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What’s the Difference Between Rape and Sexual Assault?

Published: Dec 31, 2018 in Sex Crimes

The topic of sexual violence is frequently in the news. Some reporters unflinchingly use the term “rape.” In conversation, rape denotes non-consensual sexual intercourse. It is often understood to convey that force or a date rape drug like was used. Others use the term sexual assault. This is more ambiguous when used on the news and by victim advocate organizations. It regularly denotes a wider range of non-consensual sexual activity. If you are accused of a sex crime in Houston, TX, it is essential you understand exactly charges you might…

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Should Students Accused of Sexual Assault in Texas be Allowed to Cross Examine Their Accusers?

Published: Dec 26, 2018 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

As sexual assault victims become more vocal on college campuses, how these institutions handle accusations of sexual assault has grown more prevalent. Many universities have been accused of not having proper processes in place to protect both victims of assault and the accused. Many call for due process for all involved in these types of cases. Several federal court cases and decisions in the Midwest are likely to impact how public colleges handle these situations. In the future, it is likely that more state universities will require live hearings where…

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Steps in a Texas Sex Crime Investigation

Published: Nov 16, 2018 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

While all criminal charges are intimidating to face, a sex crime investigation can be especially challenging. These charges are serious and extremely difficult to fight. If the crime involves a minor, the stakes can heighten significantly. Fighting a sex crime charge is not easy, and you will not want to do it alone. Call The Law Offices of Ned Barnett right away to speak with a skilled sex crimes lawyer about your case. Schedule a free, initial consultation by calling our office at (713) 222-6767, or contact us online. What…

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How to Improve Your Situation in a Texas Sex Crimes Case

Published: Nov 06, 2018 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Sex crime cases are some of the most contested, difficult, and emotional legal procedures you can go through. Short of murder, few cases involve such high stakes. Coming out of the other side with your freedom and dignity intact requires more than just luck. For one, you need excellent legal representation. But perhaps even more importantly, you need to be an active and disciplined element of your defense. Simply put, even the best team of lawyers cannot win your case if you don’t participate in your defense. If you are…

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Why Age Deception Is Not a Defense for Sexual Assault in Texas

Published: Nov 02, 2018 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

It comes as a surprise to most people that age deception is not a defense to charges of sexual assault against a minor in Texas. This means that you can be convicted of this offense, even if you reasonably thought the minor was actually an adult. You can be convicted, even if the minor lies to you about their age. This results in many well-meaning individuals facing charges for a serious crime. However, there is a reason for this rule: adults must be responsible for their actions, especially when their…