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The Average Sentences for Texas Sex Crimes & How to Avoid Conviction

Published: May 19, 2023 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

Even the whisper of a sexual assault accusation can have devastating effects. But when formal Texas sex crime charges are filed, things get dire. Sex crimes are some of the most harshly punished offenses in Texas. While the average sentence for a sex crime conviction depends on factors like its severity, the offender’s criminal history, and other aggravating or mitigating circumstances, they carry stark consequences that can affect your life forever. With the possibility of prison and sex offender registration looming, it’s vital to contact an experienced Houston sex crimes…

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How & When to Use Character Evidence in TX Rape Cases

Published: May 05, 2023 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

When you have been accused of sexual assault, rape, or any sex crime in Texas, the prosecutor must introduce compelling evidence meant to prove your guilt. One of the top ways they do this is through character evidence, designed to use your past bad acts, behaviors, or sexual history against you. Your defense attorney will also consider the alleged victim’s history when examining the allegations against you. Doing so can help them build your defense and prove your innocence. There is a time and place to introduce character evidence in…

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How to Spot Inconsistent Statements in Child Sex Crime Cases

Published: Apr 27, 2023 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Allegations surrounding child sex crimes can destroy your reputation and severely complicate your life. Guilt is supposed to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but unreliable evidence—including inconsistent statements from impressionable and often vulnerable child accusers—can result in wrongful sex crime convictions. For this reason, it is crucial for anyone accused of a child sex crime to get a reputable sex abuse attorney who knows how to spot and challenge inconsistent statements and unreliable evidence. Why Children Make Unreliable Statements It is more common than you might think for children…

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Common Prostitution Sting Tactics in Texas

Published: Mar 16, 2023 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

A sting operation happens when the police and/or other law enforcement agencies have officers/agents act as accomplices or victims to gather evidence and arrest potential offenders. An example is a Houston prostitution sting where an undercover police officer acts as a sex worker, solicits you to pay for sexual acts, and then arrests you when you agree. But sometimes, law enforcement oversteps its boundaries and violates your rights. This is called entrapment and can result in getting your charges dropped. Still, it may be helpful to know how a prostitution…

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Understanding the Different Internet Sex Crimes in TX

Published: Feb 27, 2023 in Child Sex Crimes, Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Sex offenses carry some of the harshest criminal penalties in Texas. And as the internet continues to grow, so do new opportunities for certain criminal offenses, including sex crimes. This makes investigating internet sex crimes a focal point for law enforcement. However, the laws and sex crime offenses themselves can be confusing. Here is a guide to help you differentiate the different types of internet sex offenses and why someone can expect if accused. Cyberstalking Texas’ Electronic Communications Act of 2001 considers cyberstalking a criminal offense under Texas law. Cyberstalking…