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Sex Offender Risk Assessment: Gender Bias & What's Considered

Sex Offender Risk Assessments: Gender Bias & What’s Considered

Published: Aug 02, 2020 in Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

Those accused of Texas sex crimes or convicted sex offenders should become very familiar with sex offender risk assessments. These are the tools used to determine whether or not someone who has committed a sexual offense is likely to reoffend. If you’ve been accused of sexual assault or a related crime in Houston, these assessments can influence sentencing, probation eligibility, and sex offender registration. You need to be proactive and review all your options with an experienced Houston defense lawyer. As a former federal prosecutor and highly-successful Houston sex crime…

Can Police Get DNA from Your Mask?

Can Police Get DNA from Your Face Mask?

Published: Jul 30, 2020 in Sex Crimes

As of early July 2020, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texans to wear face masks when in public. This comes in response to COVID-19, and to hopefully slow the spread through hygienic practices, like social distancing, hand washing, and wearing face masks. But like many government actions, there might be some unintentional consequences to wearing masks in public, like unknowingly providing DNA evidence in criminal cases. DNA from a Mask Without a Warrant In June, King City Police in California were able to take a DNA sample from a suspect’s face…

When are Bad Acts Allowed in Texas Sex Crimes?

When are Prior Bad Acts Allowed in Texas Sex Crimes: Is Your Past Haunting You?

Published: Jul 23, 2020 in Child Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

When you’re charged with a sex crime in Texas, you can bet that the police will dig into your past. They’re looking for skeletons in your closet, like past convictions or arrests. The bigger, the better. They’ll specifically look for prior sex crimes that might be related to the current case, like if you’re accused of child molestation and were previously convicted of statutory rape as a young adult. In certain cases, prior bad acts are admissible evidence in sex crimes. But you shouldn’t let the prosecution use your criminal…

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Houston Sex Crimes: Average Sentences & Penalties

Published: Jul 17, 2020 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

Even the whisper of a sexual accusation can have devastating effects. But when formal sex crime charges are brought against you, things get even more serious. A sex crime conviction in Texas means facing several harsh penalties, including incarceration, fines, the loss of your job, and more. With the possibility of prison looming, it’s vital to contact an experienced Houston sex crimes lawyer. At The Law Offices of Ned Barnett, we know how challenging sex crime accusations are. To discuss your case in a free and confidential consultation, contact us…

Sex Crime Plea Agreements: Is it a Good Deal?

Published: Jun 25, 2020 in Child Sex Crimes, Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, Sex Crimes Involving Children

In Harris County, Texas criminal cases are often resolved by plea agreements. Pleas are made between you and the prosecution, where you agree to plead guilty to select charges for a certain penalty. While pleas must be approved by the judge, they avoid costly trials and increase efficiency. They are also helpful to avoid unnecessarily harsh sentences – especially when sex crimes are involved. However, plea agreements still result in convictions, and there may be unintended consequences to accepting. So, if prosecutors offer you a plea in a sex crime…