Sex Crimes Lawyer Georgetown, TX
Arrested for a Sex Offense in Williamson County, TX?
Being accused of a sex crime can turn your life upside down. These offenses carry a negative stigma that can harm every aspect of your life. Your family and social life, your work or professional life, your financial future – everything can be on the line in sex crime allegations. For all these reasons, you need a capable and aggressive defender, one who takes your freedom and future, seriously.
At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we understand the difficulties you are likely facing when accused of any type of sexual misconduct. Our firm is not here to judge but to uphold your right to a strong and effective legal defense. We bring top Avvo ratings of 10.0 Superb, experience as former prosecutors, and trial experience to your case. Our team will extensively prepare your case for the courtroom and will work toward a favorable outcome. Our Georgetown sex crimes lawyers are here to fight for you tooth and nail and take charge throughout the process.
Types of Sex Crimes
In Texas, sex crimes can range from lower-level misdemeanors to serious felonies resulting in lengthy prison terms and mandatory sex offender registration.
Examples of these offenses include:
- Prostitution and solicitation
- Possession, manufacture, and/or distribution of child pornography
- Exploitation of minors
- Online solicitation of a minor
- Sexual assault
- Child molestation
- Indecent exposure
- Public lewdness
- Lewd acts with a minor
- Sexual abuse
- Sex trafficking
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Improper teacher-student relationship
- Sexting (sending sexually-explicit photos or material via text)
Levels of Sex Crimes Charges in Texas
In Texas, most sex offenses are charged and punished as felonies. For example, as a second-degree felony, sexual assault carries penalties 2 to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. As a first-degree felony, aggravated sexual assault can lead to 5 to 99 years in prison. State jail felonies are punishable by 180 days up to two years in jail while third-degree felonies carry penalties of 2 to 10 years in prison. All felonies may be subject to a $10,000 fine.
In Texas, sexual misconduct misdemeanors, such as public lewdness, sexting, and indecent exposure, may be charged as:
- Class C misdemeanors (lowest level), carrying a fine of up to $500;
- Class B misdemeanors, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or fines of up to $2,000; or
- Class A misdemeanors, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or fines of up to $4,000
Aside from the imprisonment and fines, those convicted of sexual-related felonies are generally required to register as sex offenders. Registration may be for 10 years up to life. The length of time will be based on the type of offense for which you were convicted. As such, you will be required to register with your local law enforcement agency. Your identity, address, photo, as well as the nature of your offense are then made public record for anyone to access. The registration requirement begins after any prison term is served, and it is a crime to fail to register.
Turn to Our Williamson County Firm for a Dedicated Defense in Sex Cases
Sex crime accusations are often made with no witnesses and on the hearsay of the alleged victim. They may be based on falsehoods, exaggerations, and other misleading information. Despite this, prosecutors will work overtime to try to get a conviction. Because of this, you need an equally aggressive and hard-hitting defender. Our firm will take every possible legal measure to help you fight back and pursue a favorable case resolution. We offer representation in Round Rock, Cedar Park and throughout Williamson County.
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