Date Rape: What It Is and How You Can Be Charged

Date Rape: What It Is and How You Can Be Charged

Different states define the act of rape with various legal terms and in Texas, it is known as sexual assault. The term “date rape” refers to a sexual assault committed by a person that is involved in or potentially involved in a relationship with the victim. Legally, a conviction for cases of sexual assault of any kind, including date rape, typically centers on discussions of consent. If a victim did not give consent or was unable to consent to sexual contact, the act may be charged as rape, regardless of the type of relationship between two people.

What Is Date Rape?

The term “date” rape may carry the connotation that it is somehow in a separate category or less severe than other cases of sexual assault. Make no mistake, sexual assault of any kind is an extremely serious criminal offense and in Texas can be punishable by decades in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. This misconception often arises out of a lack of understanding as to the legal definition of rape.

Under Texas law, the following acts may be charged as sexual assault:

  1. Penetration or intercourse without consent
  2. Forcible sexual contact or abuse
  3. Sexual intercourse while a person is unable to consent
  4. Sexual contact with a minor under the age of 17

Cases of date rape often include attempts to reduce or eliminate a victim’s ability to properly withhold or give consent such as when under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime, charges may be elevated to that of aggravated sexual assault. For example, crimes that involve the use of date-rape drugs such as Rohypnol, or “roofies”, can often increase the severity of charges against a defendant. Every case will contain unique factors and questions about the specifics of your case can be addressed by a qualified attorney.

What to Do If You Are Facing Charges

If you or someone you know has been charged with sexual assault or date rape, do not take any action until you contact an attorney. At the Law Office of Samuel R. Terry, you will work with an attorney who understands the social and legal aspects around cases of sexual assault and who can work tirelessly to defend your freedom and clear your name. The social stigma against violent and sexual crimes can mean that an accusation alone can damage a person’s reputation. When your future is on the line, speak to the firm’s Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer about your legal options.

There is no time to waste. Call (817) 756-1817 and Schedule a free consultation today.

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