This article is being written to conclude and recap my series on defending against Laredo, Texas sexual assault charges. I considered it important to write on this topic due to the fact that, for obvious reasons, sexual assault charges constitute a felony and can result in significant prison time. Many people are unsure how to proceed once they have been arrested with a charge of sexual assault. It is important to understand the detailed nuances of the law and how it can affect you if accused. I wrote this series with the goal of providing information to help people better understand their situation. I also have a goal to provide information to assist with the selection of an attorney. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.
I have addressed a number of topics over my recent articles. Issues which I discussed include:
- Texas’ penalties for sexual assault
- The fact that sexual assault are sometimes based on false allegations
- How search and seizure issues impact sexual assault charges
- The impact of a Miranda violation on the charges
- Potentially excluding eyewitness identifications from trial
- Potentially defending a case at trial
There were various reasons I chose to address these topics in this series. First, the penalties for a conviction of sexual assault can be devastating. This can include registering as a sex offender and life in prison if convicted of aggravated sexual assault. Second, unfortunately false accusations can lead to a charge. It is important to understand how to proceed if you have been falsely accused and the ability of your lawyer to prepare a defense. Third, law enforcement must follow constitutional requirements to admit evidence in a criminal trial. If the evidence was obtained through unlawful search and seizure tactics, it is important to request its exclusion. Fourth, if your Miranda rights were violated, it can impact the charges brought against you. This is complex and requires an experienced criminal lawyer to protect your rights. Next, eyewitness identification procedures have strict rules to meet in order to be deemed reliable. If a police officer used overly suggestive procedures to obtain an identification, it can be thrown out and not admitted at trial. Lastly, it is important to understand what to expect at a trial if your matter proceeds before a jury.
A key point in these articles is that one should always retain an experienced attorney as soon as they have been arrested. A lawyer can act immediately to begin building your defense. As a Laredo criminal defense attorney, I am experienced in the handling of felony cases. My office will seek to provide the highest level of service and attention to your criminal case. Contact us online or by telephone today to schedule an initial consultation. We also serve other south Texas areas.