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Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault2021-07-15T17:08:59-05:00

Sexual Assault Attorneys in Chattanooga TN

Being under investigation or arrested for sexual assault or another sex offense can be life-changing.

Even if the charge is dismissed, your reputation can be tarnished forever. If the claim is false or exaggerated, much of the damage is already done.

If you are convicted, penalties are likely to include prison time and possible lifetime registration on the sex offender registry.

Because of the harsh consequences associated with sexual offenses, you need a strong and effective advocate on your side as soon as you are arrested.

Serious representation in sexual offense cases

If you have been contacted by the police or an investigator, do not speak with them without the advice of an attorney. Doing so may place you at great risk.

An experienced sexual assault attorney will get to work immediately to limit the damage.

We start by trying to prevent charges from being filed or getting the case dismissed. If that’s not possible, we will attempt to minimize the media fallout and build a strong defense in preparation for a trial.

Either way, we aim to protect your reputation and to clear your name if you have been wrongly accused of sexual assault or another sex crime.

At Houston & Alexander, PLLC, our sex crime attorneys have the necessary experience, legal knowledge and skills to successfully fight the charges against you.

Johnny Houston and Bret Alexander are experienced criminal defense lawyers who are used to aggressively defending people accused of sex crimes.

We can defend you if you are based in eastern Tennessee or northern Georgia and are falsely accused of any type of sex crimes

Types of sex crimes in Tennessee

Sexual Assault Defense Attorney in Chatanooga TennesseeMost commonly, we defend clients accused of the following types of sex crimes:

Sexual battery

Sexual battery is unlawful sexual contact, when force, coercion or fraud is used or when the victim does not give consent (and the defendant is aware of this).

Sexual battery charges could also be filed in cases where a mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless individual is involved.

Sexual battery by an authority figure

When the defendant in a sexual battery case was, at the time of the incident, in a position of trust, or had supervisory power over the victim due to legal, professional or occupational status, the charge is more serious.

This charge may also be filed if the victim was between 13 and 18 years of age or if the defendant had parental or custodial authority over the victim.

Aggravated sexual battery

Aggravated sexual battery is unlawful sexual contact with a victim when force or coercion is used and the defendant is armed with a weapon, causes bodily injury, or is aided or abetted by one or more other persons.

It also includes crimes where the defendant is aware that the victim is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless or the victim is less than thirteen (13) years of age.

Rape

Rape is the unlawful sexual penetration of a victim when either force or coercion is used, no consent is given, the victim is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless, or the sexual penetration is accomplished by fraud.

Statutory rape

In Tennessee, statutory rape is the unlawful sexual penetration of a victim who is between 13 and 15 years of age and the defendant is at least four years but less than 10 years older than the victim.

Aggravated statutory rape is when the victim is between 13 and 18 years of age and the defendant is at least ten (10) years older than the victim.

Statutory rape by an authority figure

Statutory rape by an authority figure is when the defendant was, at the time of the incident, in a position of trust, or had supervisory power over the victim due to legal, professional or occupational status. This charge is more serious than standard statutory rape.

This charge may also be filed if the defendant had parental or custodial authority over the victim.

Incest

Incest is when a person engages in sexual penetration with another person who is known to be their natural parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, stepparent, stepchild, adoptive parent, adoptive child; or the person’s brother (whole/half-blood or by adoption).

There are many other types of sex crime charges in Tennessee – including internet-based crimes. In almost every case, potential harsh penalties result and serious representation from an experienced sex crime attorney is required.

Sexual Assault Criminal Defense Attorneys in Chattanooga Tennessee

Looking for a sexual assault lawyer in Chattanooga, TN?

If you’ve been charged with a sex crime, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced attorney immediately.
Call (423) 267-6715 or request a free case evaluation today.

Penalties for sexual offenses in Tennessee

The penalties for the offenses described above are as follows:

Sexual battery

Sexual battery is a Class E felony:

  • From one year up to six years in prison
  • A fine of up to $3,000

Sexual battery by an authority figure

Sexual battery by an authority figure is a Class C felony

  • From three years up to 15 years in prison
  • A fine of up to $10,000

Aggravated sexual battery

Aggravated sexual battery is a Class B felony:

  • From eight years up to 30 years in prison
  • A fine of up to $25,000

Rape

Rape is a Class B felony:

  • From eight years up to 30 years in prison
  • A fine of up to $25,000

Statutory rape by an authority figure

Statutory rape by an authority figure is a Class C felony.

  • From three years up to 15 years in prison
  • A fine of up to $10,000

Statutory rape

Statutory rape is a Class E felony:

  • From one year up to six years in prison
  • A fine of up to $3,000

Incest

Incest is a Class C felony:

  • From three years up to 15 years in prison
  • A fine of up to $10,000

In some cases of the above crimes, a person found guilty is not eligible for probation or judicial diversion.

