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Category: Sex Crimes

Jul 28
2019

Texas Punishes Sexual Assault More Harshly If You’re Married

Sex Crimes | Sexual Assault

Regardless of the circumstance, sexual assault is one of the most grievous offenses one person can commit against another. In all 50 states, sexual assault and other sex crimes are punished more severely than most other criminal offenses.

There is a bizarre distinction in Texas law, however, which calls for enhanced penalties if the defendant is married and commits the sexual assault against someone other than their spouse.

This law was recently upheld in Texas courts when a man was convicted for statutory sexual assault after having sex with his son’s friend (who was under the age of 16). His charges were elevated to a first-degree felony…because he was married.

Let’s take a look at how this case played [...]

Jul 3
2019

Sex Trafficking in Texas: How the Law Works

Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking

It’s been more than a decade since Texas turned its focus to sex trafficking inside U.S. borders. In recent months, the effects seem to be reaching the streets.

Take one offender, convicted of human trafficking for associating with traffickers – he’s currently facing five life sentences. His conviction comes on the tail of Gov. Greg Abott signing five new bills taking hard aim at the sex trafficking trade.

The new legislation is a response to the in-depth examination of state law, its efficacy, and its limitations, and support comes in the form of a $54 million budget with the promise to continue funding indefinitely.

In today’s post, we cover what these newly passed bills address, and how the law works. [...]

May 9
2019

Commit These Crimes, Go on the Texas Sex Offender Registry

Sex Crimes | Sex Offender Registry

While the Texas Sex Offender Registry was created to inform and protect the public at large, registering can negatively impact nearly every aspect of an offender’s life.

To ensure some semblance of normalcy and quality of life after conviction, sex offenders must understand exactly how registration works and how long they are required to stay on the Texas Sex Offender Registry.

Today, we’ve categorized a number of crimes based on registration period – forever, for 10 years, and none. If you have been convicted of a sex crime but don’t see it here, an experienced Texas sex crimes attorney can review your case and provide the guidance you need.

CONVICTIONS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION FOR LIFE IN TEXAS

Continuous Sexual Abuse [...]

Dec 6
2018

Your Guide to Removing Yourself from the Texas Sex Offender Registry

Sex Crimes | Sex Offender Registry

If you’ve been convicted of a sex crime in Texas, you may have been required to register as a sex offender with the Department of Public Safety. This means that you’ve likely paid for your crime in more ways than one.

Perhaps you’ve had difficulty finding employment. Or experienced harassment from neighbors. Or possibly even been restricted from living in certain areas or participating in various events in your community.

You may not be aware, however, that this registration isn’t necessarily permanent, and you could qualify to deregister from the database by meeting the proper criteria. This post offers guidance on removing yourself from the Texas Sex Offender Registry in four easy steps.

Step 1: Check Your Eligibility

Your first [...]

Sep 19
2018

When Is Sexting Illegal in Texas?

Sex Crimes | Sexting

These days we do everything with our phones. Chat. Navigate. Surf the web. Manage our finances. Play games. Watch videos.

It makes sense, then, that we would also use our phones to flirt with our romantic partners. In fact, the practice of “sexting” – sending nude or sexually suggestive photos by text messages or other messaging platforms – has become commonplace.

Although this may be harmless when it occurs between two consenting adults, serious criminal charges can result in certain situations. Sexting is particularly dangerous when one or both of the participants are under the age of consent, because even when sexting occurs between two minors, this still qualifies as electronically transmitting sexual depictions of children.

However, this practice [...]

Jul 3
2018

Strategies Lawyers Use to Fight Texas Sexual Assault Charges

Sex Crimes | Sexual Assault

Sexual assault, commonly known as rape, is a quite-serious offense that can lead to decades of jail time, and potentially even life in prison for repeat offenders or extreme cases.

Moreover, the stigma of being a convicted sex offender will follow you for the rest of your life. You will be required to register as a sex offender, and will be ineligible for criminal record expungement.

However, most sex crimes take place behind closed doors between two adults, and have no other witnesses. Moreover, the defendant and alleged victim often have very different viewpoints of what took place, making sexual assault cases particularly complicated.

Below, we cover common defense strategies Texas criminal defense attorneys use to fight sexual assault [...]

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