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Collin County Date Rape Defense Lawyer

Collin County Criminal Defense Attorneys Assisting Clients Charged with Date Rape

Have you been charged with date rape? Date rape allegations are often false, and many residents of Collin County can find themselves facing date rape charges. You do not want to face the consequences of a date rape conviction. Not only can you face a term of imprisonment if convicted, but you will also be required to register as a sex offender regardless of where you live. Do not hesitate to reach out to a Collin County sexual assault lawyer to get started on your defense.

What Crimes Can Be Charged As Date Rape?

There is no specific offense of date rape under Texas law, but Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code includes a number of assaultive offenses that can be charged in Collin County when a person alleges date rape.

One of the most commonly charged offenses for date rape is sexual assault under Texas Penal Code Section 22.011. A person can be charged with sexual assault in a date rape situation if that person intentionally or knowingly does any of the following:

  • Causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of another person without consent;
  • Causes the penetration of the mouth of another person by the sexual organ of the actor without consent; and
  • Causes the sexual organ of another person, without consent, to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person (including the actor).

How does the statute define consent? Under the statute, a sexual assault occurs without consent in many different situations, including the following:

  • Actor compels the other person to submit or participate by physical force or violence;
  • Actor compels the other person to submit or participate by threatening physical force or violence;
  • Other person has not consented and is unconscious or physically unable to resist;
  • Other person is incapable of appraising the nature of the sexual act or resisting it as a result of mental disease or defect, and the actor knows that;
  • Other person has not consented and actor knows the other person is unaware that the sexual assault is occurring; and
  • Actor has intentionally impaired the other person’s power to appraise or control the situation by administering a substance without the other person’s knowledge (such as a drug).

In date rape allegations, the complainant often alleges that the defendant administered a “date rape” drug, thereby impairing the complainant’s ability to properly appraise or control the situation. It is also important to note that date rape allegations can also be charged as aggravated sexual assault in certain circumstances, such as when the defendant allegedly used a deadly weapon or attempted to cause serious bodily injury to the complainant.

Contact a Collin County Date Rape Defense Lawyer

As you can see, there are many situations in which a person can be charged with date rape. In many cases, these allegations are false. It is important to get started on your defense as soon as possible. A Collin County sex crimes attorney can get to work on your case today. Contact Rosenthal & Wadas to learn more about how we can assist you.