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Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer | Texas Sexual Assault Defense Lawyers

Sexual assault allegations turn lives upside down.

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 an attorney experienced in defending sexual crimes 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 attorneys are experienced in beginning our own investigations 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.

HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT

Former Chief Sex Crimes Prosecutors

All of our senior attorneys are all former prosecutors. Several worked in the Crimes Against Child Unit, which is now referred to as the Special Victims Unit. Before joining the firm, three of our attorneys worked as prosecutors in the Crimes Against Children Unit at Tarrant County and one was the Chief of the Chief of the Crimes Against Children Unit.Another one of our attorneys was the highest ranked female in the District Attorney’s staff.

Clients often say, “there is no one else like you,” and it is true that you would be very hard pressed to find the level of experience trying sexual assault cases under one roof anywhere in the country. There is no comparison to having Chief Sex Crime Prosecutors standing at your side defending you.

Hear What Our Clients Say

We encourage you to look at our client reviews and look through our results page. Time after time, we have obtained No Bills, Dismissals, Acquittals, and reduced charges in cases where serious sexual allegations were made. We do it by knowing the facts and evidence better than the prosecutors and vigorously defending you at every turn.

Hear What We Are Saying

When you call us for a consultation, you will realize we are very different. When you call us with the biggest problem in your life, we treat it like it is just that. We will never promise you a particular outcome on a case, not only because we are not ethically allowed to do so, but also because we have been doing this long enough to know that expectations can be set much more realistically once we’ve seen the State’s case and the totality of the allegations. We will never over-promise and under deliver. If you are looking for an attorney who will tell you what you want to hear to gain your business, you won’t find that here. If you are looking for attorneys who will answer your questions, treat you with respect, and shoot straight with you, give us a call.

Experienced Attorneys Defending Sexual Assault Accusations

Together we have over five decades and 550 jury trials worth of experience handling exclusively criminal cases. Our attorneys not only know how the prosecutors evaluate and prepare these cases, our attorneys helped write their playbook. Having been on the other side, and led the other side, we can spot weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and we know how to best protect you against the massive legal consequences that are heading your way.

Prepared to Defend the Criminal Allegations and CPS Investigations

We understand the allegations you are facing and the direct and collateral consequences of theses allegations. We know how to prepare you for what lies ahead as the wheels of the criminal justice system and the CPS investigation grind against you.

Your privacy is important to us

We are sensitive to your need for privacy and proactive in our approach to resolving these cases. Your conversations with us are privileged and we will not divulge what you tell us to anyone else, even family members.

Find out why it is important that three of our attorneys are Board Certified Criminal Law SpecialistsOur attorneys focus on protecting the rights of our clients and preserving their freedom. This is especially important because a conviction could result in a lengthy sentence, while even outcomes that don’t result in a conviction may still require lifetime registration as a sex offender. Our attorneys are experienced in handle cases even where there is DNA evidence, physical findings, and even confessions.

There are a number of sexual assault offenses in Texas. Most require registration as a sex offender. A list of the most common offenses is found below:

Improper PhotographyClass B Misdemeanor0-180 Days
Solicitation of ProstitutionClass B Misdemeanor0-180 Days
Official Oppression - Sexual HarassmentClass A Misdemeanor1 Years
Possession of Child PornographyThird Degree2-10 Years
Improper Student Teacher RelationshipSecond Degree2-20 Years
Indecency FondlingSecond Degree2-20 Years
Sexual Assault of a Child Under 14Second Degree2-20 Years
Sexual AssaultSecond Degree2-20 Years
Sexual Performance of a Child under 14First Degree5-99 Years or Life
Human TraffickingFirst Degree5-99 Years or Life
Aggravated Sexual AssaultFirst Degree5-99 Years or Life
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a ChildFirst Degree5-99 Years or Life
Continuous Sexual Assault of a ChildFirst Degree*25-99 Years or Life
Failure to Register as a Sex OffenderVariesVaries

Time is of the Essence: A Proactive Defense is the Best Defense

Call us to find out why time is of the essence and what we can do to 1) try to prevent a case from being filed, 2) prevent the case from being indicted, and 3) how we can 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 outcome for your situation. Hire the firm that brings over three decades of experience to the table and handles your case with the discretion and seriousness the allegations require.

What are common conditions of bond in sexual assault cases in Texas?

