Penalties for Sexual Assault in Texas
Sexual assault, a second-degree felony, carries a punishment range up to 20 years in prison. A sexual assault case becomes "aggravated" (a first-degree felony) when there is a deadly weapon involved, there is serious bodily injury to the alleged victim or the alleged victim is a child under age 14.
Aggravated sexual assault is punishable up to 99 years or life in prison. If the alleged victim is a child under age 6, the offense becomes "super-aggravated," and carries a punishment range of 25 years to life in prison without any eligibility for parole.
Indecency with a child is a second-degree felony punishable up to 20 years in prison. Whether an individual is charged with sexual assault of a child or indecency with a child (or both) depends on the facts of the case.
Continuous sexual abuse of a child or young children requires that the state prove that the assaultive conduct happened either multiple times in a given time period, or to multiple child victims. If proven in court, these cases carry a punishment range of 25 years to life in prison without parole.
It is essential to have a good legal team looking into charges of a sexual nature. There may be issues with scientific evidence, witness identification, or alibi, among others, that must be thoroughly investigated in order to properly defend against such serious allegations. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to spot such issues and know how important it is to bring in an investigator to dig further into the case.