Sexual assault is a serious violation of the law in Texas. Sexual assault is more commonly known as rape, which can be aggravated or non.
Aggravated rape is an aggressive crime. This typically refers to forcible rapes. Statutory rape, on the other hand, may be with a willing partner, but if the person consenting is under the age of consent, intercourse is still illegal.
It can be hard for someone who is accused of sexual assault to defend him or herself initially, and that can lead to humiliation or frustration as their friends, coworkers or family members find out about the accusations. Fortunately, you can clear your name with the right defense.
For instance, if you are accused of improperly touching a child but can show that you were performing necessary medical treatments and not coming into contact with the child inappropriately, the charges could be dropped. In other cases, if a person accuses you of rape but did give consent that you have proof of, then you can show that the claim against you is false.
Every case of sexual assault is different, and it's important that you get to explain your side of the story. Even though you've been accused, it's vital to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. False accusations are also taken seriously, and you may be able to sue for defamation of character if the case against you is found to be made up just to get revenge or to hurt your character. Our website has more information on sexual offenses and what to do if you've been charged.