Texas law enforcement and prosecutors aggressively pursue allegations of child sexual abuse. Backing them are some of the toughest laws against sexual abuse of a child with the most severe penalties. If you are accused of any sex crimes in Texas, your liberty, reputation and future well-being are at stake.
Allegations of child sexual abuse do not automatically mean that you will be convicted. Your Houston child sexual abuse lawyer will protect your rights and force the prosecution to prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
Texas makes it a crime to engage in any sexual conduct with or directed at a minor. Chapter 261 of the Texas Family Code makes it unlawful to engage in any of the following acts with a child:
The penal code of Texas makes it a third-degree felony to engage in sexual abuse of a child. The penalties upon conviction include incarceration in a state prison and fines of up to $10,000. Two or more sexual contact acts between an offender who is over 17 years of age and a child younger than 14 years of age is a first-degree felony that is punishable by imprisonment for up to 99 years and fines up to $10,000.
The Family Code of Texas makes failure to report acts of sexual abuse of a child a misdemeanor crime that is punishable with up to a year in jail. The statute also allows a judge to impose fines of up to $4,000.
The long-term consequences of a sex crime conviction include mandatory registration as a sex offender. Once convicted, the accused must register with Texas law enforcement agencies. The agencies submit the offender’s name, current address, and conviction information to a state-maintained database that the public can access on the internet.
A criminal defense attorney will review the facts of a particular case involving child sexual abuse or child molestation to prepare a strategy that might, depending upon the facts, include defenses that are based upon mistaken identity or the existence of an alibi. Because the prosecution frequently relies upon witnesses, a Houston child sexual abuse attorney will review the evidence to determine how to attack their credibility and challenge their accounts of the events.
With your liberty and reputation at stake, you need the three decades of criminal defense experience of Houston attorney Rand Mintzer fighting on your behalf. Contact Rand Mintzer today at 713-862-8880 to schedule an appointment.