January 19, 2024
According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, 98.8% of convicted sex offenders will serve jail time, with their average sentence served being about 16 years (191 months). If the sex offender committed a rape, the average sentence served nationwide was 14-15 years. About 1/5 of rapes committed had mandatory sentencing minimums. If a mandatory minimum was involved, the average time served for rape in the US is 26.5 years. Without a mandatory minimum, the average time served for rape is less than half of that (12 years). A statutory rape conviction typically results in 2.5 years of incarceration.
Whether you have been accused of child molestation or are a victim of it, you may be curious about the jail time involved. Texas is known for its tough stance against sex offenders, particularly those who victimize young people. Child molestation is a felony, which means prison time is always possible.
If you are charged with this type of offense, seek representation from a Williamson County sex crimes defense lawyer right away.
There are a variety of crimes in Texas that can be considered “child molestation,” such as:
Child pornography and sexting with a minor might also be considered to fall under the umbrella of “child molestation” by some.
Note that if the perpetrator also physically assaulted the child (punching, slapping, kicking, using a weapon), penalties can be more serious. Many of the crimes listed above have penalties from 2-20 years in jail plus fines up to $10,000.
However, the most serious of these child molestation crimes, like Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (i.e., rape of a minor) and Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child (only two instances required), can yield a life sentence. The sentence for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child, if the victim was 0-13 years old, is a minimum of 25 years in prison up to a life sentence with no option for parole.
In addition to being incarcerated, a convicted child molester can expect many other repercussions, such as:
Scott Magee is an experienced, compassionate, and professional Williamson County, TX, child molestation defense attorney. If you are facing decades in prison, please contact us right away. We have handled many cases like yours. Contact us as soon as possible to schedule a free case evaluation.
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