Sexual Assault

Fighting Sexual Assault Charges Since 1995

Houston, TX Attorney Mark W. Bennett

Houston Sexual Assault LawyerWhen a person is charged with Sexual Assault they’re seen as predatory, dangerous, and as a criminal — often, prior to their first appearance in court. If you’re accused of an offense of this nature, you’ll not only need an attorney to help you fight the criminal aspect of the allegation, but also the moral one.

If an individual is a accused of sexual assault or any other sex crime it can lead to strife within the family, loss of social standing in the community, and can wreak havoc on their career. Attorney Mark W. Bennett has defended people accused of such offenses since 1995 and will have solutions available to guide you to the best solution for your situation based on the circumstances.

Whether you’re innocent of the accusations against you or guilty as charged, Bennett & Bennett is among the best options for defendants in need of competent legal counsel in Houston,TX.

To schedule a meeting to discuss your case with us, please call 713-224-1747.

Sexual Assault & Texas Law

Sexual Assault, also commonly referred to as rape, is classified as a felony offense in the state of Texas with varying degrees based on whether there are aggravating factors or a related criminal history on part of the defendant.

Sexual Assault By Penetration

Chapter 22 of Title 5 of the Texas Penal Code defines sexual assault as the knowing or intended penetration of the mouth or other sexual genitalia of another person without their consent. If a person penetrates another person’s anus, mouth, vagina, or other sexual organs, or causes penetration to happen, a criminal charge of sexual assault will apply.

Sexual Assault By Contact

Also included in the legal standard is the concept of “contact.” If contact is made with the sexual organs of a person’s sexual organs without their consent, it’s sexual assault. Playful acts such grabbing someone’s rear or accidentally bumping or touching a woman’s breast or a man’s groin fit within the context of the law as sexual assault.

In Texas, many crimes fall under the definition of sexual assault. We’ve listed a few below.

Penalties for Sexual Assault Convictions in Texas

Sexual Assault

The state of Texas severely punishes individuals convicted of any form of sex crime. In Texas, sexual assault is classified as a 2nd Degree Felony. A conviction could mean a sentence of 2-20 years in a state prison with a possible fine of up to $10,000.00.

Aggravated Sexual Assault

Sexual assault charges may be enhanced to 1st Degree Felony classification if there were aggravated factors, or if the victim was a minor. A conviction for 1st Degree Felony sexual assault could mean a sentence of 25-to-life and a possible fine of up to $10,000.00.

The state of Texas requires individuals who were convicted of sexual assault to register as a sex offender. This requirement can have a drastic impact on your personal and business relationships, where you can live, and your career options.

If you need to discuss deregistration as a sex offender with a lawyer in Houston, Bennett & Bennett is able and willing to help you.

Possible Defenses

Oftentimes, defendants are wrongfully accused of sexual assault due to malicious motives that may include any of the scenarios we’ve listed below.

  • A person feels regret after consenting to a sexual act.
  • Individuals involved in a relationship recently had a discrepancy and one is seeking retaliation.
  • Character Assassinations: One is looking to ruin the other’s reputation.
  • One is looking for monetary gain from blackmail of the defendant.

Blackmail and the destruction of the defendant’s reputation are common in high-profile criminal cases involving sexual assault. Even you’re just a “regular Joe”, Attorney Mark Bennett is ready to work with you on creating a solution for your situation.

High Profile Cases

In high profile cases reporters love shoving their microphones in the faces of suspects as they’re leaving the Harris County Criminal Justice Center. If you’re lucky, this will happen while Mark W. Bennett is at your side, giving him the opportunity to humanize you in the media for the benefit of your public persona.

Often, reporters seek to demonize people for the shock-value of the media, but these practices tend to infect jurors. Attorney Mark Bennett is quick witted, practices improv, and will be ready to defend you not only in the court of law but also in the court of public opinion.

Board Certified® in Criminal Law

Contact Mark Bennett About Your Case

A criminal conviction for sex crime will have significant and long lasting consequences on you and your family. The negative stigma associated with a sex crime conviction can ruin not only your life, but can also create difficulties in the community for your family.

Attorney Mark W. Bennett is a top-rated defense lawyer on numerous lawyer rating services such as AVVO & Martindale-Hubbard.

He’s also regarded as one of the best lawyers in Houston for people facing serious criminal charges and training the lawyers who represent them.

Attorney Mark W. Bennett is Board Certified® in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization which makes Bennett & Bennett a top choice among people in need of legal help for personal and professional reasons. If you need help, we’re here for you.

If falsely accused and/or charged with sexual assault, it’s best that you seek a professional legal consultation with Houston Criminal-Defense Attorney Mark W. Bennett or another equally qualified sex crimes lawyer in Houston.

Our phone number is 713-224-1747.

Houston Attorney for Sexual Assault Charges

Bennett & Bennett

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