Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer Jeffrey Grass
Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer in Dallas, TX
Sex crimes account for some of the most severely penalized offenses in the nation, with many judges showing no lenience as they impose sentences that can include lengthy prison sentences, hefty fines, and other consequences.
The social stigma is also very significant and powerful. A sex crime accusation can leave you struggling to find a job, a place to live and even a college education. Convicted sex offenders suffer major consequences both socially and professionally. You could also be required to register as a sex offender, which can result in even more stigma and even discrimination or harassment.
If you have been accused of committing a sex crime, Dallas, TX defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are here to help, providing an aggressive and strategic legal defense to your case. We understand how profoundly this type of conviction can impact every area of your life, so we work hard to maximize your chances of seeing a positive case resolution, even launching independent investigations and calling in nationally-renowned expert witnesses to testify on your behalf.
Our Dallas County defense attorneys handle a vast range of different sex crimes both at the state level and at the federal level, from indecent exposure and lewdness, to sexting, prostitution or solicitation, sexual assault, rape, child sex crimes and beyond. Our Texas law firm also works with convicted sex offenders who are accused of an offense such as failure to register as a sex offender.
Our law firm was founded by Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass, a defense attorney who has been in practice for over 20 years. He has also served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG) and proudly maintains an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for a sex crime in Dallas, Texas, or the surrounding region, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to arrange a confidential and free case evaluation. Call (214) 431-3897.
Common Questions After a Sex Crimes Arrest in Dallas County
Attorneys with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass will work hard to answer your questions and address your concerns because we are firm believers that client involvement is an important part of the equation. And knowing what to expect can also reduce some of the stress and fear that you may be experiencing. So here is a look at some of the most common questions that we address with clients like you.
Is a Sex Crime Considered a Misdemeanor or Felony in Dallas County and the state of Texas?
In the State of Texas, most sex crimes are prosecuted as felony offenses, although there are a small number of offenses that can be prosecuted as misdemeanors, including:
Some cases involving promotion of prostitution;
Some cases involving prostitution; and
Some cases involving solicitation of prostitution.
In the case of prostitution-related offenses, first offenses may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor, while more serious cases and those involving repeat offenders are more likely to be tried as a felony.
In Texas, felony sex crimes include offenses like:
Solicitation of a minor for sex;
Computer-related and internet-related sex crimes;
All forms of rape, including statutory rape and date rape;
Child pornography; and
Failure to register as a sex offender.
Each case is unique and an individual’s past criminal history is weighed heavily. Your Dallas defense lawyer can provide you with information on whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or felony and whether you may be successful in getting the charge downgraded in terms of severity.
What Factors Constitute an “Aggravated” Sex Crime in Dallas County?
Aggravated sex crimes are prosecuted more aggressively, often resulting in lengthy jail sentences and significant fines, amongst other penalties if convicted.
Aggravating factors can take many forms in Texas. Sex crimes can be prosecuted as an aggravated offense if certain conditions or circumstances exist, such as:
the victim is a child under 14 years of age;
the victim is physically and/or mentally disabled;
the victim is elderly;
the victim was kidnapped in the course of the crime;
the victim was placed in fear of serious bodily injury;
the crime involved a “date rape drug” like Rohypnol;
the crime involved the usage or display of a deadly weapon such as a knife or gun; or
the crime involved serious injury or an attempt to cause serious injury to the victim.
A categorization as “aggravated” can dramatically increase the seriousness of the crime and the severity of the potential penalties. For example, in Texas, non-aggravated sexual assault is prosecuted as a second-degree felony, which can result in 2 to 20 years in prison. But if that sexual assault is aggravated, the case will be prosecuted as a first-degree felony, which carries a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison.
As you can see, there is a significant increase in the severity of aggravated sex crimes. Dallas defense lawyers with our firm take an aggressive yet strategic approach in defending these cases.
Will I Have to Register as a Sex Offender?
If you opt to plead “guilty” or are convicted by a jury in a case involving sex crimes in Dallas or the surrounding region, you may be ordered to register as a sex offender. This can even be true of less serious offenses, such as a non-violent act of consensual sex with someone who is under the age of consent (constituting statutory rape.)
This underscores the importance of hiring an experienced Texas criminal defense lawyer who has the knowledge and skill required to bring about a positive case outcome.
Notably, Texas does have a “Romeo and Juliet” law that applies to some sex crimes involving consensual sex. Passed in 2011 as part of Senate Bill 198 and House Bill 227, this law offers sex offender registry exemption to an adult over the age of 17 who is accused of having consensual sexual relations with someone over the age 15 but under age 17, providing there is no more than a four-year difference in age between the two parties.
Our Dallas sex crimes defense lawyers can also help clients who were convicted of statutory rape and required to register as a sex offender prior to the implementation of this key piece of legislation. If your case meets the criteria and you are not deemed a public threat, then a judge can opt to waive the requirement to register as a sex offender.
Our Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Defend Sex Crime Cases
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our legal team is committed to defending clients accused of all sex offenses and a vast range of other criminal offenses, both at a state and federal level. Our lawyers have represented clients throughout the Dallas area and beyond, even handling cases in the United States Supreme Court.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a sex crime in Texas, defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are here to help. To arrange a free, confidential case evaluation, call (214) 431-3897.