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Allegations of sexual offenses should be taken seriously. The offenses are heavily prosecuted and the penalties often are harsh and life changing. Consequences could include jail time, fines and the requirement to register as a sex offender, which could have severe repercussions.
In some cases, accusations can be based on exaggerated claims and even outright false allegations. In other instances, the alleged offender may not know he or she was committing an act that was against the law. No matter the case, you should be prepared to fight these charges. A skilled and experienced sexual offense lawyer can help you fight for your freedom.
False or exaggerated allegations of sexual motivated crimes causes tremendous fear, embarrassment and uncertainty. If you are under investigation for any sex crime, you should have a skilled advocate on your side. Contact a sex crime lawyer at Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley.
The attorneys at Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley have been helping people charged with criminal offenses throughout San Antonio, Bexar County and cities throughout Texas for more than 40 years. Our attorneys fight sex crime allegations in both state and federal court, and they will fight to get the best possible results in your case.
Many of these accusations are made between family members. When a pending divorce or child custody battle is contemplated, false allegations are all too common. No matter the circumstances, contact us to discuss your charges during an initial phone or office consultation. Call 210-226-1463 for a free phone consultation.
A conviction for any sexual offense comes with serious consequences, including incarceration, fines, and permanent placement on a Texas or federal sex offender registry. Sex offense cases can be difficult and unpopular for an attorney to take on, and many are reluctant about doing so. At Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley, we will provide a vigorous defense to help you fight the allegations.
A number of sexual offenses fall under Chapter 21 of the Texas Penal Code. Some sexually-motivated offenses under Texas law include:
Sexual Assault: Sexual assault covers a wide range of incidents, most of which involve an allegation that the accused causing penetration by a sexual organ without the victim's effective consent. Sexual assault can include vaginal, anal or oral sex, and the accused can be a male or female. According to Texas Penal Code § 22.011, sexual assault also includes any sexual act with a child younger than 17, unless the accused is three years older or less. Sexual assault is a second-degree felony.
Online Solicitation of a Minor: These charges involve the accused allegedly engaging in sexually explicit behavior with a person who is 14 or younger, or a person who the accused believes is 14 or younger. The offense is a third-degree felony, unless the accused offender knows the victim is younger than 14 years old, in which online solicitation of a minor would be a second-degree felony.
Indecency with a Child: Indecency with a child can involve a child and either contact of breasts, genitals or anus or the exposure of the same, according to Texas Penal Code § 21.11. It is a second-degree felony. It is the same charge for a person to expose his or her anus or genitals, or expose a child’s anus or genitals, with the purpose of sexual gratification. This would be considered a third-degree felony.
Aggravated Sexual Assault: Aggravated sexual assault is a sexual assault in which the victim sustained serious bodily injury, a deadly weapon was used or the accused threatened to make the victim become part of sex trafficking. If a person administers a date rape drug, like GHB, rohypnol or ketamine, it also could be considered aggravated sexual assault. It is a first-degree felony.
Other sexual offenses under Texas Law include:
The punishments for sex crimes in Texas depend on its classification and several other factors. Courts also could impose other requirements, including increased fines. Generally, the penalties for offenses could include:
People who are convicted of a sexual offense in Texas are required to register with their local law enforcement authority for a specific period of time, depending on the severity of the sexual offense conviction.
According to Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, a convicted sex offender is required to register for life if they were convicted of any of the following sexually violence offenses:
A convicted sex offender must register with law enforcement for ten years if he or she has been convicted of any sex offense not requiring lifetime registration, attempted sexual assault, unlawful restraint, compelling prostitution or a second indecent exposure conviction.
When a person registers, he or she is required to provide their legal full name and aliases, date of birth, a physical description, Social Security number, driver’s license number, home address, a photograph, fingerprints, type of offense and employment status. Most of this information then becomes available to the public.
It is the responsibility of the alleged offender to ensure the information is up to date. This means if a person moves or changes employment, it must be reported. In general, an offender fails to register in Texas, he or she could face additional jail time. Texas considers it a felony not to register as a sex offender.
UCR Program for Sexual Assault Statistics in Texas- Because of the growing concern for allegations of sexual assault, the 80th Texas Legislative Session passed HB 76 which requires the Texas DPS to establish guidelines and collect data about incidents that contain specific sexual assault offenses under the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. A recent report estimated the total number of Sexual Assaults reported in 2011 in the State of Texas were 18,088. According to statistics released by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, in 2013 there were 184 sex crimes reported to the Patrol Services Division.
Texas Sex Offender Registration Program - The Texas Sex Offender Registration Program is a sex offender registration and public notification law designed to protect the public from sex offenders. This link explains what sex offenders must do to legally register in the program.
Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure - This link is the Texas law explaining how sex offenders must register and what information must be disclosed. This also explains what information becomes public and what remains hidden for the offenders' privacy.
Sex Offender Resource Mission - This website provides information on where to find counseling if needed, employment resources, housing information and family support. Each state listing provides information about sex offenders laws for that individual state.
Any accusation of a sexually motivated crime is serious. Under the American system of justice, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The attorneys at Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley will fight to defend your presumption of innocence as you fight for the best possible resolution in the case. Call 210-226-1463 for a free phone consultation.