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Houston Aggravated Assault Attorney

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Aggravated Sexual Assault Attorney in Houston

Aggravated sexual assault, which is essentially an allegation of violent rape, is among the most serious charges a person case face and, in many cases, carries penalties as serious as those for murder.

While a defendant’s right to a fair trial is constitutionally guaranteed and enshrined in the Bill of Rights, lawmakers continue to expand or eliminate the statute of limitations for these crimes. As a result, defendants too often face charges years, or even decades, after an alleged crime. Advancements in DNA, the creation of cold case units, and the growing use of forensic genealogy, mean defendants are forced to defend themselves against significant scientific evidence long after other evidence has been lost or destroyed, witnesses have moved away or passed away, and other potential defenses have been eroded by the passage of time.

It is always difficult to convince those accused of, or being investigated for, a serious crime, that it is not in their best interest to try to explain or defend themselves. It is human nature. And the urge is especially strong when accused of a sex crime, which can quickly result in job loss and reputational damage, even without a conviction in court.

But enforcement is only interested in gathering evidence of your guilt and uses tactics and training to exploit your natural urge to defend yourself. They often act friendly or deceptively, and may even lie, as they build a case against you. Declining to speak to law enforcement and immediately contacting an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer is the best thing you can do to protect your rights and your freedom. In many cases, particularly cold cases, law enforcement would not even be talking to you if they had enough evidence to issue an arrest warrant. They are hoping you will do them a favor by making contradictory or incriminating statements, or otherwise help them fill in the holes in their case, and thereby permit them to arrest you!

Sexual Assault and Aggravated Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault

Texas Penal Code Ch 22.011 defines the various elements of sexual assault:

  • Intentionally or knowingly
  • Causing the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of another person without consent; Causing the penetration of the mouth of the victim by the defendant’s sex organ without consent; or causing the sex organ of another, without consent, to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus or sex organ of another, including the defendant.
  • Or, engaging in any of these activities with a child for any reason, regardless of consent.

Consent is absent if:

  • The victim is a child.
  • The defendant compels a victim through physical force or violence, or the threat of physical force or violence.
  • The victim is unconscious or physically unable to resist.
  • The victim suffers from physical or mental impairment.
  • The defendant is a mental health services provider, health care provider, member of the clergy, or employee of a residential facility unmarried to the victim.

In most cases, the offense is a second-degree felony, punishable by 2-20 years in prison.

Aggravated Sexual Assault

Charges of aggravated sexual assault allege:

  • A defendant intentionally or knowingly;
  • Causing the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of another person without consent; Causing the penetration of the mouth of the victim by the defendant’s sex organ without consent; or causing the sex organ of another, without consent, to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus or sex organ of another, including the defendant.
  • Or, engaging in any of these activities with a child for any reason, regardless of consent.
  • If: a defendant causes or attempts to cause serious bodily injury or death;
  • By acts or words makes a victim fears serious bodily injury, death or kidnapping;
  • By acts or words in the presence of the victim threatens to cause death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping;
  • Uses or exhibits a deadly weapon;
  • Acts in concert with another;
  • Uses a prohibited drug in commission of the crime;
  • The victim is under the age of 14;
  • The victim is elderly or disabled;

The penalty for conviction of aggravated sexual assault under Texas law is 25-years to life in prison.

It’s important to note that the state must prove each element of these crimes. Your Houston aggravated assault lawyer can defend you against the elements of your case. This can result in a jury verdict in your favor, a dismissal of the charges against you, or a significant reduction in potential penalties.

Alex Macias is an experienced Houston aggravated assault lawyer who represents clients in state and federal court in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Pearland, Knogwood, Katy, League City, Stafford, Friendswood, Richmond, Cypress, Clear Lake, Humble and Fulshear.

The Law Offices of Alejandro Macias, PC offers free and confidential consultations. Contact us today or call 281-742-9508. ¡Se Habla Español!

Aggravated Assault Attorney FAQ

Yes, our Houston-based law firm is well-equipped to handle complex aggravated assault cases. Our legal team, led by Alejandro Macias, possesses deep knowledge of Texas laws and a proven track record in managing intricate defense cases. We understand that every case has its unique challenges and requires a tailored approach. Our commitment to thorough investigation, strategic defense planning, and vigorous courtroom advocacy ensures that we address the specific needs of each case, providing our clients with a robust and effective defense.

Navigating the complexities of an aggravated assault charge in Houston can be daunting. As experienced aggravated assault lawyers, we provide expert guidance throughout your legal journey. Our approach includes detailed case analysis, strategic defense planning, and relentless advocacy in court. We focus on protecting your rights and working towards favorable outcomes, whether it's seeking reduced charges, dismissal, or acquittal. Our commitment to your case is unwavering, as we understand the significant impact these charges can have on your life.

Choosing the right legal representation is crucial, especially in aggravated assault cases in Houston. Our firm stands out for our personalized approach to each case, deep understanding of Texas laws, and our unwavering commitment to defending our clients' rights. With a track record of successfully handling aggravated assault cases, we assure you that your case will receive the attention and expertise it deserves. If you're facing such charges, we encourage you to reach out to our team for a consultation, where we can discuss your case and outline a defense strategy tailored to your situation.

Additional Information in Houston, Texas

Texas Penal Code Section 22.02 - Aggravated Assault: This official Texas legislature page provides the legal definition and penalties for aggravated assault under Texas law, crucial for understanding the charges and potential legal implications​​.
U.S. Department of Justice - Surge of Resources to Fight Violent Crime in Houston: This announcement details the surge in resources allocated by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat violent crime in Houston.
Sexual Assault Survivors/Victims - University of Houston:  offers dedicated support for students impacted by sexual violence. It provides crisis counseling, short-term therapy, and guidance to connect with additional on-campus or community resources.
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