Sexual Assault / Rape Charges in Texas

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Sexual assault – also known as rape – is one of the most serious sex crimes in Texas and the rest of the United States. The prosecution and the courts will try their best to impose the highest punishment possible for this offense. Furthermore, you may be viewed as guilty by the media and the public without stepping foot in the courtroom yet. It is imperative to hire a skilled attorney who can protect your rights, reputation, and freedom.

At The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C., we have successfully obtained a track record of success providing our clients with aggressive and compassionate legal counsel. With more than three decades of experience, our College Station criminal defense lawyer can thoroughly review your case and determine all of your available legal options to get the most favorable results possible.

Rape Penalties

In Texas, sexual assault is defined as any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact or penetration against another person with the threat or use of violence or physical force. Rape is classified as a second-degree felony, punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

There are several circumstances that may elevate the rape charge to an aggravated sexual assault charge. Aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree felony, resulting in a lifetime prison sentence or a prison sentence between five and 99 years.

The following are the aggravating circumstances of a rape charge:

  • Defendant used the “date rape drug”
  • Defendant acted with another individual in the commission of the crime
  • Victim is younger than 14 years of age
  • Victim is an elderly or disabled individual
  • Defendant caused serious injury or attempted to fatally injure the victim
  • Defendant used a deadly weapon in the commission of the crime
  • Defendant placed the victim in fear of death, serious injury, or kidnapping

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