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Arrested after Swiping Right? Sex Crime Charges in the Age of Dating Apps

Published: Jul 31, 2023 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Online dating has never been more prevalent, but what happens if meeting IRL becomes a ” they-said, they-said” situation? Or worse, what if you’re accused of something that didn’t happen, or you thought was consensual? A swipe to the right on apps like Tinder, Bumble, or Hinge holds the promise of meaningful connections, but these platforms also introduce a new challenge – a rise in sex crime allegations. Dating apps facilitate easy connections but lend themselves to misrepresentation, confusion around consent, and greater potential for unjust sex crime charges. Sex…

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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…


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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How & When to Use Character Evidence in TX Rape Cases

Published: May 05, 2023 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

When you have been accused of sexual assault, rape, or any sex crime in Texas, the prosecutor must introduce compelling evidence meant to prove your guilt. One of the top ways they do this is through character evidence, designed to use your past bad acts, behaviors, or sexual history against you. Your defense attorney will also consider the alleged victim’s history when examining the allegations against you. Doing so can help them build your defense and prove your innocence. There is a time and place to introduce character evidence in…

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How to Spot Inconsistent Statements in Child Sex Crime Cases

Published: Apr 27, 2023 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Allegations surrounding child sex crimes can destroy your reputation and severely complicate your life. Guilt is supposed to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but unreliable evidence—including inconsistent statements from impressionable and often vulnerable child accusers—can result in wrongful sex crime convictions. For this reason, it is crucial for anyone accused of a child sex crime to get a reputable sex abuse attorney who knows how to spot and challenge inconsistent statements and unreliable evidence. Why Children Make Unreliable Statements It is more common than you might think for children…