Additionally, the law in Tennessee states that all convicted sex offenders must register with the state’s law enforcement agency within 48 hours of release from jail or parole. The duration of registration depends on the nature of the offense.

This makes it essential to hire an experienced sex crime lawyer to fight for your rights and freedoms.

Defending your rights and freedom

At Houston & Alexander, we are ready to be involved in your defense at the start of the criminal charge process.

If we are called early on, we can listen to your version of events, examine the evidence against you, and assist with responding to police questioning. By presenting evidence to the police or prosecutor, we may be able to prevent charges from being filed.

This is the best solution because you are spared the stigma of a criminal sex charge. If you are charged, we can assist with the bail process and start working on your defense. It is, however, only an option if you contact us early in your case.

If you are prosecuted, we will aggressively represent you and work to build a strong case that protects your rights, preserves your freedom, and obtains the best possible outcome for you – even if it goes to trial.

Looking for a sex crime attorney in Chattanooga?

Unfounded or exaggerated accusations can ruin your life.

Protect yourself with a criminal defense team experienced in such cases, familiar with the local court system, and committed to achieving the best possible outcome.

If you have been accused or arrested on suspicion of a sex crime in eastern Tennessee or northern Georgia, contact the Chattanooga office of Houston & Alexander, PLL for a free initial consultation.

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TESTIMONIALS

The moment finally came when I saw Jay walk down the stairs in the court room, he flashed me a thumbs up and I knew... I knew I won. If you need a lawyer do not hesitate to call Houston & Alexander. There is no one that will represent you better anywhere in Chattanooga. I wholeheartedly give them five stars. - Antonio
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUIs and other charges. I was not sure where to turn and called Houston and Alexander. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence net result was I was able to keep my family together. -Colleen
We've been clients of Houston & Alexander for three years, with Bret Alexander representing us during that time. I can't speak highly enough of his integrity, professionalism, and his dedication to our legal needs. We are so grateful for his guidance and effectiveness through such a difficult time. He's an attorney you can trust and depend on to do the right thing. We are sincerely so grateful. Thank You! - Trish
I am a Desert Storm veteran and found myself in need of legal counsel. Everyone from the receptionist to the attorney himself treated me with the utmost respect and dignity. I found them to be knowledgeable and most helpful. I would recommend Houston and Alexander for all your legal needs. Thank you for all of your help. - C Pugh
I won't go into specifics because they are very embarrassing for my family. But if you have a daughter who has been criminally charged with a serious charge, Johnny Houston should be your go-to gentleman. Because of his hard work, and diligence in our case, we can once again hold our heads High and consider this a lesson learned. Thank you Johnny Houston from the bottom of our hearts! -Karen A.
My son made a couple of mistakes and was faced with having a criminal record. Mr. Houston stepped in and provided us with excellent representation. My son will NOT have a record now and is looking forward to the future. I also can't say enough about the staff at Houston & Alexander. Always responsive and informative and really went the extra mile. I cannot recommend them enough! - Alice
Due the stress of this pandemic and the loss of employment, my wife and I got into an argument and I ended up getting arrested and charged with domestic violence. I could not go home, could not have any contact with my wife and had no place to live. An elected official/friend referred me to Johnny Houston and his law firm. Due to Johnny's efforts, not only did we get into court quickly, but all charges were dismissed. We are back together now and I am getting this expunged. Thank you, Johnny! - Client
I had too much to drink one night and backed into another car. I was charged with second offense DUI and felony reckless endangerment. I was at a real low point in my life and my husband had recently passed away. Johnny was able to get the felonies dismissed and I pled guilty to a first offense. Instead of facing significant jail time and a felony, I did a few days in jail and wore an alcohol monitor. Johnny was able to humanize me with the DA and I was able to get my life back on track again. Great law firm! You would be crazy to go anywhere else. - Karen M.
I am a college student. I was involved in a wreck and was charged with DUI and leaving the scene. I thought I was ok to drive but my blood result said otherwise. A DUI conviction would have really hurt my chances of getting a good job. Johnny and Bret told me I had a difficult case and the only guarantee they gave was that they would work hard for me. They NEVER gave up on my case and ultimately persuaded the arresting officer and the DA to reduce the charge. If YOU need help on a DUI or any other case, call them! These men are not only hard working but kind. - Kate
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUI and other charges. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence. I kept my house and my family intact! I have turned my life around and things are great! Johnny did not forget about me once the case was over, either. I needed some additional help with my license and Johnny jumped right on it. - Colleen
Johnny and Bret took my case and treated me like a person, not a number. I was looking at a long prison sentence (10+ years). These guys stepped in, calmed me down, and told me that they were going to be there for me. When you first walk in their office, you have that at home feeling. With Mrs. Wanda, a very welcoming atmosphere. They really treat you like family here. I would recommend Mr. Houston and Mr. Alexander to anyone who needs their service. You will not go wrong with these guys. THEY KNOW THE LAW!!!! - WARDELL
We were from out of town and had no friends or family in the area. Things got out of control and the next morning we were arrested and charged with Felonies. In my opinion, we were over charged. We called Johny and he agreed to meet with us right away. Johnny was attentive and listened. Facing possible jail time and the loss of my husband,s job we were terrified. Johnny literally rescued us! He took the lead, met with the DA and the alleged victim, and really smoothed things over. Johnny was confident and appeared to get along well with the Prosecutors and Judges. We were very fortunate to find Johnny. - Tana

