It is never a laughing matter when one is accused of a crime. The potential consequences of a conviction can be huge and include prison time, large fines and damage to reputation. This is why it is imperative to treat any accusation with the seriousness required, and to present a vigorous defense in order to obtain a reduction or dismissal of the charges.
One category of crimes in the state of Texas that is particularly hard on a person's reputation is sex offenses. One 25-year-old-man from College Station is currently facing the potential consequences of sex crime accusations. The man was arrested by Texas A&M police on Wednesday, November 27th on a sexual assault charge. His bail was set at $75,000.
A Texas A&M student reported to authorities that she arranged to meet the man after communicating with him online. After the two met at a local restaurant, the man allegedly asked the student if they could return to her dorm room so he could charge his phone. According to the student, the man then sexually assaulted her.
A sexual assault conviction can lead to not only prison time but also substantial trouble with future job searches, apartment rentals and child custody issues. The State of Texas' sex offender registry provides a list of offenders to the public. This list is meant to be used for purposes of safety warnings. However, what it unfortunately leads to is increased difficulty for convicted individuals to return to society after serving a sentence.
When one is accused of a sex crime in Texas, it is imperative to obtain vigorous representation. Fighting accusations with proper defenses can mean a reduction in charges, plea negotiation and more.
Source: The Eagle, "Man arrested in sexual assault reported on campus," Eagle staff report, November 30, 2013.