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New Sexual Assault Witness Amnesty Law in Texas

Published: Sep 25, 2017 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Sexual assault is a serious problem in Texas, and the state’s legislators are working hard to put laws into place that would encourage people to report these crimes when they occur. One such effort is a sexual assault witness amnesty law that would protect anyone who reports sexual assault from prosecution for underage drinking. This new law has gained approval by both the Texas House and Senate, and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Abbott. Why Do Sexual Assault Witnesses Need Amnesty? Many sexual assaults occur on…

When Is Rape a Federal Crime?

Published: Aug 18, 2017 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Rape, also called sexual assault, is a heinous crime. It can severely harm the victims physically and psychologically, and often leads to life-long effects. Perpetrators of this violent crime face harsh consequences and should be brought to justice. Unfortunately, rape accusations are often inappropriately leveled at innocent individuals. Some men and women use rape allegations as a means of revenge. Others come forward with these claims after a misunderstanding or due to regret. In some situations, allegations can be proven false before prosecutors ask a grand jury for an indictment….

Are Prostitution Sting Operations Considered Entrapment?

Published: Aug 11, 2017 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

To determine who is engaging in prostitution around Texas, law enforcement officers will often pretend to be prostitutes, pimps, or other individuals involved with the illicit activity. By acting like a prostitute or pimp, police officers end up meeting and speaking with people who are interested in meeting with prostitutes. Once individuals attempt to purchase a sex act, the officers then reveal their identity and arrest them. Whether the sting was conducted online or in person, it has serious consequences for those charged and raises a lot of questions. One…

Resources for Those Dealing with Sex Crime Accusations

Published: Aug 04, 2017 in Sex Crimes

If you or a loved one has been falsely accused of a sex crime, there are ways to obtain help in your situation. Below is a list of organizations, advocacy groups, and resources for those who have been falsely accused, in need of support, or want to get involved. Although the main purpose of some of these organizations may be focused on victims, many of these groups also reach out to those who are falsely accused to offer aid through resources and information. Save Our Sons Save Our Sons…

How Does Alcohol Affect Consent?

Published: Jul 31, 2017 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

In every state, specific laws determine an age at which an individual can consent to sexual activity with another person. Under Texas law, a person who is 17-years-old or older has the right to consent to any type of sexual activity, but you should learn how consuming alcohol can impair your judgment and thereby your ability to give and/or receive consent. If you’ve been charged with a sex crime and alcohol was involved, contact an experienced Houston sex crimes attorney from The Law Offices of Ned Barnett today at (713)…