TESTIMONIALS

The moment finally came when I saw Jay walk down the stairs in the court room, he flashed me a thumbs up and I knew... I knew I won. If you need a lawyer do not hesitate to call Houston & Alexander. There is no one that will represent you better anywhere in Chattanooga. I wholeheartedly give them five stars. - Antonio
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUIs and other charges. I was not sure where to turn and called Houston and Alexander. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence net result was I was able to keep my family together. -Colleen
We've been clients of Houston & Alexander for three years, with Bret Alexander representing us during that time. I can't speak highly enough of his integrity, professionalism, and his dedication to our legal needs. We are so grateful for his guidance and effectiveness through such a difficult time. He's an attorney you can trust and depend on to do the right thing. We are sincerely so grateful. Thank You! - Trish
I am a Desert Storm veteran and found myself in need of legal counsel. Everyone from the receptionist to the attorney himself treated me with the utmost respect and dignity. I found them to be knowledgeable and most helpful. I would recommend Houston and Alexander for all your legal needs. Thank you for all of your help. - C Pugh
I won't go into specifics because they are very embarrassing for my family. But if you have a daughter who has been criminally charged with a serious charge, Johnny Houston should be your go-to gentleman. Because of his hard work, and diligence in our case, we can once again hold our heads High and consider this a lesson learned. Thank you Johnny Houston from the bottom of our hearts! -Karen A.
My son made a couple of mistakes and was faced with having a criminal record. Mr. Houston stepped in and provided us with excellent representation. My son will NOT have a record now and is looking forward to the future. I also can't say enough about the staff at Houston & Alexander. Always responsive and informative and really went the extra mile. I cannot recommend them enough! - Alice
Due the stress of this pandemic and the loss of employment, my wife and I got into an argument and I ended up getting arrested and charged with domestic violence. I could not go home, could not have any contact with my wife and had no place to live. An elected official/friend referred me to Johnny Houston and his law firm. Due to Johnny's efforts, not only did we get into court quickly, but all charges were dismissed. We are back together now and I am getting this expunged. Thank you, Johnny! - Client
I had too much to drink one night and backed into another car. I was charged with second offense DUI and felony reckless endangerment. I was at a real low point in my life and my husband had recently passed away. Johnny was able to get the felonies dismissed and I pled guilty to a first offense. Instead of facing significant jail time and a felony, I did a few days in jail and wore an alcohol monitor. Johnny was able to humanize me with the DA and I was able to get my life back on track again. Great law firm! You would be crazy to go anywhere else. - Karen M.
I am a college student. I was involved in a wreck and was charged with DUI and leaving the scene. I thought I was ok to drive but my blood result said otherwise. A DUI conviction would have really hurt my chances of getting a good job. Johnny and Bret told me I had a difficult case and the only guarantee they gave was that they would work hard for me. They NEVER gave up on my case and ultimately persuaded the arresting officer and the DA to reduce the charge. If YOU need help on a DUI or any other case, call them! These men are not only hard working but kind. - Kate
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUI and other charges. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence. I kept my house and my family intact! I have turned my life around and things are great! Johnny did not forget about me once the case was over, either. I needed some additional help with my license and Johnny jumped right on it. - Colleen
Johnny and Bret took my case and treated me like a person, not a number. I was looking at a long prison sentence (10+ years). These guys stepped in, calmed me down, and told me that they were going to be there for me. When you first walk in their office, you have that at home feeling. With Mrs. Wanda, a very welcoming atmosphere. They really treat you like family here. I would recommend Mr. Houston and Mr. Alexander to anyone who needs their service. You will not go wrong with these guys. THEY KNOW THE LAW!!!! - WARDELL
We were from out of town and had no friends or family in the area. Things got out of control and the next morning we were arrested and charged with Felonies. In my opinion, we were over charged. We called Johny and he agreed to meet with us right away. Johnny was attentive and listened. Facing possible jail time and the loss of my husband,s job we were terrified. Johnny literally rescued us! He took the lead, met with the DA and the alleged victim, and really smoothed things over. Johnny was confident and appeared to get along well with the Prosecutors and Judges. We were very fortunate to find Johnny. - Tana

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