Sexual Assault Lawyer
According to RAINN, someone in America is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds. A child is sexually assaulted every 9 minutes.
Survivors of rape and sexual assault can turn to the Law Firm of Roger 'Rocky' Walton, P.C. for sound, compassionate legal representation.
Our Arlington, TX, law firm can hold perpetrators of these crimes accountable in civil lawsuits.
Legal Options for Sexual Assault Survivors
In addition to criminal charges filed against the perpetrator, it's possible to file a civil case to seek damages. A lawyer can help you pursue these damages from the perpetrator or from third parties whose negligence contributed to the sexual assault. The damages can help survivors heal, covering immediate financial needs as well as future medical and mental health services.
Statute of Limitations Time Limits for Criminal Charges and Civil Lawsuits
A statute of limitations is a set amount of time in which a criminal charge or civil action may be filed against someone. If the statute of limitations has expired, criminal charges or a civil lawsuit may not be filed.
Adult Sexual Abuse
In the state of Texas, there is a 10-year statute of limitations to file criminal charges against the perpetrator of a sexual crime when the victim is 18 years old and older. Texas has no criminal statute of limitations in cases of aggravated sexual assault if DNA evidence is present.
There is a separate statute of limitations that applies to civil lawsuits against perpetrators of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse. For crimes in which the victim is 18 years old and older, the civil statute of limitations is five years from the date of the offense.
Child Sexual Assault
If the crime was committed against a minor who cannot legally consent (age 16 or younger), there is a 30-year statute of limitations beginning on the victim's 18th birthday. Texas has no statute of limitations for the aggravated sexual assault or continuous sexual abuse of a child.
The civil statute of limitations for sexual assault of a minor is anywhere from 10-20 years from the date of the victim's 18th birthday. The exact time limit depends on the nature of the crime.
Protecting Your Privacy Our Commitment to Survivors
Survivors of rape and sexual assault have a right to privacy under Texas state law in both criminal and civil cases. Their identity and communications with an attorney cannot be disclosed unless authorized by the survivor or a legal guardian. This anonymity protects survivors from unwanted scrutiny, allowing them to come forward in search of justice and restitution.
The Law Firm of Roger 'Rocky' Walton, P.C. takes the privacy of all clients seriously. We will ensure that your name is not released to the public and that attorney communications remain confidential. By remaining anonymous, you and your loved ones can recover and move forward with your lives.
We Are Here to Listen and Help Contact a Sexual Assault Lawyer Serving Grand Prairie and Fort Worth
Sexual assault survivors and their families need a compassionate attorney who understands Texas state law and the importance of privacy and empathy. Roger "Rocky" Walton wants you to know that you are not alone. Our law firm stands with survivors of rape and sexual assault. We can help you seek compensation from the perpetrator as well as negligent third parties who allowed the crime to happen.
Rocky Walton offers free consultations so you can receive a professional evaluation of your case without financial obligation. Since our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us any legal fees unless we can settle your case or secure a jury award.
If you live in the Arlington, Fort Worth, or Grand Prairie areas and need to speak with a sexual assault attorney, we are ready to listen. Contact our lawyers online, or call our law firm to set up a free consultation.
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Compassionate Legal Representation in Texas Helping Clients in Greater Arlington and Fort Worth
Rocky and his team were incredible! They helped me to overcome one of the biggest challenges I have faced, and were able to advocate effectively on my behalf. Rocky and his team of competent, professional, and caring legal minds helped to educate me about each step of the legal process, and kept in touch as things developed, which helped to foster a collaborative environment.View on Google
I can not express the level of gratitude for this law firm. From the first moment I met everyone I’d be dealing with I felt like I was in good hands. I never had any problems reaching out to anyone with questions, and always received a timely reply. Everything they did was documented and emailed to me, so I always knew exactly what was going on with my case. Everyone was great, and I will always recommend this law firm to anyone who needs them.View on Google
Institutional Sexual Abuse
Our Arlington attorneys don't just hold individuals accountable. A sexual assault attorney can also hold organizations or institutions accountable if they allowed sexual abuse or assault to happen. The same is true if an institution attempted to cover up these crimes.
Holding Third Parties Accountable
In many cases, the sexual assault perpetrator does not have the assets to pay a civil judgment. Insurance policies covering the assailant rarely apply since intentional and criminal acts are normally excluded from coverage. This is why the facility that employed the sexual predator is often included in the civil claim.
Institutional sexual abuse could involve various organizations, including:
- Religious institutions
- Businesses and corporations
- Daycares and schools
- Colleges and universities
- Healthcare facilities
- Assisted-living facilities/nursing homes
- Correctional facilities
- Youth organizations
Why You Need a Skilled Lawyer
Many of these institutions have their own teams of attorneys in place. Rocky Walton is not intimidated by an organization's high-powered attorneys. His focus as a sexual assault lawyer is holding all parties accountable for the harm they've done or allowed to happen.
Examples of Institutional Liability in Sexual Assault Cases
- Failure to perform adequate background investigations of staff and employees
- Hiring or retention of a sexual predator after illegal behavior or warning signs of indecency
- Lack of supervision, security, or oversight that would protect people from sexual assault
- Inadequate training of employees to recognize warning signs of potential sexual assault
- Lack of guidelines or enforcement of guidelines to prevent sexual assault
- Failure to investigate sexual assault allegations
- Transfer of a sexual predator to another position despite allegations
- Creating an atmosphere of tolerance and protection for sexual predators
Legal Damages in a Civil Case
Whether the crime occurred when you were a child or an adult, rape and sexual assault can have lasting effects on your physical and mental health. That's why it is important to discuss your case with a lawyer to determine if a civil lawsuit is worth pursuing in addition to criminal prosecution. Financial compensation can help you and your loved ones address the long-term effects of what occurred.
Compensatory damages refer to the financial and material losses linked to the incident. This includes expenses such as medical bills, counseling and therapy, and loss of earnings. By working with a lawyer from our Arlington law firm, we can help identify current and future losses that stem from the trauma you experienced.
Punitive damages are not linked to financial losses. Instead, these damages are intended to punish the assailant or liable third parties for what transpired. A lawyer can convey to the jury the severity of what occurred as well as the gross negligence of an organization that failed to prevent the crime from happening.
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An Arlington Lawyer Who Stands with Survivors
5 star service!! I met with several attorneys before picking Rocky Walton. From the very first meeting I knew he was the one for me and my two young boys! He has the BEST team working for him and essentially for me. Every aspect of the process was explained and throughly organized! I don't know any attorneys that would keep you in the loop on everything, BUT they do and that's an amazing quality they have as a company! I am so grateful that I was able use there services! I HIGHLY recommend them and already have!! Thanks Rocky and Ron for all your help!View on Google
Now I can see why there are so many positive testimonials about this law firm. I highly recommend this law firm. I cannot Thank Rocky enough for the time he has invested in my case. His staff is amazing, they go over and beyond for their clients. All the family appreciates everything they have done for us. If ever I'm in any kind of situation, this is who I'm calling. Thank you again, Have a blessed dayView on Google