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Sex Offender Risk Assessment: Gender Bias & What's Considered

The Truth About Sex Offender Risk Assessments in Texas

Published: Jun 27, 2024 in Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

Most people don’t know much about sex offender risk assessments. But for those accused of sex crimes in Texas, understanding these evaluations is crucial. These tools help determine if someone who committed a sexual offense is likely to do it again. They can affect sentencing, probation, and sex offender registration. But are these assessments fair or accurate? If you’ve been accused of a sex crime in Houston, these assessments can shape your future. Be proactive and review your options with an experienced defense lawyer. As a former federal prosecutor and…

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Sexting in Texas: What Parents and Teens Need to Know

Published: Nov 30, 2023 in Sex Crimes Involving Children

The age of smartphones and DMs is here. Now more than ever, our lives and relationships, even the intimate parts, are playing out virtually. Sexting, which is the sending, receiving, or forwarding of sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images has permeated our culture. What would have been unimaginable when we were teenagers is now standard. Nowadays, many young people perceive sexting and sending nudes as a regular part of modern communication – a digital flirtation or a way of expressing trust and intimacy. While sexting can be harmless between consenting…

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Overcoming Accusations: How to Get Texas Statutory Rape Charges Dropped?

Published: Jun 02, 2023 in Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

Facing statutory rape charges in Texas can be a harrowing experience. With the potential for jail looming and a forever tarnished reputation attached, it is essential to understand what’s possible and which strategies can result in a favorable resolution, like having the charges dropped. To help their clients and others protect themselves from damaging allegations, the Houston child sex crime attorneys at The Law Offices of Ned Barnett have provided insight into building a statutory rape defense and the tactics to increase the chances of having charges dismissed. This can…

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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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Frequently Asked Questions About Child Porn Charges

Published: Mar 03, 2023 in Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

Child pornography is illegal under Texas and federal law. However, knowing it is unlawful does not automatically prevent a charge. Nor does it clarify when and why charges were filed or what penalties you could face. Considering how intimidating child pornography accusations are, it is best to know how child porn charges arise. Know what to do if you or a loved one are wrongly charged with possessing or distributing child pornography. Common Questions About Child Pornography As a former U.S. federal prosecutor with decades of criminal defense experience, particularly…