Offering Strategic Legal Advice for Sex Crimes Cases
Being charged with a crime of any kind is a stressful experience. But when you’re arrested for a sex crime, the stigma surrounding your case can lead to even more penalties than hefty fines and prison time. Certain sex crime convictions can affect your professional and personal reputation, making it difficult to find jobs or form lasting relationships. Fortunately, with a criminal defense attorney on your side, you can fight for your rights and defend yourself to reduce or remove the penalties you are facing.
Our team at Flanary Law Firm, PLLC, understands just how important it is to build a strong defense in any sex crime case. Our extensive experience allows us to draw on our knowledge to gather evidence on your behalf and negotiate with prosecutors. If you have been accused of a sex crime, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. Contact our law office today by calling (210) 738-8383 for a free consultation.
What is the Definition of a Sexual Offense in Texas?
In Texas and most other states, a sexual offense is any crime involving sexual acts or indecent contact with another person. This can include non-consensual sexual intercourse, rape, indecency with a child, sexual assault, possession or distribution of child pornography, solicitation of a minor, and prostitution. Sexual crimes are taken very seriously, and convictions often come with severe punishments like fines and extended sentences in jail. Any convictions of sex crimes will stay on your permanent record, leading to difficulties finding employment or housing down the line. If you are facing criminal charges, reach out to our team today.
What Kind of Sexual Offenses Can an Attorney Help With?
Our team of defense attorneys can defend you in any case involving a sexual act. With our combined decades of experience, we know how to handle even the most complex sex crime cases.
Below are just some of the sex crime cases we have experience in:
- Sexual assault and rape: date rape, statutory rape, child molestation, and acquaintance rape.
- Prostitution: online escort services and in-person charges.
- Internet sex crimes: soliciting a minor, possessing or distributing child pornography.
- Indecent exposure: intentionally exposing yourself in public or to others online.
- Sexual abuse: continual sexual abuse of young children.
And more. If you are facing any criminal charges that have to do with sex or sexual contact, reach out to our team today. We will review your case and build a defense strategy to reduce the penalties against you.
What Are the Potential Penalties for a Sex Crime Conviction?
The specific penalties you may face depend on the charges you are facing. Under the Texas Penal Code, sexual offenses are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies.
Misdemeanor charges could carry the following penalties:
- Class C misdemeanors: up to $500 in fines
- Class B misdemeanors: up to $2,000 in fines and up to 180 days in jail
- Class A misdemeanors: up to $4,000 in fines and up to one year in jail
Felony charges could carry the following penalties:
- Third-degree felony: up to $10,000 in fines and between two and ten years in prison
- Second-degree felony: up to $10,000 in fines and between two and 20 years in prison
- First-degree felony: up to $10,000 in fines and between five and 99 years in prison
If you are convicted, that conviction will go on your permanent criminal record. Having a criminal record means your charges will appear on a background check, making it hard to find employment or secure housing. If you would like to avoid these penalties, reach out to our team today to start building your defense case.
What Are the Sex Offender Registration Requirements in Texas?
After being convicted of a sex crime in Texas, offenders must register with local law enforcement and become part of the sex offender registry. Convicted criminals are required to do this within seven days of the conviction or release from prison. When signing up for the registry, you will provide your full name, home address, work address, vehicle details, and a photo of yourself. This registry is public information, and any community member can access these details about you and the crime.
Registration is lifelong unless the court decides otherwise. All offenders must update law enforcement with any changes to their personal information within seven days. Some offenders must also check in with law enforcement on a monthly or yearly basis to ensure their whereabouts are known. If you have been convicted of a sex crime and are required to sign up for the sex offender registry, contact our team today to learn more about the requirements and how to avoid getting criminal penalties.
What Are the Most Common Defenses Against Sex Crime Charges?
Although sex crimes carry severe penalties, there are ways to get your case dismissed or your charges lowered. Your specific defense strategy will depend on the circumstances of your case. However, there are some common tactics that our team may use to defend against the penalties you are facing.
Common defense strategies include:
- Challenging the credibility of the accuser
- Arguing against criminal intent
- Questioning the validity of physical evidence
Should I Hire a Sexual Offenses Attorney?
In criminal law, sex crimes are considered some of the most severe offenses that a person can be charged with. If you’d like to protect your freedom and your personal reputation, reaching out to an experienced criminal defense attorney is essential. Our team at Flanary Law Firm, PLLC, is here to assist you in building your defense case to protect your rights. For a free consultation, call today at (210) 738-8383.