Sex crimes in Texas involve a number of different offenses, from the misdemeanor offense of indecent exposure to the felony crime of aggravated sexual assault. Sex crime punishments will range depending on the facts of the case, the consent of the victim, and the actions of the accused. If you have been arrested on charges of a sex crime, do not hesitate in contacting an experienced Houston sex crime lawyer as soon as possible.
Sex crimes encompass a broad definition which include the following felony offenses:
Sex crimes further include the following misdemeanor offenses:
The difference between misdemeanor and felony sex crime offenses sometimes may be based on one person’s word or the arresting officer’s interpretation of events. Therefore, it is important to speak with a sex crime attorney in Houston shortly after your arrest to ensure that your version of events will be relayed during any court proceedings.
One sex crime that recently became criminalized is the crime of “revenge porn,” which was passed by the Texas House in 2015. The crime itself faces constitutional issue due to the sharing of nude photographs that people lawfully own. Therefore, in order to bring a criminal charge against a person, it is necessary to prove that the defendant did not take the nude photographs which the defendant posted on the internet.
Sex crimes include a multitude of different offenses, and therefore have a range of punishment options, as outlined in the tables below:
|Class A Misdemeanor||Up to 1 year in county jail||Up to $4,000|
|Class B Misdemeanor||Up to 180 days in county jail||Up to $2,000|
|Class C Misdemeanor||None||Up to $500|
|Capital Felony||Life in prison or death||None|
|First Degree Felony||Life or 5-99 years in prison||Up to $10,000|
|Second Degree Felony||2-20 years in prison||Up to $10,000|
|Third Degree Felony||2-10 years in prison||Up to $10,000|
|State Jail Felony||180 days – 2 years in state jail||Up to $10,000|
|State Jail Felony committed while exhibiting a deadly weapon||2-10 years in prison||Up to $10,000|
Not only do sex crimes involve the above punishment ranges, but many also require the defendant to register as a sex offender for the rest of their lives. This may impact your ability to purchase a home and where you can work. A sex offender registration will follow you throughout your life and is displayed on many public forums. This type of hindrance is life-altering and further necessitates the need for an experienced sex crime criminal attorney after you have been arrested for a sex crime.
If you have been arrested on charges of a sex crime, do not hesitate to contact Houston sex crime lawyers at Mary E. Conn. Leading Houston sex crime attorney Mary E. Conn has years of experience in handling different criminal defense cases, including the many sex crimes that fall within the Texas Penal Code. Sex crimes can often be one-sided charges and therefore it is important to receive the facts of the case as soon as possible to being building a defense to the charges. Contact us for your initial free consultation on (713) 357-4190 today.
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