Aggravated Sexual Assault
Aggravated sexual assault occurs when one of the following elements is true when the act of assault is committed:
- The defendant has caused serious bodily injury or attempted to cause the death of the victim
- The defendant placed the victim in fear of death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping to the victim's self or to another person
- A deadly weapon was used or exhibited during the crime
- The defendant acted with another individual in committing the crime
- The "date rape drug" also known as Rohypnol or Ketamine was used with the intent of making the offense easier to commit
- The victim is younger than 14 years of age
- The victim is an elderly or disabled individual
Committing sexual assault against a minor occurs when the victim is under the age of 17.
Indecency with a Child (Child Abuse)
Indecency with a child occurs when there is sexual contact with someone under 17 years of age, such as touching the genitals, breast, or anus of the child, either above or under the child’s clothing, and this contact was intended to arouse or gratify sexual desires. Exposing body parts to a child can also fall under this law.
Lewdness occurs if there is an act of sexual conduct occurring in any public place.
A person commits this crime if they expose their genitals with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, and they are reckless about whether or not another individual is present who will be offended or alarmed by the act.
Recording or Unlawful Electronic Transmission
Recording someone engaging in sexual conduct or having their intimate parts exposed without express consent to record or send it out constitutes recording or unlawful electronic transmission.
What Constitutes Consent?
In Texas, consent can be given by any individual over the age of 17. Proper consent must be mutually understandable permission that has been given voluntarily and is clear, continuous, and given by words or actions.
How an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
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