Dedicated San Antonio Attorney Represents Clients Accused of Sexual Assault
Work with a skilled Texas lawyer who’s handled serious charges
A sexual assault charge is a serious offense, with severe consequences upon conviction. Even those acquitted are likely to face damage to their reputations and careers. If you stand accused of sexual assault in San Antonio or elsewhere in Texas, Kevin L. Collins, P.C. is the experienced criminal defense attorney you want on your side. As a former prosecutor, I understand what’s at stake and know how to challenge the prosecution’s case. As a board-certified criminal law attorney by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, I have both the knowledge and background clients can trust. You can rely on me to seek the best possible outcome under the facts of your case to protect your rights and your future.
What you need to know about sexual assault
Sexual assault is a more serious charge than other types of assault, not only because convicted offenders can be sentenced to years in prison but also because they will have to register as a sex offender if their victim is a minor. Sexual assault, or rape, is sexual intercourse or sexual contact without the consent of the other party or with someone less than 17 years of age. A sexual assault charge can be brought if the defendant:
- Uses physical force, violence or coercion against the other person
- Threatens to use force or violence or to harm the other person or a third person
- Knows that the other person is unconscious, unaware of the conduct or unable to resist (unless that person has consented)
- Knows that the other person lacks the mental capacity to understand the nature of the act or to resist
- Is a public servant who coerces the other person
- Is a health or mental healthcare provider or clergy member who, acting in a professional capacity, exploits the other person’s emotional dependence on him or her
- Is an employee at a facility where the other person is a resident (unless they are married to each other)
A sex assault becomes the more serious crime of aggravated sexual assault if any of the following is true:
- The offender causes serious injury or attempts to cause death to another during the assault.
- The offender puts the victim in fear that another person will be killed, injured, kidnapped or subjected to human trafficking.
- The offender uses or displays a deadly weapon during the assault.
- Two or more offenders assault the same person together.
- The offender uses a date rape drug.
- The victim is less than 14 years old (even if the offender doesn’t know that), elderly or disabled.
Most simple sex assaults are punishable by up to 20 years in prison, but aggravated sexual assaults are punishable by up to 99 years in prison, and some aggravated sex assaults involving children have a minimum prison sentence of 25 years. Convicts might also be fined up to $10,000. No matter the sexual assault charge you face, you can depend on my firm to mount a vigorous defense while treating you with the professionalism and respect you deserve.
Possible defenses to sexual assault charges
There are several defenses that a defendant may raise against a charge of sexual assault: lack of intent or knowledge, a plea of insanity, and the victim’s consent to the act. If you retain me, I can advise you whether any of these defenses apply to your case and strongly advocate for you.
Contact an experienced San Antonio defense lawyer for a sexual assault charge
If you face a sexual assault charge in Texas, it’s important to seek experienced defense representation as soon as possible. Kevin L. Collins, P.C. in San Antonio provides skilled counsel to Texans facing these serious allegations. To consult with me, call 210-598-8629 or contact me online.