Sexual Assault of a Child Defense
You Need a Skilled Dallas Sexual Assault Attorney
Accusations of sexually assaulting a child can result in the destruction of your reputation, social relationships, and career as well as put you at risk for harsh penalties under state law. This crime is reviled by the public and prosecutors who will aggressively pursue punishment to the fullest extent of the law. Under such difficult circumstances, you will need the objective support and professional skills of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
The Dallas sexual assault lawyer at the Knight Law Office is a highly-qualified legal professional in criminal defense. Mr. Knight is a former state prosecutor who has been in private practice for more than a decade. Throughout his years in criminal law, he has conducted more than 200 jury trials and innumerable bench trials. That is the level of trial experience you need in fighting rape charges of any kind.
Texas Laws Regarding Sexual Indecency Towards a Child
Child sexual assault falls under several Texas laws. These laws include:
- Section 21.02 of the Texas Penal Code entitled Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Children. This offense consists of sexual activity between someone aged 17 or older and a minor under 14. It involves a minimum of two sexual acts committed against a child during a 30-day period. These acts can include various forms of sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, compelling prostitution, sexual performance by a child, indecency with a child, and more. This crime is charged as a first degree felony punishable by 25 to 99 years in prison.
- Section 21.11 entitled Indecency with a Child which is a second or third-degree felony. It consists of sexual contact such as touching (even through clothing) of the genitals or other body parts of the child with the intent of sexual gratification.
Other Texas laws may pertain to the sexual assault of a child, such as an improper relationship between an educator and a student, indecency with a child, or aggravated sexual assault. All of these are felonies which can involve lengthy prison terms, possible mandatory sex offender registration, and a future with a permanent criminal record.
Competent Representation from a Dallas Sex Crime Lawyer
In the face of such serious criminal charges as the sexual assault of a child, it is imperative that your case is effectively defended. You can rely on the committed and skilled legal representation available from our firm.