Indecency with a child is a highly stigmatized sex crime that has severe consequences for anyone found guilty. According to the Texas Penal Code, an individual commits this crime when he “engages in sexual contact with the child or causes the child to engage in sexual contact” while having the “intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.” It can also occur if a person exposes his anus or any part of his genitals (while being aware that a child is present) or in any way causes a child to show their anus or any part of their genitals.
In Texas, a child is defined as a person less than 17 years old. By sexual contact, the law refers to any touching of the breast, anus, genitals or body part of a child when done with the purpose of arousal or sexual gratification of any individual.
This crime is charged as a felony of either the second or third-degree, depending on the circumstances. One or any combination of the following penalties may be given:
Beyond the above penalties, convicted individuals will be compelled to register in the Texas Sex Offender Database. Being listed in the sex offender registry has a number of social and vocational disadvantages. For instance, when moving to a new location, the neighborhood will be notified of the presence of the individual and his or her status as a sex offender. Some neighborhoods may also be completely off -limits. The offender will also be barred from some forms of employment.
There are several defenses and exceptions to the basic penal code described above. The law may not apply if the defendant:
Having an experienced and thorough criminal defense attorney is key to achieving the best possible outcome from an indecency with a child case. Houston indecency with a child lawyer Rand Mintzer will protect your rights in a court of law. He will fight tirelessly and make sure that prosecutors prove every element of their claims against you. Speak with Rand Mintzer, Attorney at Law today at 713-862-8880 to find out about your rights and legal options.