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What makes Mary different from the rest?

With criminal defense experience since 1985, Mary Conn is THE attorney when it comes to successfully defending sex crimes cases. You need an experienced child abuse lawyer with a proven history of getting results.

Mary E. Conn is a top-rated Texas criminal defense attorney, with the highest possible ratings by Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent) and AVVO (10 of a possible 10).

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 crimes are sex crimes?

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.

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


Rape, referred to in Texas statutes as “sexual assault,” is considered by Texas law to be an especially heinous crime, which exposes the accused to extremely severe penalties, some of which last a lifetime. The Texas Penal Code defines sexual assault as:

  • Sexual intercourse or sexual penetration without the victim’s consent.
  • Sexual activity involving a person incapable of consenting to it because of mental incapacity or disability.
  • Sexual intercourse, penetration, or other sexual contacts with a minor under the age of 17, even if consensual (“statutory rape”).
  • Forcible and violent sexual intercourse, penetration, or contact, regardless of consent.
  • Coercion of someone to perform or submit to sexual acts.
  • Sexual acts with a person over whom the accused is in a position of power or for whose care the accused is responsible, such as a teacher, healthcare provider, member of the clergy, staff of a residence where the victim lives, police officer, or other public servants.

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.

Defenses to Sexual Assault Charges to Protect Your Freedom, Your Reputation, and Your Future

  • The police had no probable cause to arrest you for the crime.
  • Evidence against you was obtained illegally.
  • You were wrongly identified as the rapist;
  • You could not have committed the assault because you were elsewhere, i.e., you have an alibi;
  • DNA evidence shows that you were not the person responsible for the crime.
  • The alleged assault was in the course of providing medical care for a child, and there was no contact or penetration of the child’s mouth, anus, or sexual organ by your mouth, anus, or sexual organ.
  • The alleged victim consented to the sexual act;
  • You were insane or mentally incapacitated;
  • You lacked the intent to commit the crime

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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