Accused of a Sex Crime?
Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Christy Harris Can Help
The mere accusation of a sex crime can have devastating, life-altering consequences, no matter how false the accusation might be. Former Dallas County prosecutor Christy Harris focuses her career on protecting her neighbors throughout the city of Dallas, from the severe penalties that a sex crime conviction can bring, such as substantial prison time and mandatory sex offender registration. Do not risk the lifetime stigma of a sex offense conviction, which will negatively affect your family, your job opportunities, your reputation and your freedom. Let Dallas criminal lawyer Christy Harris guide you through the different stages of your case, from the initial investigation to trial by jury. Only she can offer you the emotional support and vigorous defense necessary to getting you through the highly stressful experience of fending off accusations of a sex crime.
Common Types of Texas Sex Crimes
Texas law classifies a number of criminal offenses as sex crimes. Most of these crimes carry the possibility for large fines and extensive periods of incarceration, as well as requiring sex offender registration, often for the rest of your life. Even the most minor sex offenses result in stiff fines and large amounts of jail time. For instance, Texas law defines the crime of Indecent Exposure as exposing oneself with the intent to sexually arouse or gratify with recklessness as to whether another person might be present. Indecent Exposure is a Class B Misdemeanor, which carries up to $2,000 fine, 180 days in jail or both. Likewise, Public Lewdness, which involves engaging in sex or sexual contact in a public place, is a Class A Misdemeanor, which carries up to a $4,000 fine, one year in jail or both.
Some of the more serious sex offenses under Texas law include Aggravated Kidnapping, which is when a person knowingly or intentionally abducts another person with the intent of violating or abusing him or her sexually. This crime is a First Degree Felony, which requires incarceration from five years to life, and sex offender registration for life. Sexual Assault and Aggravated Sexual Assault involve intentional penetration or sexual contact with another without his or her consent. Typically, Sexual Assault is a Second Degree Felony, carrying a sentence of two to twenty years of incarceration, but it rises to the level of Aggravated Sexual Assault if the perpetrator causes serious bodily injury, attempts to cause death, threatens or places the victim in fear of serious bodily injury or death or uses a deadly weapon. An assault may also be aggravated if the perpetrator uses a drug to subdue the victim, or if the victim is under the age of 14, elderly or disabled. Aggravated Sexual Assault is a First Degree Felony. Additionally, Prohibited Sexual Conduct is an offense that involves engaging in sex or sexual contact with certain designated family members, and is a Third Degree Felony, with the potential of two to ten years of incarceration.
Texas Sex Crimes Involving Children
Texas law also provides for sex crimes that specifically involve children. Indecency with a Child (under age 17) by Exposure or by Contact occurs when a person engages in sexual contact with a child, or exposes oneself or the child for the purposes of sexual arousal or gratification. Indecency with a Child is a Second Degree Felony in the case of sexual contact, and a Third Degree Felony in the case of exposure. Criminal Solicitation of a Minor (under age 17) involves a person attempting to induce a minor to engage in specific conduct that would constitute the crimes of Indecency with a Child, Sexual Assault or Sexual Performance by a Child.
There are also some relatively new sex crimes involving children under Texas law, which carry very severe penalties. For example, Super-Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child mandates a sentence of incarceration of 25 years to life if child victim is under the age of six. Likewise, Continuous Sexual Abuse involves multiple acts of sexual conduct with a child or children over a period of at least 30 days. A conviction for Continuous Sexual Abuse carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, with no possibility of parole.
Contact Dallas Criminal Attorney Christy Harris for Assistance
As a former prosecutor of sex crimes, as well as a private attorney with a special focus on defending sex crimes, Christy Harris knows how the criminal justice system works from both sides of the table. From statutory rape to Indecent Exposure, accusations of a sex crime can put you at serious risk of losing your family, your friends, your job, your reputation and ultimately your freedom. Protect yourself, and do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Christine Harris today.