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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…

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Penalties in TX

Published: Dec 20, 2020 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

Individuals convicted of sex crimes under Texas Law are generally required to register as a sex offender. The actual requirements on how to register and when depend on the situation and mistakes happen. Unfortunately, this exposes people to new and harshly punished charges that could send to prison. Some people simply don’t understand the reporting requirements, but those required to do so need to be careful. Texas law is strict in regard to sex offender reporting and takes compliance seriously. At The Law Offices of Ned Barnett, we are available…


Is Groping Illegal in Texas?

Published: Dec 05, 2020 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

Being accused of touching someone inappropriately is always serious. In the past, groping was only punishable with a small fine, but in 2019 Texas raised the severity of groping, defining it as “indecent sexual assault,” and making it a class A misdemeanor. Don’t take an allegation that you groped someone lightly or try to handle things on your own. You could face a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Charged with groping or any sexual assault? Call The Law Offices of Ned Barnett at (713) 222-6767, or reach out…

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How to Act When Out on Bail for a Sex Crime

Published: Nov 27, 2020 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

If you were arrested for a Houston sex crime and later released on bail, be very careful about what you do. A mistake can result in your bail getting revoked. This means dealing with your charges from behind bars and seriously damaging your case. Defending against sex crime accusations is crucial, but you also need to think about securing your release from custody and how to act while out on bail. If you need assistance posting bail after you or a loved one was charged with a Houston- area sex…