial evidence necessary
to develop a relentless and solid defense strategy for you. With
nearly 20 years of experience, our El Paso criminal defense attorney has the extensive knowledge of
Texas laws and court proceedings in order to get your charges reduced
or your case dismissed altogether.
Penalties for Sexual Assault
Sexual assault, also known as rape, is defined by Texas law as any non-consensual,
unwanted sexual contact or penetration against another individual with
the threat or use of physical force or violence. The offense is typically
considered a second degree felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence
between two and 20 years.
However, there are some circumstances that may elevate the sexual assault
charge to an aggravated sexual assault charge. This type of sexual assault
offense is a first degree felony, punishable by a life imprisonment sentence
or a prison sentence between five and 99 years.
Aggravated circumstances include the following:
- The offender caused serious injury or attempted to cause the death of the victim
- The offender placed the victim in fear of death, serious injury, or kidnapping
- The offender acted with another person in committing the crime
- The offender used a deadly weapon in committing the crime
- The offender used the “date rape drug”
- The victim is younger than 14 years old
- The victim is an elderly or disabled person
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Our El Paso criminal defense attorney understands what it takes to protect
your rights, reputation, and freedom. If you are facing a huge amount
of adversity, we will tirelessly fight for you and stay by your side from
beginning to end.
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