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Texas Sex Crimes and Securing Bail

Published: Aug 16, 2019 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

If you have been arrested for a sex crime, you don’t always have to await your trial behind bars. Instead, you may be eligible for bail. Bail is a deposit of money with the court that is returned to you if you attend all of your legal proceedings. It’s basically a guarantee that you will go to court instead of fleeing. A judge will determine your bail amount based on the severity of the offense, your criminal past, the likelihood that you will flee, and the danger you allegedly represent…

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When Do State Offenses Become Federal Sex Crimes?

Published: Aug 09, 2019 in Criminal Defense, Federal Crimes, Sex Crimes

On July 6, 2019, international celebrity R. Kelly was arrested for federal sex crimes. Kelly has been at the center of controversy for almost two decades and has faced criminal charges in both state and federal courts. For example, in 2002 he was indicted in Chicago by the Cook County court on 21 counts of child pornography. After a lengthy and well-publicized trial, he was acquitted in 2008 after the main witness against him refused to take the stand. Now, years later, he will again face criminal charges, but this…

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Operation “Broken Heart” and Online Child Sex Crime Stings

Published: Aug 02, 2019 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes Involving Children

A nationwide child sex crime sting has resulted in 51 arrests in the Houston area. Operation Broken Heart reached into Montgomery, Fort Bend, and Harris counties, and targeted people who allegedly engage in sex trafficking, child pornography, and child grooming. The operation is coordinated by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, whose officers pose as children online to trick potential offenders. This tactic is effective. Last year, the Department of Justice recorded more than 2,300 arrests between March and May alone. Child sex crime charges can ruin your…

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How Investigators Gather Evidence in Child Porn Cases

Published: Jul 31, 2019 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes Involving Children

Child pornography cases are taken very seriously by state and federal investigators. This is, in part, due to the difficulty of catching individuals who make, distribute, and possess such obscene materials depicting children. These days, much of child porn lives on the internet, is sent through secured connections, and is downloaded onto people’s computers and other devices. Investigators in child porn cases often focus on finding electronic data that proves a person’s involvement with child porn. Electronic data is not as infallible as prosecutors would have you believe. If the…

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What You Need to Know About False Accusations of Sexual Abuse

Published: Jul 24, 2019 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Someone may have accused you of sexually abusing a child in your life – maybe a student, neighbor, relative, or your own child – and as a result, you may be facing your worst nightmare. These types of false allegations can tear apart your family, social life, and career despite your innocence. Naturally, adults want to believe and protect children who may have been abused. Your closest loved ones can begin to distrust you. The only way to truly combat false accusations of sexual abuse is to obtain skilled and…