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The Texas Penal Code generally defines sexual assault as any unwanted or non-consensual sexual contact against another person that involves penetration. Non-consensual, or “lack of consent” can involve physical force and threats of violence, among other forms of coercion and manipulation. If convicted for sexual assault, which is rape under Texas law, you face a first or second degree felony and serious penalties that go along with such a conviction. Because of the immediate and lasting consequences of being charged with sexual assault in Texas, you need to take your situation seriously right away. Retain dedicated criminal defense counsel so that you can most effectively defend yourself and your future.

Minimum Sentence for Sexual Assault in Texas

For a sexual assault conviction, there is a 2 year minimum prison sentence. This, however, is only the mandatory minimum. Things can get much worse. Sexual assault, under any circumstances is a felony in Texas. This means, if convicted, you face between 2 to 20 years in prison as well as a fine upwards of $10,000.

If your charge has risen to the level of aggravated sexual assault, they you face conviction of a first degree felony. This means that you potentially may receive a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison. You also face a maximum fine of $10,000. Additionally, a conviction will require you to register with the Texas Sex Offender Registry. While the judge has the option to waive the sex offender registration, it is not likely to happen.

There is the lengthy prison sentence and hefty fines looming in the distance for those facing a sexual assault charge in Texas. These are both serious penalties. It is also worth highlighting the fact that the repercussions for having a sexual assault conviction in Texas have even more far reaching implications. The sex offender registration requirement, for instance, means that your name, along with your picture, place of employment, and address, will appear on a national database. It will appear on a map including other registered offenders.

In addition to the prison time, fines, and sex offender registration, having a felony conviction on your record can have other impacts. There will be losses of certain civil liberties. There will be restrictions on your ability to secure employment. In fact, you will be legally barred from holding specific occupations. Furthermore, even if you seek employment outside of these specifically barred occupations, you will still find it difficult to be hired with such a criminal record.

In addition to the difficulty of finding employment, you may find it difficult to secure housing. After all, as a registered sex offender, you will be legally barred from residing in certain locations. You may also face difficulties in applying for certain rental housing due to criminal background checks. On top of all of this, there is the stigma you will face at carrying around the rapist label after you have been convicted of sexual assault. This label can carry weighty implications when you are out in society long after you have paid your fine and done your prison time.

Criminal Defense Attorneys

A sexual assault charge need not turn into a conviction. Navarrete & Schwartz will fight for you. We are proud to serve the residence of Midland, Texas. Contact us today.