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Rape

Sexual assault, otherwise known as "rape," is one of the trickiest charges to defend. Rape allegations can be incredibly stressful. They can lead to strain in one's personal and professional life. If the sexual assault is in reference to a child, it can be catastrophic to one's reputation and future.

Nonetheless, rape is a common offense and can completely devastate a person. There have been many citizens with no criminal records who have been accused and convicted of sexual assault.

If a defendant is convicted of a sexual assault crime, there's a possibility of them serving a prison sentence. Alongside this, they will sometimes be required to register as a sex offender. Lastly, a defendant may have their probation revoked if they challenge their sex offender treatment program. This could result facing felony charges potentially for a second time.

Sexual assault crimes are not something to take lightly. Individuals who are charged with sexual assault should remain silent and contact legal representation immediately.

Lawyer for Sexual Assault Crime in Dallas, Texas

Rape crimes are difficult to defend because normally members of the general public tend to take the victim's side. This is especially true for child sexual assault. All sexual assault crimes carry a heavy negative stigma, and are severely prosecuted with felony charges.

Additionally, if convicted, the alleged offender is required to register as sex offender. If you face allegations of sexual assault in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The attorneys at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy are attentive to their clients and advocate tirelessly for their rights. We serve clients facing any sort of sexual offense throughout the greater Dallas area, including Plano, Allen, Denton, Fort Worth, and Dallas, Texas. Contact us for sex crimes case in Dallas County and the surrounding communities in Northern Texas.

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Rape Defined under Texas Law

The Texas Penal Code § 22.011 never uses the word "rape." Instead Texas law uses the term Sexual Assault as an umbrella to cover a wide range of sex crimes. Usually, sexual assault is defined as an assaultive offense of a sexual nature in Texas. Sexual assault includes vaginal, oral, or anal sex and the actor can be male or female.

Events that are defined as sexual assault according to the Texas Penal Code include:

  • Intercourse and penetration without consent;
  • Forcible and violent intercourse, penetration or sexual contact, even with consent;
  • Sexual abuse of someone who cannot give consent due to disability or mental capacity;
  • Intercourse, penetration or sexual contact with a minor; or
  • Coercive sexual acts

Note that there are more scenarios that Texas law considers sexual assault. For instance, if the victim was unconscious, drugged, mentally ill, or disabled, this would be considered sexual assault.

Additionally, the act would be defined as a sex crime if the victim lacked consent and the actor was in a position of authority such as a mental health professional, member of the clergy, health professional or police officer.

Sexual assault also includes any sexual act with a child younger than seventeen, unless the offender is three years older or less.

Another facet of sexual assault with enhanced penalties is aggravated sexual assault. A person charged with

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