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Houston Sexual Assault and Sex Crime Defense Lawyers

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 attorney from Mary E. Conn & Associates as soon as possible.

What are Sex Crimes in Texas?

Sex crimes encompass a broad definition which include the following felony offenses:

  • Continuous sexual abuse of a child
  • Sexual assault
  • Indecency with a child
  • Child pornography
  • Failure to register as a sex offender in Texas

Sex crimes further include the following misdemeanor offenses:

  • Public lewdness
  • Indecent exposure

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.

Revenge Porn

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 Crime Punishments

Sex crimes include a multitude of different offenses, and therefore have a range of punishment options, as outlined in the tables below:

Misdemeanor Offenses

Class Confinement Fine
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

Felony Offenses

Degree Confinement Fine
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 Houston sexual assault attorney after you have been arrested for a sex crime.

Houston Sex Crime Attorneys

If you have been arrested on charges of a sex crime, do not hesitate to contact Houston sex crime lawyers at criminal defense law firm Mary E. Conn & Associates.  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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