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Can You Be Convicted of a Sex Crime if You Didn’t Know Their Age?

Published: Sep 11, 2020 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

People lie about their age all the time. For older adults, it may be satisfying to pass as younger. For adolescents, the opposite might be true. Some teenagers naturally look older than their age, while others dress and groom themselves to look over 18. However, what may be cool or exciting to a young person can be devastating to you. If you become romantically or sexually involved with someone much younger than you thought, you could find yourself facing criminal charges. If you are questioned or arrested for a sex…

Woman at a Computer Wondering, "Will I be Fired if I’m Accused of a Sex Crime?"

Can You Get Fired for Being Accused of a Sex Crime?

Published: Sep 04, 2020 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

A sex crime accusation can jeopardize every aspect of your life. Even if it doesn’t lead to a conviction, sex offense allegations can damage your reputation, your relationships, and your livelihood. Many people ask us, “can I be fired if I’m accused of a sex crime?” But no single answer applies. What always holds true is that you can decrease the likelihood of losing your job if you fight the case and retain an experienced Houston sex crimes attorney as soon as you learn of the allegations. By working with…

How Harris County is Dealing With COVID Court Delays

Published: Aug 17, 2020 in COVID-19, Criminal Defense

Being charged with a crime is never ideal, but going through the Harris County Court System in the middle of a pandemic makes the situation so much worse. If you, like thousands of others in Harris County, have found yourself with lingering charges and no end in sight, don’t lose hope. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Having an experienced and dedicated local criminal defense lawyer is always important, but it’s even more critical when the courts are facing backlogs. For personalized service and clear guidance about…

Sex Crime Plea Agreements: Is it a Good Deal?

Published: Jun 25, 2020 in Child Sex Crimes, Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

In Harris County, Texas criminal cases are often resolved by plea agreements. Pleas are made between you and the prosecution, where you agree to plead guilty to select charges for a certain penalty. While pleas must be approved by the judge, they avoid costly trials and increase efficiency. They are also helpful to avoid unnecessarily harsh sentences – especially when sex crimes are involved. However, plea agreements still result in convictions, and there may be unintended consequences to accepting. So, if prosecutors offer you a plea in a sex crime…

Can the Police Confiscate My Computer?

Published: Jun 15, 2020 in Child Sex Crimes, Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

There are two reasons for law enforcement to confiscate your computer: collection of evidence, or civil asset forfeiture. If the police are investigating you for fraud, child pornography, or any crime where evidence might be found on your computer, the police may seize your computer. But remember that a warrant is almost always required to do so. If you’re facing criminal charges in Houston and a computer or other electrnc device is being used as evidence, contact a criminal defense lawyer from The Law Offices of Ned Barnett at (713)…