Accused of Aggravated Sexual Assault in McLennan County?
If you are accused of aggravated sexual assault, you should immediately contact an attorney. Thomas C. West is a board certified criminal defense lawyer and former McLennan County prosecutor. His experience in these cases can help provide important strategy and spot weakness in the prosecution’s case. Call him at 254-753-6437 for a free 30 minute consultation.
Aggravated Sexual Assault generally has the following range of punishment:
1st Degree Felony: 5-99 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ); Up to a $10,000 fine; or, both such fine and confinement. Sexual Assault Offenses are referred to as “3g Offenses.” They are especially dangerous because a judge cannot grant probation if a defendant is found guilty. Only the jury-not the judge-has the right to sentence the defendant to probation, if the defendant is eligible.
Accused of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child in McLennan County?
For aggravated sexual abuse of a child where the child is under six (6) years of age, or if it is proven that violent aggravated sexual abuse (fear of infliction of serious bodily injury or death, kidnapping, or deadly weapon) occurs with a child under the age of fourteen (14), then there is a minimum of twenty-five (25) years confinement in prison.
As a condition of bond in cases involving children, the District Judge can restrict access to children. In my experience, that means “no contact” whatsoever, verbal or otherwise. You may have to move and may not even be able to see your own children. The judge may also order you not to get on the internet while on bond.
Automatic Life Sentence [thirty-five (35) year minimum] for repeat offenders:
A person on trial for sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, or indecency with a child by contact gets automatic life if he/she has a prior conviction for a felony sex offense.
Sex Offender Registration:
Pursuant to Tex. Code Crim. P. ART. 62, unless your case is dismissed or you are acquitted, then you will be required to register as a Sex Offender. Every time you move residences, you will be required to re-register 7 days before you move and within seven (7) days after you move.
If you go somewhere for 2 days, three times a month, then you must report to the authorities in that city or county as well. Failure to comply with registration requirements is another felony. Depending on the circumstances of the particular case, the range of punishment can be 180 days to 20 years in prison, for each violation. If you must register, then police will also automatically be provided your Sex Offender status upon request when they run a check on your driver’s license or license plate number. In addition, the Texas Attorney General has authorized local governments as of 2003 to broadcast information about registered sex offenders on a local cable TV channel because it is “public information.” Your name will be on the Internet as a registered sex offender. Many employers will not hire sex offenders.
Waco Sexual Assault Lawyer
It is critical that you contact an attorney who is experienced in these types of charges. Defense attorney Thomas C. West is a former prosecutor who used to bring these charges against Defendants. He is board-certified in Criminal Law, which is a distinction held by very few criminal defense attorneys. If you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney in Waco, call Thomas West at 254-753-6437.