Last updated 8 days ago
Jessica’s Law is a piece of legislation that enacts tougher penalties on those convicted of sex crimes. It arose from a Florida case, which involved the kidnap, rape, and murder of a nine-year-old girl. The man convicted in this case was sentenced to death. Since then, the girl’s father has been advocating for tougher laws throughout the U.S. and a couple of dozen of them have obliged him. Recently, Jessica’s Law, or the Jessica Lunsford Act, was passed in Texas. If you’ve been accused of a sex crime, your criminal defense lawyer can help you understand what this new law means for your case.
In Texas, Jessica’s Law defines a new sex crime known as continuous sexual abuse. An individual could be accused of this crime for allegedly having committed two or more acts of sexual abuse against a child. The child must be under the age of 14 and the acts must have been committed over a period of at least 30 days. These types of sexual acts include aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, indecency with a child, and burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a sex crime. For purposes of prosecution, a jury need not agree upon guilt for all sex acts. They only need to find the defendant guilty of committing at least two acts.
Super Aggravated Sexual Assault
Jessica’s Law also created an offense known as super aggravated sexual assault. This charge can apply if the child is younger than six. It can also apply if the child is younger than 14 and the alleged conduct would qualify the crime as being aggravated sexual assault.
Both of these new offenses carry a punishment range of 25 to 99 years in prison. Convicted offenders would not be eligible for early release. A second conviction of continuous sexual assault results in life in prison without parole. Super aggravated sexual assault is punishable as a capital felony, which means it could result in the death penalty.
Jeffrey C. Grass, a criminal defense lawyer serving Texas, is well versed in the latest legislation regarding sex crimes and other criminal charges. When you partner with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, you’ll receive all the resources of a major criminal law firm with the personalized attention of a boutique firm. To arrange for legal representation today, call (214) 613-1972.
Last updated 9 days ago
Date rape is a serious accusation. This type of sex crime refers to an unwanted sexual encounter or sexual assault between two people who are known to each other. An individual may be accused of this sex crime by a girlfriend or boyfriend, by a friend, by a casual date, or by any known acquaintance. As with other types of sex crimes, a conviction for date rape leads to significant, lifelong consequences.
What Are Date Rape Drugs?
Date rape drugs are certain types of drugs that a person may allegedly give to another person without consent or knowledge for the purpose of facilitating a sexual assault. It is not necessary for date rape drugs to be involved in this type of sex crime; however, it is common. Date rape drugs, such as Rohypnol, GHB, and ketamine are fast-acting, causing the alleged victim to become weak, confused, and sometimes unconscious. Date rape drugs are a particular problem at parties in which alcohol is served because they can be surreptitiously added to an alleged victim’s drink without that person’s knowledge.
Why Is Poor Communication a Factor?
Poor communication is a significant factor in date rape because one partner may misinterpret sexual messages from the other partner. For example, an individual accused of date rape may have believed the sexual act was consensual. For those accused of date rape, consulting a skilled criminal defense attorney is essential. A criminal lawyer can review different accounts of the incident to build a case.
Which Penalties May Result?
Those accused of date rape may be convicted of a felony. Sex crimes convictions often lead to time in prison, probation, and mandatory sex offender registration. Plus, a felony conviction will follow you for the rest of your life, preventing you from owning a firearm or voting.
The criminal defense team at the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass has extensive experience in litigating difficult sex crimes cases, including allegations of date rape. If you’ve been accused of any type of sex crime, don’t wait for charges to be filed; call our criminal law firm right away. You can reach our criminal law offices in Dallas or Plano by calling (888) 694-0587.
Last updated 12 days ago
Even if you have been in court before, it can be nerve-wracking to go to a hearing or other proceeding. Fortunately, your criminal defense attorney will be there with you to reduce the risk that you’ll commit an egregious breach of conduct. It’s also a good idea to discuss your court appearance with your criminal attorney ahead of time. Your criminal lawyer can help you learn about the basic etiquette rules you should follow in court.
