Increased Penalties for Groping in Texas
Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Friday that increases the penalty for Groping to jail time up to one year and a fine up to $4,000. The new crime is now called Indecent Assault and applies to any touching of the breast, buttocks, or genitals done with the intent to arouse or gratify the offender.
Prosecutions for this type of criminal offense are on the increase nation wide. Cuba Gooding Jr. Was recently charged with groping a woman in a Manhattan bar. The Texas bill passed without opposition and is further evidence the Me Too movement is having on the criminal justice system. After September police can arrest individuals if they believe there is probable cause that an Indecent Assault has occurred.
What type of evidence will we see to prove a groping offense? Primarily the complaining witness’s testimony and any other eye witnesses who may have seen the touching. There may also be video evidence available with the increase of security cameras in public places.
A class A misdemeanor carries serious consequences. Jail time up to one year or probation that can extend up to two years. A conviction for Indecent Assault can have serious consequences on a persons life. If you find yourself charged with a Groping offense seek the advice of an experienced criminal attorney right away.