State & Federal Sexual Assault Defense Lawyers
A sexual assault allegation can turn your whole world upside down. From the moment you’re arrested, investigated, charged, or accused, everything changes.
Society reserves its fiercest scorn for the perpetrators of sex crimes. The intimacy of the offense, coupled with the lingering and powerful taboo surrounding sexuality in modern society, ensures that these charges cause intense and immediate embarrassment for the accused.
Loneliness, isolation, hopelessness, and fear are all common.
You are not alone, though, and your case is not hopeless. As experienced Texas sexual assault defense lawyers, we have achieved many successful outcomes in these cases, often even negotiating a dismissal of every charge.
We understand that false allegations are tragically common with sexual assault. While no one wants to question the veracity of a true victim, the law must look out for innocent people whose actions have been exaggerated, distorted, or cast in a false light by the accuser.
The prosecutor has the burden of proof, and it’s a tall one: Guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. As experienced sexual assault defense lawyers, our first job is to persuade the prosecutor that he or she will be unable to meet that burden in a court of law (especially given that they’ll have to go up against a very aggressive legal team from Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP).
If the prosecutor will not relent, our job is then to persuade the court that the government simply can’t establish its proof beyond a reasonable doubt. That means advancing smart legal theories, commanding a knowledge of the latest legal developments, challenging every piece of evidence, and implementing strategies that our team has cultivated over the course of many years.
If the government wins its case, you could face extremely harsh penalties – years in prison, a permanent public record, hefty fines, nearly impossible job prospects for the future, and an irreversibly damaged personal reputation.
Whether your case comes down to a misunderstanding, a police error, an accuser’s hidden motivations, a completely false allegation, or whatever the situation may be… we can help. You deserve the best legal defense available to you. Please take action to protect yourself as soon as possible.
Even if you are only under investigation and police have not pressed charges, it is in your best interest to contact our state and federal sexual assault defense lawyers right away.
Sex-Related Assault Crimes in Texas
Sexual assault is a broad term and covers an expansive range of content. While it typically involves allegedly unwanted or nonconsensual physical contact, it also covers non-physical offenses, including a number of Internet sex crimes.
Typical sexual assault crimes in Texas include:
- Marital rape
- Statutory rape
- Date rape
- Drugging someone in order to make sexual advances
- Sexual offenses involving minors
- Soliciting minors for sexual activity (often involving the Internet)
- Indecent exposure
- Internet sex crimes
- And more
The Texas sexual assault defense lawyers at Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP are experienced in the whole spectrum of sex-related assault charges in Texas. Our team is prepared to fight for your rights, defend the truth, and do everything we can to defeat these charges.
Aggravated Sexual Assault
In Texas, certain shocking or egregious accusations can trigger escalated criminal charges, which carry even tougher penalties. These are referred to as aggravated or super-aggravated sexual assaults.
To prove aggravated or super-aggravated sexual assault in Texas, the prosecutor will have to meet all the elements of the underlying assault charge and prove that there was an additional “aggravating factor.”
Examples of aggravating factors supporting an aggravated or super-aggravated sexual assault charge include:
- The victim’s age
- The use of force
- The use of violence or a deadly weapon
- Multiple aggressors assaulting the same person (i.e., “gang rape”)
- Intentional use of a date rape drug
- The victim’s disability or incapacity
- And more
Federal Sexual Assault Charges
Even though most sex-related assault charges are filed by the state, sexual assault can constitute a federal crime, too. If you’re facing federal sexual assault charges, you need to understand just how complex your case has become.
Federal prosecutions involve a different set of procedures, different sentencing guidelines, and a different body of law. Not every Texas defense attorney is up to the challenge.
The federal sexual assault defense lawyers at Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP have specific and extensive experience in federal investigations and criminal proceedings. We believe we can make a real difference in your case.
For federal matters, our services are available nationwide. Please don’t waste any time in contacting our office. Time matters.
To get started, please contact our office and request a free consultation with our Texas sexual assault defense lawyers by calling 1-888-356-4634 or submitting our online form as soon as possible. We’re here to fight for you.