Houston Sexual Assault of a Child Lawyer
Sexual assault of a child in Texas is a second degree felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison. Anyone accused of sexual assault of a child should immediately engage the services of an experienced Houston sexual assault of a child lawyer as soon as there is the slightest indication that an accusation is going to be made. At Paul Darrow Law in Houston, we can often avoid charges or get charges dismissed if we become involved in your defense at an early stage. There are defenses available. For example, in Texas, to exclude consensual teenage sex in dating situations, the law allows a defense to the charges if the victim is no more than 3 years younger than the defendant.
What the law says
Sexual assault of a child is defined by Texas Penal Code Sec. 22.011 and involves any sexual activity with a person under the age of 17. The statute is gender neutral and includes vaginal intercourse and also other sex acts. Consent is irrelevant when a child is involved because a child is considered to be legally incapable of consenting to sex.
A person can be convicted of sexual assault of a child in Texas if he or she intentionally or knowingly:
- Causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of a child by any means
- Causes the penetration of the mouth of a child by the sexual organ of the actor
- Causes the sexual organ of a child to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor
- Causes the anus of a child to contact the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor
- Causes the mouth of a child to contact the anus or sexual organ of another person, including the actor
Specific Types of Child Sexual Assault Cases We Handle
- Aggravated Sexual Assault Of A Child Under Six
- Continuous Sexual Assault Of A Child
- Aggravated Sexual Assault Of A Child
Why You Need Paul Darrow Law
As a former child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor, Paul Darrow knows all of the ways the government uses evidence against the accused and how counter their methods to provide a powerful defense. He has extensive experience in interviewing children, evaluating allegations they have made, and eliciting the truth when the allegations are false.
At Darrow Law, you can be assured of being believed, being treated with dignity, and being presumed innocent. When we get involved early on, there is a great deal we can do to avoid charges being filed, negotiate for reduced charges, or work out an alternative to jail time that may allow charges to be dropped later, once the alternative intervention is completed. Call us at the earliest hint that you’re going to be accused to have the most legal options available for a more favorable disposition,
If you were not expecting the accusation and are faced with arrest, exercise your right to remain silent and call the Paul Darrow law office. Don’t talk to police or prosecutors without your attorney present. They may try to persuade you that insisting on having a lawyer present is an indication of guilt. Don’t believe them. It is your constitutional right and a prudent course of action that cannot affect your presumption of innocence under the law.
At Darrow Law, we handle all types of sexual assault and child molestation charges in Houston, Galveston, and the surrounding area. We know how frightening these charges can be and understand the implications for your future. We will fight on your behalf, raising any and every possible defense to protect your reputation and prevent jail time. Your initial consultation is free.