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Sexual assault is a second degree felony in the state of Texas that carries sex offender registration if convicted. When your freedom and your future are on the line, turn to a Houston sex crime lawyer at The Law Offices of Jed Silverman.

Texas Penal Code Sec. 22.011 “Sexual Assault”

Sexual conduct without the other person’s consent is sexual assault (Texas Penal Code Sec. 22.011[1]). The statute outlines a number of reasons for a rape accusation, including:

  • Sex by way of physical force or violence
  • Sex by the threat of force or violence
  • Sex with someone who has not consented, while the actor knows that individual is unconscious or physically unable to resist
  • Sex with someone who is not mentally capable of consenting
  • Sex with someone who has not given their consent because they are unaware the assault is occurring
  • Sex with someone after giving them a substance to impair them, without that person’s knowledge
  • Sex by way of using status as a public servant to coerce participation
  • Sex by way of using status as a mental health or health care services provider to coerce a patient to participate
  • A clergyman who participates in sexual conduct with someone who regards him or her as their spiritual adviser

Statutory Rape in Texas: Age of Consent

For the purposes of this statute, “child” is defined as “a person younger than 17 years of age.” If the accusations met the criteria for sexual assault, per Texas Penal Code Sec. 22.011, then an individual could face sexual assault charges for having even consenting sex with someone under the age of 17. Because the age of consent under this specific statute is 17, those younger than 17 are legally unable to give their consent to conduct of a sexual nature.

Sex Offender Registration for Sexual Assault in Texas

In Texas, sexual assault is listed as a “reportable conviction or adjudication.” This means that anyone convicted will have to register as a sex offender. The length of time depends on the type of offense, and in Texas, sexual assault qualifies for lifetime registration.

Turn to The Law Offices of Jed Silverman for Help

Where do you turn for legal help when it doesn't seem possible to get a fair hearing? At The Law Offices of Jed Silverman, we still believe in people's constitutional right to a vigorous, effective legal defense. Attorney Jed Silverman has many years of experience investigating the facts beneath a sexual assault case. We look at the victim's motives for making the accusations. We look at the evidence the prosecution claims it has. We look at possible violations of your civil rights. As always, our focus is on getting the offense dismissed or reduced to a non-sex crime.

We aggressively defend the rights and freedom of people accused of all types of sex crimes, including:

Speak with a Houston Sex Crime Attorney During a Free Consultation

If the police have talked to you about allegations of sexual assault, don't assume they will go away. Get The Law Offices of Jed Silverman on your side. Mr. Silverman will advise you of your rights and inform you of the options that will be most beneficial to your case. Don't talk to the police until you talk to us.

Houston sexual assault lawyer Jed Silverman represents clients in courts throughout Texas. Right now, you need an experienced lawyer to protect your rights and your future. Start by calling us at (713) 597-2221 or contact us online today.


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