Texas State Penal Code outlines a number of sex offenses involving minors, defined as a defendant aged 17 or older, and a child 14 or younger, including:
Houston sex crimes involving defendants and victims who are over the age of 18 include:
The penalties for these crimes are often severe, and can result in lengthy prison sentences, and mandated lifetime registration as a convicted sex offender. However, it’s important to remember the state can charge you with whatever it wants. What matters is whether you are convicted in a court of law. Early consultation with an experienced sexual assault lawyer in Houston is a critical first step to protecting your rights and your reputation.
The emphasis on identifying and punishing sex offenders continues to result in an increasing number of charges being filed for alleged crimes that occurred years, or even decades ago. Criminal statutes of limitations are meant to ensure a defendant’s fair trial rights are upheld by the right to confront accusers and gather evidence in a timely manner. However, lawmakers continue to expand the statute of limitations, and in many of the most serious cases there is no limit to how much time can pass before a defendant is charged with a sex crime.
The passage of time often makes these cases more difficult to prove, but also more difficult to defend. In many cases, the primary evidence is DNA, which is a powerful tool of prosecutors in the courtroom, even as the availability of witnesses and other evidence may have degraded with the passage of time. Early consultation with an experienced sexual assault attorney in Houston is the best bet to protect your freedom, your rights and your reputation.
Alex Macias is an experienced Houston sexual assault lawyer who represents clients in state and federal court in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Pearland, Knogwood, Katy, League City, Stafford, Friendswood, Richmond, Cypress, Clear Lake, Humble and Fulshear.
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