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Sex Crimes

What is Date Rape?

Published: May 26, 2017 in Sex Crimes

There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the term “date rape.” The term arose from sexual assault cases typically involving women being incapacitated by another person and then taken advantage of. The offenders would usually use some sort of drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both to make their target intoxicated or unconscious. Once they are unable to disagree to the sexual activity or fight back, they would sexual assault them. Now, the term date rape refers to a greater number of circumstances than an actual date between a man…

Texas Marital Rape Laws

Published: May 19, 2017 in Sex Crimes

In previous decades, marital rape was not a possibility. Due to traditional viewpoints, most communities and legislators assumed women would submit to their husbands in regard to intercourse. However, America’s cultural values and laws have evolved over the years to recognize that sexual activity must be consensual – otherwise it is unlawful. Now, marital rape is a form of sexual assault between spouses and is illegal across the country. This is an important law, which protects women in physically and sexually abusive marriages. It provides prosecutors with a way to…

Minimum Mandatory Sentences for Sex Cases

Published: May 12, 2017 in Sex Crimes

A mandatory minimum sentence is the shortest length of time you must spend behind bars for committing a particular offense. These guidelines exist because federal and some state legislatures have decided that offenders of certain crimes should spend at least a set amount of time in prison. These mandatory minimums cannot be ignored by judges or decreased by good behavior during incarceration. In Texas, there are several minimum sentences for drug, sex, and violence crimes. If you are charged with a felony, then you face a minimum amount of time…

What Should I Do If Someone Falsely Accused Me of a Sex Crime?

Published: Apr 26, 2017 in Sex Crimes

Many people are accused of crimes they did not commit. This is especially true when it comes to sex crimes. Divorces and child custody disagreements can bring about false accusations of sexual assault, child molestation, and other sex crimes. Even teachers, babysitters, and others who work with children may face accusations. If you’re in such a dire situation, you need a Houston sex crimes lawyer on your side. At The Law Offices of Ned Barnett, we are here to protect your rights and are prepared to aggressively defend against any…

Texas Sexual Assault Statistics

Published: Apr 19, 2017 in Sex Crimes

Unfortunately, sexual assault statistics show rape and sexual violence as a serious problem across the country, including in Texas. Tens of thousands of children and adults are victimized each year, and these individuals must deal with the long-lasting physical and psychological effects of the crime, which can hinder their education, career, and personal relationships. For some, sexual assault is a trauma that is never entirely overcome. That is why educational institutions, legislators, and law enforcement agencies must take all issues related to sexual assault seriously, including prevention, reporting offenses, investigating…