In every sex crime trial we’ve handled, whether it has been sexual assault, indecency with a child, online solicitation of a minor, or child pornography, when the sex crime charge is first read out loud by the judge to a new jury panel, the air is sucked out of the courtroom and replaced by silence and an enraged glare toward the accused in their seat. There could be no worse accusation made against a person than being a child molester, child pornography viewer/distributor, or rapist.
Generally speaking, touching someone in their private areas without their permission, if not done accidentally, is a crime in Texas. Distinctions between children (under 17) and adults are reflected in increasingly severe penalties. Likewise, penetration is punished more severely than mere contact (either above or below clothing). Sex offender registration and incarceration tear families apart, and create new, innocent, victims.
Local and federal prosecutors are now aggressively seeking harsher penalties for sexual assault charges. Given the rise of the internet and the ease of virtual sex trafficking, child pornography production and child exploitation, and the #MeToo movement, judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, and juries are out for blood – even without hearing the facts. Further, the Texas legislature continues to create new sex offenses to keep up with modern technology, the most recent ones being the continuous sexual abuse of a child, improper photography or visual recording, and revenge porn. In addition, they’ve recently extended statutes of limitations to prosecute decades old sexual assault claims.
In all the cases we have tried involving accusations of sexual misconduct, the winning solution has been the exploration and refinement of credibility of either the accuser or accused. In child molestation cases, the jury always wants to know why the child would make it up or believe something happened that in reality never did. In child pornography cases, we work with our clients to find a plausible technological forensic solution to explain how such material could have gotten on a device without the owner’s knowledge. Each sex crimes case, like our clients, is unique. Working together with our clients and our experienced team of private investigators, forensic analysts, legal researchers, licensed sex offender psychologists, experts, and more, we develop a case strategy that is uniquely tailored to your facts with the goal of always obtaining the best possible outcome.
Experience and knowledge are the most effective weapons in the courtroom to have your case successfully and quickly resolved. Whether a dismissal, charges reduced, or successfully tried to a jury for a “not guilty” acquittal in a criminal defense. Or a large jury verdict or settlement negotiation in a civil injury case.
With over 40 years of combined experience as successful and highly respected and sought after sex crimes attorneys in Houston, Texas, we utilize our skill, wisdom, relationships, team of experts, and reputation to get the best results for you or your loved one.
Our reputation has been built off of our client’s victories, as well as our demeanor in and out of the courtroom. Our only guarantee is always that your victory is our number 1 priority. If you lose, we lose.
All United States citizens are constitutionally allowed licensed legal representation during a criminal prosecution as long as there is the possibility of incarceration. However, the federal and state penal codes are extremely technical, and change daily with new binding case law. A defendant must also be able to navigate the local or federal codes of criminal procedure, appellate procedure, and other intricacies of the legal system. Success requires having an experienced criminal defense attorney. While helping to take the weight off an individual's shoulders, they provide seasoned strategy and technical knowledge of the system and its players.
The short answer is not always. A vast majority of sex crimes convictions in both federal and state penal codes require registration as a sex offender. However, some crimes, even upon conviction, do not require sex offender registration.
The cost of a criminal defense attorney varies depending on multiple factors. Chief among those factors are: (a) the business model of the lawyer (i.e., high volume with little client focus, versus low volume and dedicated attention), (b) resources and expert network, (c) overall practice area experience, (d) the severity of the charge, and (e) total estimated time of resolving the case. Relative to any professional service, you get what you pay for. An experienced criminal defense attorney can run anywhere from $5,000 to $200,000+ depending on the jurisdiction, severity of charges, volume of evidence, stage of representation, and other unique factors.
It is highly likely that, if a sex crimes claim has been made against you, that an investigator will reach out to you before you are ever arrested. Generally, these calls are recorded, and the investigator will be very inquisitive trying to either ask you many questions over the phone or requesting you come to them to meet in person. DO NOT TALK. DO NOT MEET. Call our law office immediately and we will advise you on what your next move should be to protect yourself and preserve your best defense.