So you have been accused of Sexual Assault. Now what? When a person hears that phrase, a lot of images come to mind. You think of a shady character hiding in an alley ready to prey on an innocent woman. However, the reality is much different. Anyone can be accused of this, and it isn’t specific to men only. Women of any age can be charged. This is especially difficult because of the enormous stigma attached to it. You risk losing so much by this charge. Because of this, it’s essential to know as much as you can about what you have been accused of this crime.
Definition of Sexual assault and consent
Sexual assault is also known as rape. It’s when a person intentionally or knowingly commits non-consensual and unwanted sexual contact with another person involving penetration. You must understand its crucial to get consent no matter what. It’s everything. To better clarify what consent is, here are some standard guidelines.
- Making sure the other person is participating in the act freely by their own will.
- A person who is very drunk or intoxicated on a substance can’t give consent because their judgment is impaired.
- A person who is sleeping, unconscious, or not responding can’t give consent.
- If a participant gave consent, and later on, they happen to decide not to continue, you no longer have permission.
- A person who is a minor can’t give consent. In the state of Texas, the age of consent is 17.
This is a severe crime and not to be taken lightly. This is typically a second-degree felony. When you have a felony like this, you could face two to twenty years in prison. Additionally, you could face a fine of up to 10,000 dollars. Furthermore, you could be registered as a sex offender. This will make finding employment extremely difficult. Sexual assault doesn’t have to be second-degree; it could be first-degree. When you have a felony like this, the sentence is longer. Imprisonment can be at a minimum of five years to life. This is generally when sexual assault becomes aggravated sexual assault. If the victim is younger than 14 years of age, then the minimum sentence could be twenty-five years.
If you or a loved one has been accused of sexual assault, then you need to act fast. It’s a lot easier to make sure you’re prepared for trial when you’re at home working with your attorney. If you can’t make bail, then you will remain in jail until your court date. ASAP Bail Bonds work with you and our different types of bonds so you can be prepared no matter what. We’re open 24/7 and every day of the year. To find out more, call us at (713)-225-2727 if you or someone you know is facing a Sexual Assault charge.