Dressing in a formal manner for court conveys the impression that you are respectful of the court and that you take the criminal charges very seriously. As a general rule of thumb, men and women should wear attire that would be appropriate for business. Avoid wearing T-shirts with slogans, ripped jeans, and similar apparel. If you must dress more casually for work or if you wear a uniform and you cannot change before your court appearance, your criminal defense attorney may apologize to the court on your behalf and briefly explain the situation.
It’s imperative to arrive on time or a few minutes early for your court appearance. Before entering the courtroom, make sure your cellphone and other electronic devices are turned off. When the Judge enters the courtroom, you should stand until the Judge sits down. Always exercise self-restraint, even if a comment made by the prosecution upsets you.
Addressing the Judge
Address the Judge as “Your Honor.” Always answer questions in a respectful manner, even if the questions seem silly or offensive to you. If a question is unclear, it’s advisable to ask for clarification. These basic rules of etiquette also apply to responses from the prosecution. If you are on the witness stand, for example, answer questions directly and avoid being argumentative.
The Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass provides expert legal representation to individuals throughout the Dallas and Plano areas who have been accused of various crimes, including sex crimes and aggravated assault. If you have any questions about your upcoming court appearance, you may contact us at (888) 694-0587. We also invite you to browse our website to read more about criminal charges.
Last updated 12 days ago
Some states, including Texas, have passed laws that make synthetic marijuana illegal. If you’re charged with possessing or distributing synthetic marijuana, your criminal attorney can help you understand the potential penalties involved. Texas and other states have illegalized this drug because it is widely considered to be a significant risk to public health. Popularly called “Spice,” “K2,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” this dangerous drug is not subject to safety testing. That means that manufacturers can add a whole slew of dangerous chemicals to the compound.
Synthetic marijuana has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including rapid heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting. Users have been known to experience severe anxiety and agitation, and to suffer from hallucinations and other psychotic episodes. Seizures, tremors, and muscle spasms, in addition to suicidal thoughts or actions are also associated with the use of synthetic marijuana.
After you contact the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass to arrange for representation for a drug charge, our team of professional investigators will promptly begin investigating your case. Residents of the Dallas and Plano areas can contact our criminal law firm at (888) 694-0587 for a meeting with a criminal defense lawyer.
Last updated 23 days ago
Texas law has enacted harsh penalties for those convicted of DWI/DUI charges. If you’ve been arrested for a DWI charge, contact a criminal lawyer right away. Your criminal attorney can ensure the police follow proper enforcement procedure to protect your legal rights. Having a criminal defense team on your side can reduce the risk that you’ll pay substantial fines, spend time in jail, and face administrative penalties.
Texas uses a tiered approach to fines and other penalties for DWI convictions. In other words, if you’re convicted of a first offense, you’re facing less severe penalties than you would if you had prior DWI convictions. For a conviction of a first offense, you could be ordered to pay a fine of up to $2,000. You could lose your driver’s license for up to a year and be required to pay an annual fee of $1,000 or $2,000 for three years to retain your license. This is in addition to three to 180 days in jail.
A second conviction of DWI results in a fine of up to $4,000 and the loss of your driver’s license for up to two years. Subsequently, you’ll need to pay an annual fee of $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 for the next three years to retain your license. A second offense can also result in a jail term of one month to a year.
As your criminal defense attorney can explain to you, a third DWI conviction will result in a $10,000 fine and two to 10 years in prison. After the loss of your license for two years, you could be required to pay an annual fee of $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 to retain your license.
Criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey C. Grass regularly defends those accused of all levels of DWI/DUI charges, including first offenses, subsequent offenses, intoxication assault, and intoxication manslaughter. Call our criminal law firm today and let us put our investigative resources to work on your behalf. Residents of Dallas, Plano, and the surrounding areas can get in touch with the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass by calling (888) 694-0587 or visiting our website.