Child Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer Jeffrey Grass
Plano Child Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer
Child sex crimes are amongst the most harshly punished cases in the entire U.S. criminal justice system, particularly those allegations that involve an element of violence and sexual assault. The extremely serious nature of these cases means that you need a qualified and experienced child sex crimes lawyer to defend your case.
Allegations of child molestation, child pornography, solicitation of a minor or another sex crime involving an underage child hold the power to destroy your reputation, your career, and even your family. Individuals accused of a child sex crime are often stigmatized and targeted within the community, which makes this type of case even more complex. If convicted, it’s likely that you will be required to register as a sex offender.
Unfortunately, because of the severity of child sex crime charges, the presumption of innocence can be somewhat lost or skewed by law enforcement, prosecutors, and juries. As such, it can be a difficult battle to effectively challenge child sex crime allegations, so you must work with an experienced law firm.
The Collin County defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass have represented many clients who stood accused of child sex crimes, including child molestation, sexual assault, child pornography, indecency with a child and child pornography, amongst other charges. For over 20 years, our defense lawyers have been representing in Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth and beyond.
If you or a loved one are facing a child sex crime, lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are ready to assist. Contact us today to today to discuss your case in a free, 100% confidential consultation by calling (972) 422-9999.
Common Questions and Concerns About Child Sex Crimes Defense in Collin County
Sex crimes of any nature are some of the most harshly viewed and most severely punished offenses in our criminal justice system. Sex crimes involving children, however, are essentially in a league of their own. These charges carry incredibly tough penalties that can impact your future for years to come. They are also viewed distastefully by society at large, which can scar your reputation and limit many areas of your life.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we work hard to provide clients with accurate information and answers to your questions, as we believe that this can help to eliminate much of the fear and uncertainty surrounding a case that involves child sex crimes. Here are a few of the most common issues that we address.
What Offenses Are Considered Child Sex Crimes?
In Texas, child sex crimes typically involve an underage victim, younger than age 17. The most serious offenses involve a child under the age of 14. Some offenses may also be considered “aggravated” if a weapon is used, if the victim is seriously injured or threatened with serious bodily injury.
Sexual assault of a child involves sexual activity (as defined in the Texas sexual assault law) involving a victim who is younger than 17 years. In most cases, this charge is a second-degree felony which carries a possible penalty of 2 to 20 years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Sexual assault of a child under 14 involves sexual activity (as defined in the Texas sexual assault law) involving a victim who is younger than 14 years. This offense is usually charged as a first-degree felony, and as such, it is punishable by up to 99 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Indecency with a child by contact is a second-degree felony that involves sexual contact, such as touching or fondling. This act cannot involve force, duress or threats. The alleged abuser must be 17 years old or older, while the victim must be younger than 14 years old. As a second degree felony, this charge carries a possible penalty of 2 to 20 years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Indecency with a child by exposure involves a situation whereby an adult exposes their genitals while a child is present or prompts a child to expose their genitals. This is a third-degree felony, and as such, it carries a possible penalty of 2 to 10 years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Possession of child pornography involves the alleged possession of pornographic materials depicting underage children. This includes videos, photos, and digital files. The images must depict an actual child; images or videos that are digitally altered typically do not qualify as child pornography.
Continuous sexual abuse of a young child under 14 involves two or more alleged acts of child sexual abuse over the course of 30 days or more. Created as part of Jessica’s Law, this offense is considered a first-degree felony, with a potential penalty of 25 to 99 years or life in prison.
Will I Be Required to Register as a Sex Offender?
If convicted, you will likely be required to register as a sex offender. A small number of cases may be eligible for “deregistration,” but this is generally not the case with sex crimes involving children.
A conviction for certain child sex crimes may result in a requirement to register as a sex offender for a specific period of time, such as ten years. Other charges and subsequent offenses typically carry a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender.
The one exception is a case that may be covered by the Texas “Romeo and Juliet” law. This law applies to young adults over the age of 17 with a case involving consensual sex with a person who was at least age 15 but under age 17. The age difference between the two parties cannot exceed four years. Although this type of case involves a minor child, you may be exempted from sex offender registry requirements.
Our Elite Team of Texas Lawyers Will Defend Your Child Sex Crimes Case
We have spent decades defending clients in Dallas County, Collin County, and Denton County, providing our clients a real advantage, as we know precisely which legal strategies are most apt to be successful for sex offenses involving children. The appeals attorneys with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass can also assist individuals who have already been convicted of a child sex offense (or another crime) and wish to seek an appeal.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass was established by a well-respected Texas lawyer who has been practicing law since 1993. Attorney Grass has served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG), and he was named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He maintains an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® too.
Your entire future will be significantly impacted by the outcome of your case. Trust your child sex crimes defense to the experienced lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass. We encourage you to contact us today to arrange a fully confidential, no-cost case evaluation by calling (972) 422-9999.
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