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Sexual Assault

Houston Sexual Assault Lawyer

A sexual assault charge can be one of the most serious offenses that a person can be charged with. The possibility of harsh punishment for this sex crime is frightening. Additionally, the defendant may have his reputation permanently damaged, and he may have to add his name to an embarrassing sex offender list. Since the outcome of a case is unpredictable, it is crucial for an accused individual to hire a sexual assault attorney as his legal counsel.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sex that is forced or without consent is considered a sexual assault. Any type of unwanted sexual contact may be categorized under this crime. A person also commits sexual assault when he has sex with someone who is physically incapable of saying “no.” Some examples include a person who is physically handicapped, mentally ill or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Punishments

Sexual assault is charged as a second-degree felony. A person who has been accused of this crime should seek an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer to help steer through the legal process. Defending against a this charge is not an easy task. There is a possibility that a severe punishment will be imposed on the defendant. These cases cases oftentimes become aggravated sexual assault, which can sometimes carry a penalty of five years to life in prison.  Punishments for sexual assault can include the following:

  • Prison sentence of two to 20 years
  • Exorbitant fines
  • Forced community service
  • Mandatory registration as a sex offender
  • Use of an electronic monitoring device
  • Counseling for sex offenders

A conviction for the crime of sexual assault has punishments that the accused will put up with for the rest of his life. A conviction carries a sex registration responsibility for the defendant, which includes information that is a public and searchable on the Internet. This posted information may lead to a loss of:

  • Freedom
  • Certain employment opportunities
  • Visitation or custody rights
  • The ability to choose where to live and with whom
  • One’s reputation

Call a Houston Sexual Assault Lawyer

A sexual assault charge is very serious and involves severe repercussions. A skilled sexual assault attorney can help pursue every avenue of defense to a crime, such as showing that the victim consented. Rand Mintzer has worked in the legal field for nearly 20 years. His clients have been accused of nearly every crime, including driving while intoxicated, homicide and various sex crimes. He will use his experience to help defendants retain their freedom.

To speak with Rand Mintzer, Attorney at Law, contact 713-862-8880.