  • Defendant is subject to a child safety zone: The defendant may not supervise or participate in any program that includes as participants or recipients, persons who are 17 years of age or younger and that regularly provide athletic, civic or cultural activities; or go in, on, or within a distance specified by the Judge of premises where children commonly gather, including, but not limited to, a school, day-care facility, playground, public or private youth center, public swimming pool, amusement park, recreation center, or video arcade facility. Specified distance is 1, 000 feet.
  • Do not supervise, accept any employment and/or participate in any program or volunteer activity that includes as participants or recipients persons who are 17 years of age or younger and that regularly provide athletic, civic, cultural, or other activities.
  • Defendant will not possess any printed, photographed, or recorded material that he/she may use for the purpose of his/her deviant sexual arousal. Nor shall the defendant frequent any place where such material is available for the purpose of deviant sexual arousal. The defendant shall not possess, acquire, obtain, retain or review journalistic, video, photographic, electronic, compact disc, computer generated or computer originated material, or material generated by an individual or material that is sent or received by the Internet, World Wide Web, text/photo messaging with a cellular device or electronic mail that is sexually oriented and/or portrays nudity of a child or of an adult.
  • Avoid any and all contact in any form or fashion with the victim and his or her family. Do not attempt to contact the victim or his or her family by writing, in person, by telephone, or any other harassing manner and do not employ any agents to act on your behalf in reference to contacting the victim or his or her family.
  • Defendant shall not reside in a home where persons who are 17 years of age or younger reside unless approved by the court.
  • Defendant shall have no contact, visitation, or personal association with any person 17 years of age or younger unless approved by the Court. This includes, but is not limited to, contact by phone, writing, and/or in person.
  • Defendant will abide by a curfew by remaining in his/her place of residence between the hours of Midnight and 6:00 AM with the exception of medical emergencies or employment. If a medical emergency arises or employment conflicts with the curfew, the defendant is required to provide verification to the Court.
  • You shall be responsible for your appearance at all times. This includes the wearing of undergarments and clothing in places where another person may be expected to view you.
  • Defendant shall not hitchhike nor pick up hitchhikers.
  • Defendant shall not possess, install, and/or download any programs or software on his/her computer equipment that is intended to erase or delete internet and computer activities.
  • Defendant is prohibited from using the Internet or World Wide Web to access material that is obscene, access a commercial social networking site, communicate with another individual concerning sexual relations with an individual who is younger than 17 years of age, or communicate with another individual the defendant knows is younger than 17 years of age.
  • Install and activate at your own expense, a software program capable of tracking or blocking access to sexually explicit material on any personal computer in your residence or place of employment. Software must be approved by the Court.
(a)  A person commits an offense if the person:

(1)  intentionally or knowingly:

(A)  causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of another person by any means, without that person’s consent;

(B)  causes the penetration of the mouth of another person by the sexual organ of the actor, without that person’s consent;  or

(C)  causes the sexual organ of another person, without that person’s consent, to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor;  or

(2)  intentionally or knowingly:

(A)  causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of a child by any means;

(B)  causes the penetration of the mouth of a child by the sexual organ of the actor;

(C)  causes the sexual organ of a child to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor;

(D)  causes the anus of a child to contact the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor;  or

(E)  causes the mouth of a child to contact the anus or sexual organ of another person, including the actor.

(b)  A sexual assault under Subsection (a)(1) is without the consent of the other person if:

(1)  the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by the use of physical force or violence;

(2)  the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by threatening to use force or violence against the other person, and the other person believes that the actor has the present ability to execute the threat;

(3)  the other person has not consented and the actor knows the other person is unconscious or physically unable to resist;

(4)  the actor knows that as a result of mental disease or defect the other person is at the time of the sexual assault incapable either of appraising the nature of the act or of resisting it;

(5)  the other person has not consented and the actor knows the other person is unaware that the sexual assault is occurring;

(6)  the actor has intentionally impaired the other person’s power to appraise or control the other person’s conduct by administering any substance without the other person’s knowledge;

(7)  the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by threatening to use force or violence against any person, and the other person believes that the actor has the ability to execute the threat;

(8)  the actor is a public servant who coerces the other person to submit or participate;

(9)  the actor is a mental health services provider or a health care services provider who causes the other person, who is a patient or former patient of the actor, to submit or participate by exploiting the other person’s emotional dependency on the actor;

(10)  the actor is a clergyman who causes the other person to submit or participate by exploiting the other person’s emotional dependency on the clergyman in the clergyman’s professional character as spiritual adviser;  or

(11)  the actor is an employee of a facility where the other person is a resident, unless the employee and resident are formally or informally married to each other under Chapter 2, Family Code.

(c)  In this section:

(1)  “Child” means a person younger than 17 years of age.

(2)  “Spouse” means a person who is legally married to another.

