Fort Worth Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer

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Fort Worth Sexual Assault Defense Lawyers

Sexual assault allegations turn lives upside down. An allegation of sexual assault most often results in a warrant being issued, a felony case being filed, having to spend time in jail after the warrant is issued, and needing to bond out of jail. All of this happens before you've even had an opportunity to defend yourself.  Notice that just an allegation - someone's word without any additional proof - is enough to make all those things happen. 

So it makes sense that if you are accused of any sexual allegation, you need top-notch criminal defense attorneys at your side, defending you and advising you at every turn.

Our goals as your sexual assault defense attorneys are threefold:

  1. avoid prison time,
  2. avoid a conviction, and
  3. resolve the case in a manner that allows for even the arrest record to be cleared or sealed. 

Our Fort Worth sexual assault defense lawyers have been exceptionally successful at reaching these goals, but success starts with an understanding of what you are going through.

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The moment you are accused of sexual assault, your life changes. Regardless of whether there is truth to any of the allegations, you are on the verge of being labeled a sex offender and you are facing serious time in the penitentiary.

False accusations are, unfortunately, made very often. Only a defense attorney experienced in sexual assault cases can guide you through the process that begins the moment an accusation is made. The accusation is followed by an investigation, the case being filed by the detective, the grand jury process, indictment, pre-trial settings and may ultimately end with a trial by jury.

Our defense lawyers are experienced at launching our own investigation and gathering evidence as soon as an allegation is made. We have experienced investigators who can unearth evidence only accessible to professionals who are experienced in investigating these types of matters.

Sexual Assault Defense

The rules that apply to sexual offenses in Texas are found throughout the Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure. Some of the most common questions clients ask include:

  • What is the punishment range for this offense in Texas?
  • What is the Statute of Limitations? (How long can they wait before pressing charges)
  • Will I have to register as a Sex Offender under Texas law?
  • Can I get Deferred Adjudication for this charge?
  • Can I get Probation for this charge?

The table below provides answers to those questions for many of the sex offenses in Texas. 

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Common Sex Offenses

“An Answered Prayer”


We put a lot of thought and prayer into picking an attorney. We read a lot of reviews in our search for the best firm. Varghese Summersett was an answered prayer. The team is extremely dedicated, hard working, and will really push for justice. We had a case that was unlike any other and we were in a tough place. It is very difficult, as you know, to place all your hope on a team you do not know. I urge you to read their reviews and move forward as we did. Anna and Benson worked closely with us but most of all worked diligently for us. Trust them. You won't be disappointed!

A. Reynolds (Former Client)

There are a number of sexual assault offenses in Texas. Most require registration as a sex offender if convicted. A staggering number of sexual assault offenses are filed each year. Here is a summary of sex cases that were filed in Tarrant County alone over a five-year period:

tarrant county sexual assault defense

Sexual Assault Punishment Ranges

The table below outlines the possible punishment ranges for sexual offenses in Texas.

Sexual Offenses: Punishment Ranges in Texas

How We Are Different

  • Individualized Attention: Our defense lawyers understand that clients who hire us are coming to us with the biggest problems in their lives, and we treat their problems with the care and attention warranted by the problem. We seek out the best outcomes by over-preparing, finding weaknesses in the State’s case, through careful negotiations and, when necessary, trial.
  • Exceptional Experience: We’ve handled hundreds of sexual assault charges. All of our senior lawyers are former prosecutors. We not only know the State’s playbook, in many cases we helped write it. We have over half a century of experience handling criminal cases, and we are ready to put our experience to work for you.
  • Proven Results: We know you have a lot of options to choose from. We hope the results and reviews of our lawyers speak for themselves. Recent Results.
  • Time is of the Essence: As former prosecutors, we know the best results go to the most proactive defense lawyers. Call us today at (817) 203-2220 or contact us online to find out how you can get started with our firm.

A Proactive Defense is the Best Defense

Call us to find out why time is of the essence and what our sexual assault defense attorneys can do to 1) try to prevent a case from being filed, 2) prevent the case from being indicted, and 3) complete our own investigation to put you in the best possible position for a dismissal, no-bill, or reduction. If you have been accused of rape or another sexual offense, you can’t settle for anything other than the best possible defense and outcome for your situation. Hire the defense firm that brings over three decades of experience to the table and handles your case with the discretion and seriousness the allegations require.

Sexual Assault Bond Conditions

Even though there is a presumption of innocence in any criminal case, once you are charged with a crime the court will place you on a set of bond conditions you must abide by if you wish to remain out of custody. 

Common Sexual Assault Bond Conditions

How can we help?

The sooner you call us the better. It is imperative to have a seasoned sexual assault defense lawyer in your corner. In a perfect world, you will call a defense lawyer before you call back a detective. A common ruse employed by detectives is for them to call you and invite you down to give “your side of the story” at a location like Alliance for Children. Make no mistake, while it is true that you will walk out of that meeting a free man or woman, understand that an arrest is imminent. It is crucially important to call an experienced sexual assault defense lawyer as soon as you can before or after a detective has contacted you. While avoiding an arrest may not be possible in every instance, there are instances where our defense lawyers have prevented arrests, negotiated self-surrenders, assisted in getting bonds, won the case at the grand jury level, and taken others to trial.

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The road defending an allegation of sexual misconduct, rape, or any form of sexual misconduct can be a long one. If you have or live with children, expect their lives will be disrupted by CPS. During the investigative phase, it is essential to have a defense lawyer represent you before you even consider having a conversation with a detective or an investigator. If a case is filed, understand that you will have to abide by bond conditions even though you have not been found guilty of an offense. You will have to make a bond, which may be set extremely high. You may have to change your residence. All of this will be happening while you are working with us on the defense of your case. Our sexual assault defense lawyers are experienced in defending individuals throughout the process and are extremely skilled at taking cases to trial should the need arise. Come by our office and visit us to learn more about how we are different. We are the only criminal defense firm in Fort Worth with a mock courtroom where we prepare you for trial. Call (817) 203-2220 to speak to one of our defense attorneys today.

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Being accused of sexual assault can be overwhelming. You don’t have to go this alone. Our defense lawyers have decades of experience and a proven track record of success. We are known for our aggressive, proactive approach to criminal defense. The stakes are too high to leave anything to chance. Call us today at (817) 203-2220.

During this complimentary strategy session, a seasoned defense lawyer will:

  • Discuss the facts of your case;
  • Talk to the attorney who will handle your case;
  • Discuss the legal issues involved, including the direct and collateral consequences of the allegation; and
  • Discuss the defenses that apply to your plan and in general terms discuss our approach to your case.

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Benson Varghese

Managing Partner at Varghese Summersett PLLC
Benson Varghese is the founder and Managing Partner of Varghese Summersett PLLC. He is a prolific writer and has authored hundreds of articles about criminal law in Texas and at the Federal level. His articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Above the Law, and have been selected as Top Blogs by the State Bar of Texas. He was named the Young Lawyer of the Year in 2019 by the Tarrant County Bar Association. Benson led the firm to become one of the 500 fastest growing businesses in the United States by Inc 500 Magazine in 2018. In the same year, the firm was named the Best Law Firm in Fort Worth by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The lawyers at Varghese Summersett PLLC exclusively handle criminal defense matters.
Benson Varghese