Houston Rape Attorney

Protecting Your Rights and Reputation After a Rape Charge — Houston, Galveston, League City, Texas

There are few crimes that carry as much of a negative (and permanent) social stigma as rape. Even murder–which can lead to the death penalty in Texas–often does not emotionally charge a community in the same way as sexual assault, particularly when the accuser is a child. As a result, people facing rape accusations often have to overcome an unusually high level of media and public backlash just to get a fair trial.

Faced with a rape charge, many people incorrectly assume they just need to “tell their side of the story” to the police or the media. But the reality is, once the police have you under investigation, the best thing you can do is assert your constitutional rights, both to remain silent and work with an experienced Houston rape defense attorney who has dealt with this situation before. At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, attorney Tad Nelson and his experienced criminal defense team are proud to provide forceful, aggressive representation for people accused of rape in the Houston, Galveston, and League City areas.

As a former prosecutor himself, attorney Tad Nelson knows how local district attorneys build their rape cases. More importantly, he understands how to contest weak allegations based on faulty or non-existent physical evidence and non-credible witness testimony. Indeed, false allegations of sexual misconduct are more common than you might think. We know how to thoroughly investigate a sexual assault case–including the accuser’s background–and prepare a thorough defense. Ideally, we can expose a false accusation early and convince the district attorney to drop the charges before making you and your family face the trauma of a public trial.

Dealing With Allegations of Rape, Statutory Rape & Date Rape

In Texas, rape is legally classified as sexual assault, which is defined in Section 22.011 of the Penal Code as intentionally or knowingly causing the “penetration” of another person’s sexual “anus or sexual organ” without their consent. Sexual assault also covers oral sex, i.e. penetrating the mouth with a sexual organ. Rape is generally tried as a second-degree felony for a first offense.

There are other terms you that may hear in connection with sexual assault, such as “date rape” or “statutory rape.” The former often refers to cases where a person is accused of administering a drug or other substance designed to “control the other person’s conduct.” The latter, statutory rape, means having sex with someone who is legally deemed too young to consent. In Texas, the age of consent is 17, although it may be a defense if the accused and the victim were not more than 3 years apart in age at the time of the alleged offense.

This is just one example of how rape laws in Texas are more complex than you might initially assume. It also emphasizes the importance of working with a rape defense lawyer who has an intimate understanding of these laws and can leverage them on your behalf. If you are accused of, or under investigation for, rape or any other sex crime, the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates can help. Contact us today at (281) 962-7679 if you need to speak with a criminal defense attorney right away.

*The Texas Board of Legal Specialization certifies attorneys in 20 specific areas of law; certification in any of these areas requires substantial demonstrated experience and skill, positive peer evaluations, ongoing legal education commitments, and the passage of a rigorous test.