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If you're facing allegations of rape, act quickly to get a skilled defense attorney on your side. Rape is a felony, which is considered the most serious type of offense, and it can range from a state jail felony all the way up to a first-degree. If you're found guilty, you could be sentenced to several years in prison and/or be ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines.

When you're facing rape charges, your rights, freedoms, and future are on the line. That is why, when you hire Scott H. Palmer, P.C., we do everything in our legal power to work toward a favorable outcome on your behalf. Our attorneys combine their efforts to provide aggressive representation and employ a strategic approach to handle your case. Two of our lawyers are former prosecutors, and they leverage their unique insight to build a defense that considers the methods used by the prosecution to fight back against the State's accusations.

Get over 98 years of combined experience on your side by calling our Dallas rape defense attorneys at (214) 891-3382 today.

What Is Considered Rape in Texas?

Texas Penal Code 22.011 is the statute concerned with sexual assault (rape). It provides that rape occurs when someone engages in non-consensual sexual conduct or contact with another. Various acts are prohibited.

According to the law, a person commits rape when they intentionally, knowingly, and without consent:

  • Penetrate another person's anus or sex organ, regardless of the means used to cause the penetration
  • Penetrate another person's mouth with their sex organ
  • Makes someone else's sex organ contact or penetrate another person's mouth, anus or sex organ

Sexual assault also occurs when someone engages in any of the above conduct with a child (a person under 17 years of age). The individual could be accused of the offense regardless of whether or not they received consent or knew the child's age at the time the act was committed.

Depending on the circumstances, sexual assault can be elevated to the more serious offense of aggravated sexual assault.

Factors that result in aggravated charges being levied against a person include:

  • Threatening the other individual so that they believe they will be a victim of human trafficking or subject to death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping
  • Causing death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping
  • Using or displaying a deadly weapon
  • Committing the act with another person
  • Giving the alleged victim a drug that impairs their normal faculties and they do not know what's going on or cannot resist
  • Committing the act against a child under 14 years of age
  • Committing the act against an elderly or disabled person

What Is Consent?

Texas law states that rape occurs when the actor didn't have consent from the other party to have sex with them. In many sexual assault cases, the question of whether or not the alleged victim legally gave consent often arises.

Under Texas Penal Code 22.011, a sexual act is non-consensual if it occurs:

  • By use of force, violence, or coercion
  • By use of threats that the alleged victim reasonably believes the actor will carry out
  • When the alleged victim is unconscious or otherwise unable to resist
  • When the alleged victim is mentally incapacitated and unaware of what's happening and unable to resist
  • When the actor gave the alleged victim a substance to impair their normal faculties
  • When the actor threatens anyone else and the alleged victim believes they will carry out the threat
  • When the actor uses their role as a public servant, such as a police officer, to coerce the alleged victim
  • When the actor is a mental health provider, clergyman, employee of a facility where the alleged victim lives, or a health care services provider who uses their role or knowledge of the alleged victim's mental state to make them participate in sexual conduct

What Are the Penalties for Rape in Texas?

Generally, sexual assault, without any aggravating factors, is a second-degree felony. The penalties include 2 to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. It becomes a first-degree felony when the alleged victim was someone the individual was prohibited from marrying. In this case, a conviction could result in 5 to 99 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree felony. If the offense is committed against someone under 14 years of age, the minimum prison sentence is 25 years.

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If you've been charged with rape, our Dallas lawyers will examine every detail of the matter to develop a sound defense strategy on your behalf.

Contact Scott H. Palmer, P.C. at (214) 891-3382 to tell us your side of the story.

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