Sexual assault allegations turn lives upside down. An allegation of sexual assault often results in a warrant being issued, an arrest, a felony case being filed, and bonding out of jail. All of this happens before you’ve even had an opportunity to defend yourself. Notice that just an allegation – someone’s word without any additional proof – is enough to make all those things happen.
So it makes sense that if you are accused of any sexual allegation, you need top-notch criminal defense attorneys at your side, defending you and advising you at every turn.
Our goals as your sexual assault defense attorneys are threefold:
Our Fort Worth sexual assault defense lawyers have been exceptionally successful at reaching these goals, but success starts with an understanding of what you are going through.
The moment you are accused of sexual assault, your life changes. Regardless of whether there is truth to any of the allegations, you are on the verge of being labeled a sex offender and you are facing serious time in the penitentiary.
False accusations are, unfortunately, made very often. Only a defense attorney experienced in sexual assault cases can guide you through the process that begins the moment an accusation is made. The accusation is followed by an investigation, the case being filed by the detective, the grand jury process, indictment, pre-trial settings and may ultimately end with a trial by jury.
Our lawyers are experienced at launching our own investigation and gathering evidence as soon as an allegation is made. Our legal team has experienced investigators who can unearth evidence usually only accessible to professionals who are experienced in investigating these types of matters.
Our attorneys have decades of experience handling cases alleging sexual assault. Common sex crime defenses include:
The rules that apply to sexual offenses in Texas are found throughout the Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure. Some of the most common questions clients ask include:
There are a number of sexual assault offenses in Texas. Most require registration as a sex offender if convicted. A staggering number of sexual assault offenses are filed each year. Here is a summary of sex cases that were filed in Tarrant County alone over a five-year period:
Even though there is a presumption of innocence in any criminal case, once you are charged with a crime the court will place you on a set of bond conditions you must abide by if you wish to remain out of custody.
The sooner you call us the better. It is imperative to have a seasoned Fort Worth sexual assault defense lawyer in your corner. In a perfect world, you will call a defense lawyer before you call back a detective. A common ruse employed by detectives is for them to call you and invite you down to give “your side of the story” at a location like Alliance for Children. Make no mistake, while it is true that you will walk out of that meeting a free man or woman, understand that an arrest is imminent. It is crucially important to call an experienced sexual assault defense lawyer as soon as you can before or after a detective has contacted you. While avoiding an arrest may not be possible in every instance, there are instances where our defense lawyers have prevented arrests, negotiated self-surrenders, assisted in getting bonds, won the case at the grand jury level, and taken others to trial.
The road defending an allegation of sexual misconduct, rape, or any form of sexual misconduct can be a long one. If you have or live with children, expect their lives will be disrupted by CPS. During the investigative phase, it is essential to have a defense lawyer represent you before you even consider having a conversation with a detective or an investigator. If a case is filed, understand that you will have to abide by bond conditions even though you have not been found guilty of an offense. You will have to make a bond, which may be set extremely high. You may have to change your residence. All of this will be happening while you are working with us on the defense of your case. Our sexual assault defense lawyers are experienced in defending individuals throughout the process and are extremely skilled at taking cases to trial should the need arise. Come by our office and visit us to learn more about how we are different. We are the only criminal defense firm in Fort Worth with a mock courtroom where we prepare you for trial. Call us today to speak to one of our defense attorneys today.
We put a lot of thought and prayer into picking an attorney. We read a lot of reviews in our search for the best firm. Varghese Summersett was an answered prayer. The team is extremely dedicated, hard working, and will really push for justice. We had a case that was unlike any other and we were in a tough place. It is very difficult, as you know, to place all your hope on a team you do not know. I urge you to read their reviews and move forward as we did. Anna and Benson worked closely with us but most of all worked diligently for us. Trust them. You won’t be disappointed!
A. Reynolds(Former Client)
Call us to find out why time is of the essence and what our sexual assault defense attorneys can do to 1) try to prevent a case from being filed, 2) prevent the case from being indicted, and 3) complete our own investigation to put you in the best possible position for a dismissal, no-bill, or reduction.
If you have been accused of rape or another sexual offense, you can’t settle for anything other than the best possible defense and outcome for your situation. Hire the defense firm that brings over three decades of experience to the table and handles your case with the discretion and seriousness the allegations require.
Being accused of sexual assault can be overwhelming. You don’t have to go this alone. Our defense lawyers have decades of experience and a proven track record of success. We are known for our aggressive, proactive approach to criminal defense. The stakes are too high to leave anything to chance. Call our Fort Worth sexual assault defense lawyers today for help.