James, Reynolds, Spiegelhauer & Ask Sexual Assault

Bryan Sexual Assault Lawyers

In our society, there is a strong aversion to crimes of a sexual nature. It's entirely justified and healthy for us to feel appalled by offenses such as rape, assault, and the exploitation of minors. However, issues arise when there is an automatic assumption that the seriousness of a crime always reflects the defendant's guilt—or even the truth of the alleged crime. 

Defendants seeking a sexual assault lawyer in Bryan, College Station, and throughout Brazos County need to know that their attorney believes in basic principles like innocence until proven guilty, and the right to due process. Furthermore, defendants should be confident that their lawyer has a proven ability to win at trial. When people accused of sexual assault come to James, Reynolds, Spiegelhauer & Ask, they find an attorney who is all of those things and more. 

Call our office today at (979) 227-3305 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. 

How to Beat a Sexual Assault Charge

Every case is different, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The defense strategy for you or your loved one will be determined after your initial consultation. 

That said, there are some basics that defendants can keep in mind as they work to maintain hope: 

  • The advance of science has been an ally of innocent defendants in sexual assault cases, as DNA evidence is often left behind in these crimes.
  • If the defendant's DNA does not match that found at the scene, the prosecution may face significant challenges.
  • The legal principle of innocent until proven guilty applies, despite natural empathy toward the alleged victim.
  • If the jury has any doubts at all about guilt, they are obligated to acquit the defendant. Moreover, the certainty of guilt—beyond a reasonable doubt—must be shared by all 12 jurors unanimously. 

These are just a few of the cards our legal defense team can play. As a firm that has served the community since 1983, we know the importance of challenging the prosecution every step of the way, and on even the smallest of details. 

Penalties for Sexual Assault in Texas

According to the Texas Penal Code, sexual assault is generally classified as a second-degree felony. The circumstances of each specific case can result in different charges. On the other hand, if violence is involved, first-degree felony charges might be forthcoming. When you talk to our sexual assault attorneys, we’ll review the unique factors of your case. 

Generally speaking, though, second-degree felony charges are the standard. The penalties for conviction are a minimum of 2 years in prison, with a maximum jail sentence of 20 years. 

It’s important to note, however, that this presumes the victim is above the age of content (17 years old is the age of consent for sexual relations in Texas). When the victim is a child or a minor, the penalties become even more severe. This includes those under the age of 17, and if the victim is under the age of 14, the possible charges and penalties can escalate still further.

Registering as a Sex Offender in Texas

Everyone convicted of a sexual assault crime in Texas must register with the state.  

This consequence has an array of negative consequences that persist well after any jail sentence has been served: 

  • Registered sex offenders' information is accessible to the public, and neighbors may be informed of their presence in the area.
  • Offenders may face challenges in finding suitable housing and employment opportunities due to their status as registered sex offenders.
  • Being on the registry can complicate rebuilding one's life and lead to the loss of certain rights, including restrictions on travel, participation in community events, and firearms ownership.
  • Non-compliance or failure to update the registry in a timely manner can lead to more jail time and fines. 
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Sexual Assault Lawyers Serving Bryan, College Station, and Beyond

James, Reynolds, Spiegelhauer & Ask has been here, fighting for defendants, for over 40 years. We know the system makes mistakes and that it can railroad innocent people. We know everyone deserves fair treatment and a second chance. When you work with us, you’ll get a lawyer who is personally compassionate and professionally astute. Let us stand with you during this difficult time and fight for your rights. 

Call (979) 227-3305 today.

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