(3)  “Health care services provider” means:

(A)  a physician licensed under Subtitle B, Title 3, Occupations Code;

(B)  a chiropractor licensed under Chapter 201, Occupations Code;

(C)  a physical therapist licensed under Chapter 453, Occupations Code;

(D)  a physician assistant licensed under Chapter 204, Occupations Code;  or

(E)  a registered nurse, a vocational nurse, or an advanced practice nurse licensed under Chapter 301, Occupations Code.

(4)  “Mental health services provider” means an individual, licensed or unlicensed, who performs or purports to perform mental health services, including a:

(A)  licensed social worker as defined by Section 505.002, Occupations Code;

(B)  chemical dependency counselor as defined by Section 504.001, Occupations Code;

(C)  licensed professional counselor as defined by Section 503.002, Occupations Code;

(D)  licensed marriage and family therapist as defined by Section 502.002, Occupations Code;

(E)  member of the clergy;

(F)  psychologist offering psychological services as defined by Section 501.003, Occupations Code;  or

(G)  special officer for mental health assignment certified under Section 1701.404, Occupations Code.

(5)  “Employee of a facility” means a person who is an employee of a facility defined by Section 250.001, Health and Safety Code, or any other person who provides services for a facility for compensation, including a contract laborer.

(d)  It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a)(2) that the conduct consisted of medical care for the child and did not include any contact between the anus or sexual organ of the child and the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of the actor or a third party.

(e)  It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under Subsection (a)(2):

(1)  that the actor was the spouse of the child at the time of the offense; or

(2)  that:

(A)  the actor was not more than three years older than the victim and at the time of the offense:

(i)  was not required under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure, to register for life as a sex offender; or

(ii)  was not a person who under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure, had a reportable conviction or adjudication for an offense under this section; and

(B)  the victim:

(i)  was a child of 14 years of age or older; and

(ii)  was not a person whom the actor was prohibited from marrying or purporting to marry or with whom the actor was prohibited from living under the appearance of being married under Section 25.01.

(f)  An offense under this section is a felony of the second degree, except that an offense under this section is a felony of the first degree if the victim was a person whom the actor was prohibited from marrying or purporting to marry or with whom the actor was prohibited from living under the appearance of being married under Section 25.01.

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 as well. During the investigative phase, it is essential to have an attorney 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 on the defense of your case. Our attorneys 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 town with a mock courtroom where we prepare you for trial. Call (817) 203-2220 to speak to one of our attorneys today.

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    Former Chief Sex Crimes Prosecutors

    All of our senior attorneys are all former prosecutors. Several worked in the Crimes Against Child Unit, which is now referred to as the Special Victims Unit. Before joining the firm, three of our attorneys worked as prosecutors in the Crimes Against Children Unit at Tarrant County and one was the Chief of the Chief of the Crimes Against Children Unit. Another one of our attorneys was the highest ranked female in the District Attorney’s staff.

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    Experienced in Defending Sexual Assault Accusations

    Together we have over five decades and 550 jury trials worth of experience handling exclusively criminal cases. Our attorneys not only know how the prosecutors evaluate and prepare these cases, our attorneys helped write their playbook. Having been on the other side, and led the other side, we can spot weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and we know how to best protect you against the massive legal consequences that are heading your way.

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    Prepared to Defend the Criminal Allegations and CPS Investigations

    We understand the allegations you are facing and the direct and collateral consequences of theses allegations. We know how to prepare you for what lies ahead as the wheels of the criminal justice system and the CPS investigation grind against you.

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    Your privacy is important to us

    We are sensitive to your need for privacy and proactive in our approach to resolving these cases. Your conversations with us are privileged and we will not divulge what you tell us to anyone else, even family members.

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    Time is of the Essence

    The best defense to a sexual assault allegation is a proactive defense. Our attorneys include three Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists. Our attorneys focus on protecting the rights of our clients and preserving their freedom. This is especially important because a conviction could result in a lengthy sentence, while even outcomes that don’t result in a conviction may still require lifetime registration as a sex offender. Our attorneys are experienced in handle cases even where there is DNA evidence, physical findings, and even confessions but we also know that there is not a day to waste in preparing your defense. Call us at (817) 203-2220 or contact us online:

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The Best Sexual Assault Defense Attorneys
Rating: ★★★★★ 5 / 5 stars

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I am overwhelmed with emotion as I type. I simply can not find words that adequately state the level of care, concern, the high level professionalism, and the diligence that was put forth into the case concerning my family. I can only say that I doubt very seriously that I would ever find better lawyers than Mr. Varghese and Ms. Letty Martinez. I could not have asked for better representation on any level. To any person reading this trust that you will not find better!!!!! 10 stars +

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