Sexual assault is any nonconsensual sexual contact or touching done by violence, force, or threat of force. In many states, sexual penetration is not required for a person to be charged with sexual assault. Instead, a charge of sexual battery requires penetration between the defendant and the victim. But a sexual assault charge may result from any type of sexual penetration.
In Texas, an individual commits sexual assault when they knowingly, intentionally, and without consent:
The term “without the consent of the other person” means:
Sexual assault is a second degree felony in Texas. A person convicted may receive a sentence ranging from 2 to 20 years in prison and/or pay a fine of up to $10,000.
Sexual assault can be charged as a first degree felony if the victim was someone the defendant attempted to or had committed bigamy. A first degree felony charge of sexual assault is punishable by 5 years to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Yes. Contact a criminal lawyer about your sexual assault charge immediately. A lawyer will help you determine the best possible defense.
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