This is the first post in a series of articles which will address defending against sexual assault charges in Laredo and other south Texas areas. I consider it important to write on this topic due to the devastating consequences which a conviction can have on one’s life. These consequences go well beyond the potential for incarceration. They also include having a permanent criminal record, having to register as a sex offender, and being effectively disqualified from many aspects of life. I am, therefore, writing this series with the goal of providing information which will help people to better understand their situation. This information is also intended to assist with the selection of a criminal defense lawyer. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing a number of issues over my coming articles. Topics which I will analyze include:
- Texas’ penalties for sexual assault
- The fact that such charges are sometimes based on false allegations
- How search and seizure issues impact such cases
- The impact of a Miranda violation on the charges
- Potentially excluding eyewitness identifications from trial
- Potentially defending a case at trial
There are several reasons why I have chosen to address these topics. First, the ramifications of a conviction can be severe. This includes time in prison and the requirement of registering with the public. Second, it is an unfortunate truth that such charges are sometimes based on false claims. This can be due to someone attempting to “get even” or from someone attempting to gain an advantage in child custody proceedings. Third, if law enforcement wishes to introduce physical evidence or statements which were unlawfully obtained then it is possible to exclude such items from the Court’s proceedings. Depending on the nature of the allegations, this can make a substantial difference to the defense. Fourth, if law enforcement used overly suggestive procedures in obtaining an identification of the defendant then it may be possible to prevent that witness from testifying. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process can be critical to building a defense.
If you or a family member have been accused of sexual assault then it is vital that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. Prosecutors aggressively pursue charges in such matters and it will be important to mount as strong a defense as possible. I am a Laredo criminal defense lawyer who handles sexual assault charges. My office believes that everyone is entitled to effective representation and respect. We will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone today.