TEXAS SEX CRIMES LAWYERS
There are many Texas sex crimes and they are scattered throughout the Texas Penal Code. While they all vary in degree and punishment most sex crimes are felonies and any conviction carries serious collateral consequences. To win your case you need experienced sex crime lawyers who know what and how to get the best result possible.
Sex Crimes in Texas include:
- Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child (Tex. Pen. Code 21.02):
- Public Lewdness (Tex. Pen. Code 21.07);
- Indecent Exposure (Tex. Pen. Code 21.08);
- Indecency with a Child (Tex. Pen. Code 21.11);
- Improper Relationship between Teacher and Student (Tex. Pen. Code 21.12);
- Invasive Visual Recording (Tex. Pen. Code Section 21.15);
- Unlawful Disclosure or Promotion of Intimate Visual Material (Tex. Pen. Code 21.16);
- Sexual Coercion (Tex. Pen. Code 21.18);
- Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (Tex. Pen. Code Section 22.021);
- Sexual Assault of a Child (Tex. Pen. Code Section 22.011);
- Prostitution (Tex. Pen. Code 43.01);
- Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography (Tex. Pen. Code 43.26);
- Online Solicitation of a Minor (Tex. Pen. Code 33.021).
Prosecutors are tough on sex crimes, especially sex crimes involving minors. With your livelihood and freedom on the line you need a law firm with the experience, resources, and tools to successfully handle these unique cases. With nearly 70 years of sex crime defense experience the team at The Adamo Law Firm has a national reputation for solving problems other lawyers can’t when it comes to sex crime investigations and accusations.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR OR HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR A SEX CRIME IN TEXAS, CONTACT THE SEX CRIME LAWYERS AT THE ADAMO LAW FIRM.
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Defending People Accused of Sex Crimes throughout the United States and Texas in both State & Federal Court
Prosecutors and judges are elected officials and do not want to appear soft on crime, especially when it comes to crimes sexual in nature. Given the complexity of sex crime charges, you need an experienced legal team with the skill, knowledge, and resources to obtain the best possible result for you. The lawyers at The Adamo Law Firm have successfully represented many persons accused of sex crimes and understand what it takes to win your case. With over 60+ years of combined criminal experience The Adamo Law Firm has a reputation for providing top-rated sex crime defense across the country including Austin and surrounding counties.
What are the different types of Sex Crimes?
There are many sex crimes in the Texas Penal Code however these are some of the more commonly seen Texas sex crimes.
Public Lewdness: a person performs a sexual act in public or in front of another who the person . An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
Indecent Exposure: a person exposes their genitals to another. An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.
Indecency with a Child: a person commits an offense if, with a child younger than 17 years of age (regardless if the person knows the age of the person): engages in sexual contact (e.g. touching), exposes their genitals or causes the child to expose theirs. Indecency with a Child by touching is a 2nd degree felony and Indecency with a Child by exposing is a 3rd degree felony.
Improper Relationship Between Educator & Student: an employee of a school commits an offense if the employee engages in sexual contact (touching), oral sex, or sexual intercourse (penetration) with a student. Being accused of an Improper Relationship Between Educator & Student is a 2nd degree felony..
Unlawful Disclosure or Promotion of Intimate Visual Material: A person commits an offense if the person intentionally threatens to disclose intimate visual material of another to obtain a benefit. An offense under this section is a state jail felony.
Sexual Assault: A person commits an offense if the person has sexual intercourse, or the like, without that person’s consent. Sexual Assault is a 2nd degree felony.
Aggravated Sexual Assault: A person commits aggravated sexual assault if the person uses threats, force or exhibits a deadly weapon in committing sexual assault or commits sexual assault against a child younger than 14 years of age, an elderly person, or a disabled person. Aggravated Sexual Assault is a 1st degree felony.
Super Aggravated Sexual Assault: If an aggravated sexual assault is alleged and the person is younger than 6 years of age or the person is younger than 14 years of age and the person uses threats, force, or exhibits a deadly weapon then the minimum punishment is increased to 25 years in prison.
Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child: During a 30 day period a person is accused of two or more acts of sexual abuse (i.e. indecency with a child, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault) against a child 14 years or younger. An offense under this section is 25 years to life in prison.
Possession of Child Pornography: A person knowingly possesses visual material of a child younger than 18 years of age engaging in sexual conduct. Possession of child pornography in Texas is a 3rd degree felony.
Online Solicitation of a Minor: A person over the internet communicates in a sexually explicit manner. Online Solicitation of a Minor is a 3rd degree felony, unless the minor is younger than 14 years old then it is a 2nd degree felony.
Defeating the Sex Crime Accusation through the Grand Jury
Sex crimes begin as a complaint. In order for the District Court to obtain jurisdiction the complaint must become a formal indictment. Grand Juries are responsible for indicting sex crime complaints. Evidence is presented by the prosecutor to twelve citizens who decide to issue either a “True-Bill” or a “No-Bill”. If a “True Bill” is issued the sex crime case continues. However, if a “No-Bill” is issued the sex crime case is dismissed. Through various defenses and because prosecutors would prefer a grand jury “no-billing” opposed to flat out dismissing it, sex crimes are ripe for no-bills and our Austin sex crime lawyers have successfully obtained “no-bills” for a number of clients accused of sex crimes
The Adamo Law Firm has submitted many grand jury packets demonstrating why their clients cases should be dismissed.
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Defending Sex Crimes in Texas
-Romeo and Juliet Law
In Texas Romeo and Juliet provides two main protections for sex crimes involving consensual sex.
- 3 year age gap: If the accused is within 3 years of the alleged victim and the alleged victim was at least 14 years old, the prosecution may be barred.
- Sex Offender Registration Exemption: If the alleged victim is at least 15 years of age and the accused is not more than 4 years older, then the accused may be exempt from having to register as a sex offender with local law enforcement.
Was the Officer's Sex Crime Investigation Lawful?
With a dismissal rate 8 times the national average, our Austin sex crime lawyers have the knowledge, skill, and resources to guide you against:
- Unlawful sexual assault police investigations;
- Unlawful detentions, searches, and seizures in sex crimes investigations;
- Unlawful warrants in sex crime cases;
- Unlawful arrests; and
- Child Protective Services (CPS) investigations.
If the officer’s actions were unlawful, then our Austin sex crime lawyers will file a motion to suppress the unlawful evidence. If the evidence is suppressed it can not be used in the court of law. Suppressions lead to dismissals and that is the goal for any client we take on.
Erasing the Sex Crime Offense From Record
Texas law allows for a person’s record to be erased and this includes some sex crime offenses. Factors that may make expungement possible include:
- If the sex crime was a minor offense that did not involve violence and occurred a long time ago;
- If the offense was consensual;
- If the accused has no prior sex crime incidents.
Typically in order to erase an arrest off your record the case needs to be dismissed and the statute of limitations has to run. The problem charges like indecency with a child, sexual assault, and continuous sexual abuse of a child do not have a statute of limitations. The purpose is to allow victims to bring accusations when they are older and long after the actual incident may have taken place. Despite this, the sex crime lawyers at The Adamo Law Firm have been able to obtain expungements for their client’s cases after dismissal. Contact us to learn more.