- 1 What is a sex crime?
- 2 Frequently Committed Sex Crimes
- 3 Texas Sex Crime Legal Penalties
- 4 Child Molestation and Sex Abuse
- 5 Child Pornography: United States Code Title18
- 6 Internet Sex Crimes
- 7 Lewd Conduct
- 8 Indecent Exposure
- 9 Prostitution or Solicitation for Sex
- 10 Rape or Sexual Assault
- 11 Statutory Rape
- 12 Sexual Battery
Our firm specializes in aggressive Criminal Defense work in Texas Courts – in the area of Sex Crimes.
What is a sex crime?
A sex crime is an illegal sex act, or illegal form of human sexual behavior, as defined by the state and federal government. People who are convicted of sex crimes are called “sex offenders”. In the state of California, all sex offenders must list them selves on the Sex Offender Registry for an indefinite amount of time. This Registry is accessible to the public, which means that future employers, landlords, educational facilities, and neighbors will be able to obtain this information.
Frequently Committed Sex Crimes
There are a variety of sex acts that are considered illegal. Commonly committed sex crimes include: rape, statutory rape, date rape, lewd conduct, indecent exposure, sexual abuse, sexual assault, child pornography, child molestation, prostitution, pandering, and distribution of illegal pornography.
Texas Sex Crime Legal Penalties
Of all crimes, sexual offenses tend to be the most vigorously prosecuted by law enforcement and district attorneys. Once a person is convicted a sexual offense, he/she may be punished with:
- large fines
- court ordered counseling
- community service
- mandatory Sex Offender Registration
If the defendant is a repeat offender, or if the victim was a minor (person below the legal age of 18), the defendant may be subject to enhanced criminal charges and sentencing. Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved, it is always in a person’s best interest to obtain the services of a criminal defense attorney who has the legal background and knowledge it takes to successfully fight sex crime charges.
The best and most effective defense begins before charges are brought against you in court. If you believe that criminal charges are about to be filed against you, it is always to your benefit to speak with a reputable criminal defense attorney. We will review your case and work to discover evidence that may be used to your advantage before charges are filed. After carefully screening your case, our criminal defense lawyers may be able to present substantial evidence to prosecutors that will dissuade them from filing criminal charges against you.
Child Molestation and Sex Abuse
The consequences of conviction for such a crime include 3-8 years in prison per count, parole, sex offender registration for life, and substantial fines. Few criminal accusations are as devastating to a client as being arrested or investigated for a sexual abuse. An arrest can occur without corroborating or forensic evidence or even where reasonable doubt of the claimant’s motives exists. The impact on the client may be life-changing as family, friends and co-workers assume the worst about a person.
Child Pornography: United States Code Title18
Most pornography is lawful under the rights granted by the first amendment of the United States Constitution, however Child Pornography is unlawful when it depicts actual or simulated sexual conduct by an individual under the age of 18, or it depicts the lascivious exhibition of the pubic area of such an individual.
Internet Sex Crimes
When a suspect chats with someone he or she considers to be underage, in a sexually provocative manner, numerous state and federal criminal violations occur. The government may charge the suspect with attempting to lure or provoke a child to commit a sexual act or disseminating sexually-explicit material that may be harmful to children including Child Pornography. The Internet has become a means to investigate these crimes because of its ability to hide the identity of the perpetrator and the police, posing as a potential victim.
The government will seek substantial jail or prison time in such cases, and require sex crime registration for life
Lewd Conduct is defined as the touching or displaying of the genitals, buttocks or female breasts with the intent of achieving sexual arousal or gratification. These acts are illegal when done in a lewd or lascivious manner in a public place where a third party may be offended by its viewing.
Indecent Exposure is a similar and related criminal law provision, which makes it unlawful for a person to expose his/her person or his/her private parts in any public place, or in any place where there are present other persons to be offended or annoyed thereby.
The consequences of conviction for such a crime include one year in the County Jail per count, probation, sex offender registration for life, and substantial fines. Sentencing for Lewd Conduct and Indecent Exposure may be enhanced when the defendant has a prior conviction on his or her record.
Prostitution or Solicitation for Sex
This can be violated in two different ways: (1) solicitation, or offering compensation for sexual services or (2) engaging in the act of prostitution.
The consequences of conviction for such a crime one year in the County Jail per count, probation, AIDS counseling and testing, stay away orders, and substantial fines. If the accused has a prior conviction, the prosecution can seek increased jail time.
Rape or Sexual Assault
Forcible Rape is defined as sexual intercourse with an alleged victim without consent. Even if no physical force is used, rape charges may be pursued by the prosecution where the victim is intoxicated or physically or mentally disabled to provide lawful consent. Other criminal charges also may be prosecuted alleging forcible sex acts, including violations such as sodomy, rape using a foreign object, or forced oral copulation. Date Rape, or Rape using alcohol or GHB, or other substances, may also be prosecuted as violations by the District Attorney’s Office.
The consequences of conviction for such a crime include 3-8 years in prison per count of Rape, probation, sex offender registration for life, and substantial fines.
Rape sentencing may be enhanced if the defendant used a weapon in the commission of the crime, caused great bodily injury, or has a prior conviction on his or her record. Rape is considered a violent offense under the Penal Code, and will is a “strike” offence. If you or your loved one is facing Forcible Rape charges, and have a prior strike conviction, it is crucial that you obtain experienced legal counsel.
Statutory Rape is defined as sexual intercourse with an alleged victim under the age of eighteen. The consequences of conviction depends on the age difference between the alleged victim and suspect. A prison sentence is likely when the difference in age is ten years or more. Other consequences from a Statutory Rape conviction include probation, sex offender registration for life, and substantial fines.
The crime is defined as an unlawful sexual touching, without consent, of any person by using force, restraint, intoxication, or upon someone who is mental or physically disabled. The touching must be done with the purpose of causing sexual arousal or abuse.
The consequences of conviction for such a crime include one year in the County Jail per count, probation, sex offender registration for life, and fines.