Houston Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child Lawyer

Aggravated Sexual Assault Attorney Proudly Serving Houston, TX

While Sexual Assault of a Child refers to any sexual contact with a person age 17 or less, Sexual Assault of a Child is “aggravated” if the child is younger than 14 years old, if a deadly weapon is used, if there has been a threat of serious bodily injury, or if the child was younger than six when the incident occurred. Whereas sexual assault of a Child is usually a second-degree felony, punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison, aggravated sexual assault of a child is a first-degree felony that can carry a sentence of five years to life. If you’re being faced with such charges, it’s important that you find an effective Houston aggravated sexual assault of a child lawyer today.

Conviction of Aggravated Sexual Assault

Under Texas statutes, a person can be convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child if it can be proved by the defendant:

  1. Caused serious bodily injury or attempted to cause the death of the victim or another person in the course of the criminal episode.
  2. By acts or words placed the victim in fear that death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping will be imminently inflicted on any person.
  3. Threatened to cause the death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping of any person.
  4. Used or exhibited a deadly weapon in the course of the criminal episode.
  5. Acted in concert with another who engaged in conduct described above directed toward the same victim and occurring during the course of the same criminal episode.
  6. Administered or provided flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), gamma hydroxybutyrate, or ketamine to the victim with the intent of facilitating the commission of the offense.

The minimum prison term for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child is 25 years if the victim was younger than six when the offense was committed or if the victim was younger than 14 at the time and the offense was committed as defined above.

Without representation by an experienced and skilled sex crimes attorney, like Paul Darrow, you risk spending the remainder of your life in prison.

Defense Against False Accusations

The earlier you get a lawyer involved, the better your chances for a satisfactory disposition. Never delay in retaining the Darrow Law Firm in hopes that it will just go away. Never take the chance of harming your future by allowing police or prosecutor to violate your constitutional rights. You should have your lawyer present from the very first time you are questioned, whether by police or Child Protective Services.

We will investigate the facts of your case and attempt to avoid having charges filed whenever possible, and if charges have been filed, we’ll identify the best available defense. The first thing we’ll want to determine is if the child came to make the accusation and whether the child was either deliberately coached or inadvertently influenced by an adult. Sometimes adults use children to make sexual assault allegations to further some agenda of their own, and authorities sometimes question a child in such a way as to elicit the answers they are looking for, resulting in a false accusation. We have access to experts we can call on to provide an explanation to the jury of how various circumstances, including improper questioning of children, can result in false allegations.

Houston Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child Lawyer

We will never prejudge you or think of you as other than as an innocent person. If you’ve been looking for a lawyer, you may have discovered that many will not represent those accused of sex crimes involving children. At the Darrow firm, you’ll always enjoy our presumption of your innocence, and we will treat you with the respect and dignity you deserve. Call our Houston Sex Crimes Attorney now for a free initial consultation.