Rape Charges Defense
Houston Rape Lawyers :: The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp
A conviction of rape in the state of Texas is a felony offense. It can have serious legal and social consequences for a defendant. Rape is the illegal act of forcing oneself upon another in non-consensual sexual intercourse. It can also occur when a person has sex with a victim who cannot consent to the act due to being unconscious, drunk or incapacitated. The state of Texas prosecutes rape cases as the following types of assault:
- Sexual assault is unwarranted sexual activity between a perpetrator and his victims. It includes non-consensual sexual contact as well as forced sexual intercourse.
- Aggravated sexual assault is a sexual act that is enforced with violence, the use of a weapon or threats of death or kidnapping. Punishments for this charge are more severe.
Once a victim files a complaint of rape against an alleged defendant the police will request physical evidence from medical professionals. If the victim knows who raped them, they will report that to the police who will pursue the conviction as a date rape.
Punishments for Rape in Texas
In Texas, rape cases are prosecuted as felonies. A conviction of sexual assault is a second-degree felony. Punishments include a prison sentence of two to 20 years, a lengthy term of probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender.
Aggravated sexual assault cases are more serious as they are violent crimes. If convicted, a defendant may be ordered to prison for five to 99 years. The defendant will be sentenced to probation and be required to register as a sex offender with the state of Texas. Since the punishments are so severe, it is important for those who are accused of this crime to speak to a rape attorney as soon as possible.
Possible Defenses Against a Rape Charge
Many times, allegations of rape are made against the defendant falsely. A skilled criminal defense attorney will evaluate the facts in each case for inconsistencies. The prosecution must convince the judge or jury that the defendant acted with the intent to rape the victim beyond a reasonable doubt. Evidence in rape cases must support the victim’s claims. Any discrepancy in the victim’s testimony or in the evidence may be grounds to have charges of rape dismissed.
Meet With a Houston Rape Charges Attorney
Houston rape attorneys at The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp realize the anxiety experienced by those charged with sex crimes. The lawyers are available through each step of a case to answer questions and inform clients of their status during each step of the process. They will treat you like a real person and not a case. Call The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp for a complimentary legal consultation.