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Considering a Harris County Jury Trial?

Published: Jul 22, 2021 in Criminal Defense

If you’re charged with a crime, you have options. Whether you decide to go to trial or accept a plea will depend on many factors, but your attorney should explain what puts you in the best possible position. A Harris county criminal court sounds scary, but trials are there to be won, and it could be the best way to clear your name. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are considering a trial to address criminal charges in or around Houston, TX. Pleading Guilty Pleading guilty…

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When Tinder Dates End with Sex Crime Charges

Published: Jan 29, 2021 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Sex crime accusations are on the rise in the age of online dating. With more and more people in Houston and the surrounding areas using dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, it’s never been easier to hook up. And while the vast majority of interactions are consensual, Tinder and other dating platforms allow for consensual acts to be framed as non-consensual later on. This can result in people facing unjustified sex crime charges. Fortunately, law enforcement in Houston usually only moves forward with criminal cases when there is evidence of…

Do You Have to Register As a Sex Offender for Statutory Rape in Texas?

Published: Jan 22, 2021 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

Statutory rape is generally thought of as an adult having sexual contact with an adolescent. And under Texas law, it is harshly punished even when both parties consented. As a possible felony, statutory rape can mean prison and registration as a sex offender. Unfortunately, many young adults end up registering as sex offenders for having relations with a boyfriend or girlfriend only a few years younger than them. If you are facing criminal accusations due to consensual sex, contact The Law Offices of Ned Barnett now. Ned Barnett knows the…

Texas Peeping Tom Laws

Published: Jan 15, 2021 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Texas has had peeping tom laws since 2015 when the state created the crime of voyeurism. Previously, peeping toms could only be prosecuted for disorderly conduct. Now, in cases where there’s evidence that someone spies on others to satisfy a sexual urge, a prosecutor may bring voyeurism charges. If you’re accused of violating the state’s peeping tom laws, contact a criminal defense lawyer from The Law Offices of Ned Barnett at (713) 222-6767 to schedule a free and confidential case consultation. Hiring an attorney immediately could be the difference between…

When Minors are Accused of Sexual Assault in TX

Published: Jan 07, 2021 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Sexual assault in Texas covers various acts but factors like the ages of those involved matter a lot. For example, charges of sexual assault by minors are treated much differently than sexual assaults perpetrated by adults. The age of the alleged victim and offender will determine whether or not the matter is handled in the juvenile system or traditional adult courts. It also influences the consequences of a conviction, which can be tremendous and life-long. No matter what, if your minor child is accused of sexual assault in Texas, you…