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Fighting Accusations and Provinf Sex was Consensual

Fighting Accusations and Proving Sex Was Consensual

Published: Jan 02, 2020 in Sex Crimes

Being accused of sexual assault or another sex crime in Texas is not something to take lightly. An accusation can impact every part of your life, so you need to respond swiftly and carefully. Do not trust the justice system to do right by you. The goal of prosecutors is to find a guilty party, secure a conviction, and get the case off the docket. It’s essential that you prepare for the worst, secure an attorney, and learn more about proving sex was consensual. To discuss how to best defend…

sex crime sentencing in texas; what's considered

Sex Crime Sentencing in Texas: What’s Considered?

Published: Dec 27, 2019 in Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

If you’ve been accused of sexual misconduct, you may wonder what your sentence could be if you’re convicted in Texas. After the verdict, the judge will conduct a sentencing hearing, in which the prosecution and the defense will present arguments for the penalties they think is appropriate. Properly preparing and executing a strategy at this stage is an essential aspect of your defense. Texas has a well-earned reputation for being tough when it comes to sex crime convictions. At the Law Offices of Ned Barnett, we will do everything in…

should I try to convince my accuser to drop sexual assault charges?

Should I Try to Convince My Accuser to Drop Sexual Assault Charges

Published: Dec 17, 2019 in Sex Crimes

If you’ve been accused of a sexual assault, you probably thought about making contact with your accuser and trying to convince them to drop the charges. Not only is it generally a bad idea to talk to the alleged victim in a criminal case, the victim doesn’t even have the power to drop the charges. And contrary to popular belief, victims don’t decide to press charges in the first place–this decision is up to the prosecutor’s office and in more serious cases, a grand jury. In the rare circumstances where…

what are harris county sex abuse charges?

What are Harris County Child Sex Abuse Charges?

Published: Dec 13, 2019 in Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

If you are facing Harris County child sex abuse charges, you need to act fast to avoid devastating criminal penalties and the collateral consequences of a sex crime conviction. The stakes are particularly high when the alleged victim is a child, because of enhanced penalties and increased pressure on the judge and prosecutor to bring the suspect to justice. This means that you will need to fight hard to prove your innocence and clear your name. Fortunately, a Houston child sex crimes lawyer can review your case and give it…

The problem with rapid DNA tests in Houston rape cases

The Problems with Rapid DNA Tests in Houston Rape Cases

Published: Dec 11, 2019 in Sex Crimes

Law enforcement and prosecutors in Texas and across the nation are struggling to deal with the harsh realities of investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases. Hundreds of thousands of so-called rape kits, containing samples of fabrics, hair, and fluids collected from rape victims, remain untested. As a result, the sampling, storage, and testing procedures often result in the wrong suspect being identified and prosecuted. Authorities are turning to new DNA testing technologies to work through their backlogs. One such method, Rapid DNA testing, takes two to three hours and can…