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What makes Mary different from the rest?

With 35+ years of criminal defense experience, Mary Conn is THE attorney when it comes to successfully defending child abuse cases. You need an experienced child abuse lawyer with a proven history of getting results.

No matter what level of punishment you may be facing, get help today by speaking with an experienced Houston child abuse defense attorney.

Our Credentials

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
Award of Outstanding Service as President

AVVO Rating
Top Attorney Criminal Defense

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Presidential Award for Outstanding Service in CLE

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Presidential Awards 1992-1993, 1994-1995

Martindale Hubbell Lawyer Ratings

Awarded in 2018


What is Child Abuse?

The concept of child abuse involves an extremely wide range of legal issues. The claim of abuse often carries the potential for both civil and criminal consequences. The civil consequences can be legal (loss of custody, loss of visitation) or social (public shunning, the breakdown of a marriage, loss of employment). The criminal consequences depend on the extent of inflicted abuse: physical assault, sexual assault, or rape.

The basic definition of child abuse includes both acts and omissions if they harm the child:

  • Emotionally/psychologically
  • Physically
  • Sexually, which can induce harm that is also emotional and physical


Texas has several different laws that describe specific types of sexual activity with someone under the age of 17, which you could be charged with depending on the nature of the activity, such as:

  • Sexual abuse of a child.
  • Continuous sexual abuse of a child (multiple incidences of abuse of victims under 14 by someone over 17).
  • Indecency with a child.
  • Sexual assault.
  • Aggravated sexual assault (victims under 14, where force was used or threatened).


The state can impose some responsibility for child abuse on several different people, including not only the person who actually inflicts it, but also:

  • Those who failed to prevent it.
  • Those who failed to report actual abuse.
  • Those who falsely reported abuse.
  • Those who failed to investigate and act on the reports of abuse.

In one year, more than 65,000 cases of child abuse were confirmed in the state of Texas alone.

Our Process to Protect Your Freedom, Your Reputation, and Your Future

  • Our attorneys have years of experience in defense of domestic violence charges and employ defense strategies that will often result in the best possible outcome for your freedom and future options.
  • We understand the nuances of Texas state criminal law and will plan the best strategy available considering the circumstances of the alleged crime.
  • We are often able to prevent prosecutors from filing charges at all; in other situations, we will work to have your case dismissed or the charges reduced.
  • If necessary, we will take your case to trial to fight for a full acquittal on all charges. We are seasoned trial lawyers who will never sell you out or push you into a plea bargain simply to avoid going to court.
  • If the prosecutor’s case is less than air-tight, a strong defense can create a reasonable doubt of your innocence in the minds of the jurors that could result in a “not guilty” verdict.
  • The sooner we start advocating for you, the better the odds that you will beat the charges or obtain a less severe penalty.
  • At Mary E. Conn & Associates, we like to, and do, get these cases dismissed as soon as possible so that you can get on with your life.

The sooner we start advocating for you, the better the odds that you will beat the charges or obtain a less severe penalty.


Our Mission

We believe in the Constitution, the rights of the people to be protected against the government. We believe every client is an individual with specific interests, specific needs, and a specific best resolution. We believe in the client’s right to be informed, my duty to the client, the highest ethical standards, and the best practice.


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