Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Sex Offenses and Murder
The criminal charges listed are some of the most serious charges an individual can face. Not only does getting charged with said crimes carry a deep social stigma but you can also expect the prosecutors to pursue such cases vigorously. Therefore, it is imperative for an individual to engage the services of an experienced Houston criminal attorney such as Joaquin Jimenez.
Houston Aggravated Assault Charges
Aggravated Assault Laws in Houston
Houston Aggravated Assault Penalties
Aside from ascertaining the elements of Assault are present in the offense, the cornerstone of an Aggravated Assault charge is establishing serious bodily injury or the involvement of a deadly weapon.
As mentioned above, Aggravated Assault is a second-degree felony and carries with it a prison sentence from 2 to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. However, in some cases, the Aggravated Assault can be bumped up to a first-degree felony with a prison sentence of 5 to 99 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
Houston Kidnapping Charges
Kidnapping Laws in Houston
Houston Kidnapping Penalties
Kidnapping, on the other hand, uses the term abduction, which is the act of hiding or a person in a place where he is not likely to be found. Violence is also typically employed to prevent the victim from escaping or rescue.
Houston Sex Offenses Charges
Sex Offenses Laws in Houston
Houston Sex Offenses Penalties
There is a long list of crimes considered as Sex Offenses under Texas law. Most of these sex crimes are considered felonies, ranging from state jail felony up to first-degree felony, and as such carry steep fines and significant prison time. Additionally, a person convicted of a Sex Offense is required to register in the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program. Failing to register as a sex offender is also considered a felony.
Sex Crimes such as Sexual Assault, Indecency with a Child, and Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, are all felony Sex Offenses, while acts such as public lewdness or indecent exposure classify as misdemeanors. Aside from jail time and fines, individuals convicted of Sex Crimes are required to register as sex offenders.
Houston Murder Charges
Murder Laws in Houston
There are aggravating circumstances that can enhance the murder charge into a Capital Murder, which are:
Murder occurs during a robbery, sexual assault, or kidnapping
Murder occurs while defendant is escaping from jail or prison
Victim of the murder is under 10 years old.
Victim is a fireman, police officer, or judge.
Multiple murders during a criminal act.
Houston Murder Penalties
Houston Criminal Lawyer That Will Fight For You
Joaquin Jimenez treats all of his clients with compassion and unbiased open mindedness because he believes everyone deserves to have a fighting chance in a court of law. He is committed to protecting and advocating for the rights of the accused and their access to competent legal representation. Let Joaquin Jimenez fight for you. Call us now for a consultation.