San Antonio sexual assault attorneys Christine & Mario Del Prado have extensive trial experience defending the accused. Charges under Texas Penal Code §22.011 are very serious, and a conviction can mean significant prison time followed by the requirement to register as a sex offender. For this reason, if you are charged with sexual assault you need an experienced attorney who understands your fears and needs and who will work with you to overcome your circumstance.
Sexual Assault Charges and Penalties
Sexual assault involves a sexual act that is either committed or directed against another who has not given consent. The Penal Code section above listed notes the various instances for which sexual assault can be charged, but in each the prevailing commonality is that the act must have been “intentionally or knowingly committed.”
The penalties for a sexual assault conviction as delineated in Texas Penal Code Chapter 12 include a fine of up to $10,000 and a state prison term of between two and twenty years. Further, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Chapter 62 deems that the person convicted must register as a sex offender for life. Such prospects are all the more reason why it is vital that you work with a team who will fight for you—San Antonio sexual assault attorneys Christine & Mario Del Prado.
Aggravated Sexual Assault
Texas Penal Code § 22.021 outlines the charges that define aggravated sexual assault. Such charges can be brought against a person who either allegedly committed, or intended to commit, an act of violence against the victim, committed serious bodily injury, or used a deadly weapon. Aggravated sexual assault charges can also be brought for allegedly administering a drug on the victim that inhibits his/her ability to resist. Such charges can also be brought upon an individual who acted as an accomplice, such as someone who helped kidnap the victim for the purposes of sexual assault.
The penalty for conviction of aggravated sexual assault depends upon the specifics of the case. However, if the victim died in the assault the defendant may face life in prison, or even the death penalty.
Defenses to Sexual Assault Charges
San Antonio sexual assault attorneys Christine & Mario Del Prado know there are many circumstances under which charges are brought falsely on the defendant. Precisely how your case will be defended depends on the details of your case, but among potential defenses are:
- That you were falsely accused
- You lacked intent (the act occurred, but was unintended)
- The victim was mistaken
- You have an alibi
If You Are Facing Charges
We know how frightening it can be for individuals facing charges of sexual assault. San Antonio sexual assault attorneys Christine & Mario Del Prado will do the utmost to help you through this tumultuous time of your life by providing the highest quality legal services. We will work with you to protect your good name. Call us to arrange a free consultation today at 210-698-3533.