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    Understanding Aggravated Sexual Assault Charges

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Any type of sex crime such as sexual assault can result in lifelong damage to your reputation, even if you’re exonerated of the charges. If convicted, you could be facing serious penalties, particularly if the charge is aggravated sexual assault. Since individuals accused of sex crimes are often perceived as guilty by the public before the trial even begins, it’s imperative to arrange for aggressive legal representation with a criminal law firm. A criminal defense attorney will ensure that your legal rights are upheld.

    Definition

    In Texas, a conviction of sexual assault is a second-degree felony. Aggravated sexual assault is considered a more serious offense and it is classified as a first-degree felony. A prosecutor may decide to charge a suspect with aggravated sexual assault, rather than sexual assault, depending on the facets of the case. For example, aggravated sexual assault may take the form of intentionally or knowingly causing the contact of a sexual organ to another person without that person’s consent, or causing the penetration of a sexual organ without consent. Aggravated sexual assault may involve using actions or verbal threats to cause the victim to believe that death, kidnapping, or serious bodily injury may be imminent. It may also involve the use of a deadly weapon, forcible drugging, or victimizing a person older than 65 or younger than 14.

    Penalties

    Since this type of sex crime is considered to be a first-degree felony under Texas law, individuals convicted of aggravated sexual assault face severe penalties. Under the Texas Penal Code, a first-degree felony may lead to a fine up to $10,000. Life in prison is a possibility. Alternatively, a convicted felon may face a prison sentence of not more than 99 years or less than five years. However, if the victim is younger than six, there is a minimum term of 25 years. This minimum term also applies if the victim is younger than 14 and a deadly weapon or the use of threats was involved.

    When you or a loved one is in need of aggressive legal representation in the Dallas or Plano areas, look no further than the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass. Our criminal law firm has been vigorously defending the rights of the accused for nearly 20 years. Call today at (888) 694-0587 to schedule a consultation.

    FAQs About the Texas Sex Offender Registry Program

    Last updated 10 days ago

    If convicted of a sex crime, you will be required to register with the Texas Sex Offender Registry Program. If you fail to do so, you will be charged with a felony and you’ll face additional penalties. If you have any questions about complying with the law as it relates to sex crimes, contact a criminal law firm. A criminal defense attorney can help you learn how to be in full compliance so as to avoid additional penalties.

    Who Must Register In Texas?

    You may be required to register if registration is a condition of your parole or release to mandatory supervision, if it’s a condition of community supervision, or if you have a reportable conviction or adjudication. In other words, if you were convicted of a sex crime, you may be required by law to register. Additionally, if you were convicted of a sex crime in another state and then move to Texas, you could be required to register.

    What Is the Registration Procedure?

     If required to register, you must do so with the local law enforcement of your municipality or county of residence. You must register promptly upon moving to that location. Upon registering, you will be required to provide certain information, such as your full name, physical characteristics, Social Security number, and employment information. The registration database will include your photograph.

    Can Anyone View the Information?

    In most cases, the public can view the information in the sex offender registry. The public will not have access to the offender’s Social Security number, phone number, or driver’s license number.

    What Are the Different Risk Levels?

    Offenders are classified according to a numeric risk level. Level one is low risk, level two is moderate risk, and level three is high risk. Offenders who are considered moderate or high risk will have a greater level of supervision by law enforcement officers.

    The criminal defense team at the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass understands the many intricacies of sex offender registration and we’ll advocate on your behalf to minimize the consequences. In some cases, our criminal defense lawyer can lessen your risk level to reduce the intensity of law enforcement supervision. Those in the Dallas and Plano areas are welcome to call our criminal law firm at (888) 694-0587.

    When Can You Be Charged With a Lewd Act?

    Last updated 15 days ago

    A lewd act is a type of sex crime. You may be charged with a lewd act if you are suspected of committing any type of unlawful conduct which results in your own sexual arousal or the arousal of the individual to whom the act was directed. One example of a lewd act is indecent exposure. For example, many people face this particular charge after an evening of drinking at a bar, during which they may attempt to relieve themselves in a public area. Other examples of lewd acts are sexual conduct in a public place, pornography, and indecency with a child.

    If convicted of committing a lewd act, you may face jail time, fines, or a mandatory treatment program, and you may be required to register as a sex offender. You will also suffer permanent damage to your reputation, making it more difficult to gain employment.

    If you or a loved one has been accused of any type of sex crime, including lewd acts, call the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass at (888) 694-0587. Our criminal law firm represents the rights of individuals in the Dallas and Plano areas.

    Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Internet Safety

    Last updated 20 days ago

    With the increasing prevalence of Internet usage and social media in kids’ lives, it’s more important than ever for parents to talk to their youngsters about staying safe online. Parents can protect their kids by discussing the many risks of social media, such as cyberbullying and identity theft, and by explaining how to stay safe online, such as never accepting a chat invitation from someone they do not recognize.

    Watch this video for more helpful tips on protecting your kids on the Internet. This mom explains some ground rules for kids, such as never allowing them to post their phone number, address, or email address on their social media pages. She also discusses common Internet scams, such as phishing.

    If you or your child has been accused of cyberbullying or another Internet-related crime, contact the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass at (888) 694-0587. Our criminal law office is proud to serve residents of Dallas and Plano with aggressive legal representation.

    A College Student's Guide to Dealing with Wrongful Sexual Misconduct Accusations

    Last updated 27 days ago

    On college campuses, accusations of sexual misconduct are commonplace. If you’ve been wrongfully accused, you may think that there’s no need to become alarmed since the police will surely discover that you’re not guilty of a sex crime. Unfortunately, this type of thinking can land you behind bars – or at the very least, suspended from college. Sex crime accusations are very serious and can have lifelong repercussions. Take the following steps to protect yourself.

    Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer

    It’s common to wait until an arrest has been made to arrange for legal representation. However, if you suspect that a sex crimes accusation may be levelled against you, it’s in your best interests to consult a criminal defense lawyer immediately. When an attorney can begin building a case in your defense even before you’re charged with a crime, your defense will be even stronger. Plus, your criminal defense lawyer can advise you as to how to protect yourself while an investigation is ongoing.

    Avoid Making Incriminating Statements

    If the police question you, avoid answering any questions or making any statements to them without your attorney present. Even if you think explaining your side of the story will help your case, it’s best to avoid saying anything at all. Frequently, law enforcement officers can take your words out of context to imply guilt. Avoid talking about the accusations to anyone except for your lawyer, regardless of whether they are friends or family members. Additionally, avoid posting anything about the incident or the accusations on social media websites.

    Avoid Talking to the Alleged Victim

    It may be tempting to try to “clear the air” with the alleged victim. However, anything you say to that person could be misconstrued and you may end up incriminating yourself. If the person who is accusing you of sexual misconduct asks you to meet with him or her, avoid doing so.

    If you or your child has been accused of sexual misconduct on a college campus or elsewhere, contact Jeffrey C. Grass, criminal defense lawyer. The legal team at the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass has extensive experience in investigating a case and building a strong defense while protecting your legal rights. Residents of Dallas, Plano, and beyond can connect with our criminal law firm by calling (888) 694-0587.

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