Dallas Child Sexual Assault Attorney

Charges involving the sexual assault of a child are exceedingly serious, and you will need to do everything that you possibly can to protect yourself now that legal action has been taken against you. With so much at stake for you right now, you should retain legal counsel as early on in the process as you are able. Once you have legal counsel, your attorney will be able to act as your representative throughout the legal process.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our Dallas child sexual assault attorneys understand exactly what will be at stake for you throughout each and every step of the coming battle; we may be able to defend your rights and develop a legal strategy that that is intended to protect your future from the consequences of a conviction.

Consequences of a Child Sexual Assault Conviction

Under almost every set of circumstances, these charges are felonies that will carry the potential to affect just about every aspect of both your personal and professional lives. Bearing that in mind, you need legal representation capable of defending you from the following consequences that may be possible with a conviction in Dallas:

  • Mandatory minimum prison sentence
  • Lifetime registration as a sex offender
  • Significant court-ordered fines

Though charges of sexual assault of a child are serious, you need to remember that you will still have the opportunity to work with a Dallas attorney as you fight to protect yourself and your future.

Child Sexual Assault in Texas

The Texas Penal Code 21.02 (2012) or Texas Penal Code 21.11 (2012) both apply to child sexual assault.

Section 21.02. is named as ‘Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Children’. According to this penal code, a person commits an offense if “1) during the period that is 30 or more days in duration, the person commits two or more acts of sexual abuse, regardless of whether the acts of sexual abuse are committed against one or more victims; and 2) at the time of the commission of each of the acts of sexual abuse, the actor is 17 years or age or older and the victim is a child younger than 14 years of age.” (see complete penal code section being sent)

Section 21.11 is named ‘Indecency With a Child’. According to this penal code, a person commits an offense if, “with a child younger than 17 years of age, whether the child is of the same or opposite sex, the person: 1) engages in sexual contact with the child or causes the child to engage in sexual contact; or 2) with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.” (see complete penal code section being sent)

“An offense under this section is a felony of the second degree, except that an offense under this section is a felony of the first degree if the victim was a person whom the actor was prohibited from marrying or purporting to marry or with whom the actor was prohibited from living under the appearance of being married under Section 25.01.”

Consult with a Child Sexual Assault Attorney in Dallas

If you have been accused of committing sexual assault against a child, you should speak with a Dallas child sexual assault lawyer at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter about what actions you will need to take to defend your rights and protect your future throughout the coming legal process. To speak with a Dallas defense attorney about the particulars of the charges that have been brought against you, please call our Dallas offices at (214) 845-7007 today.