SB 194 – Creates a new Class A misdemeanor offense called “indecent assault,” which refers to touching someone in a sexual manner without consent.
SB 1259 – If a health service provider uses “human reproductive material from a donor knowing that the other person had not expressly consented to the use of material from that donor,” it is considered sexual assault.
HB 8 – The statute of limitations doesn’t apply to sexual assault cases where rape-kit samples are collected and has yet to undergo forensic testing. Beginning in 2021, DNA samples from sexual assault cases must be tested within a 90-day period.
HB 3106 – Sexual assault investigations must now be included in an FBI database.
HB 667 – Enhances the punishment for the offense of incestuous sexual assault up to 99 years in prison.
HB 902 – Assault of a pregnant woman now carries a tougher penalty if the attacker knew the victim was pregnant.
This law was spurred by a backlog of rape-kit testing. Now kits must be analyzed within 90 days. And if a kit is involved in a felony case, the evidence must be preserved for at least 40 years or until the statute of limitations expires.
Now, after months of coronavirus stay-at-home orders, more sexual and domestic assaults are being reported throughout Texas.
For example, in Austin, SAFE Alliance has seen a 16 percent increase in domestic violence call volume over the past two months. And Austin Police took 670 reports of domestic violence from March 13 to April 20.
Always ask for a lawyer when you’re accused of assault charges of any kind. Then call on the lawyers at Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl.
We have decades of experience defending clients accused of assault with great success. Choosing an experienced, aggressive lawyer to protect your reputation and liberty is of the utmost importance when dealing with assault charges. Feel free to call our office and set up a free consultation.