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A sex crimes accusation can be devastating, especially with the strict sex offender registration requirements. Allegations such as sexual assault, prostitution, solicitation, lewd acts or child pornography can destroy your reputation and much more, making it challenging to get a job, find a home and get an education. And that says nothing of the severe legal penalties that a conviction can carry, including prison time and hefty fines.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our experienced legal team is here to defend you against state and federal sex crimes allegations, from “sexting” and indecent exposure, to child sex crimes, rape, prostitution/solicitation, failure to register as a sex offender and beyond.
Our sex crimes defense lawyers strive to protect your reputation and your interests, while also helping you to maintain your freedom, as we strive to minimize any adverse impact from this experience. We understand the devastating impact of a sex crime allegation. Our goal is to aggressively defend you, as our client, which often includes launching independent investigations to help clear your name.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for a sex crime in Collin County, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to discuss your case in a free and fully confidential case consultation. Call (972) 422-9999.
Common Concerns and Questions After a Sex Crimes Arrest in Collin County
It’s normal to be feeling frightened and nervous following a sex crimes arrest, especially with the potential severe consequences and the social stigma associated with this type of allegation.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we believe that by addressing your questions and concerns, we can help alleviate some of the stress and fear surrounding this type of case. So our legal team has compiled information on a few of the most common questions and concerns that we address on this issue.
Are Sex Crimes a Misdemeanor or Felony in Texas?
In Texas, a majority of sex crimes are felonies, although there are a few that are considered misdemeanors.
Misdemeanor sex crimes typically include:
Promotion of prostitution;
Solicitation of prostitution.
Notably, some offenses, such as prostitution and solicitation of prostitution, can also be charged with a felony. Variables such as your criminal history and the facts in the case are always considered.
Felony sex crimes typically include:
Rape or sexual assault, including statutory rape and date rape;
Computer and internet sex crimes;
Solicitation of a minor for sex; and
Failure to register as a sex offender.
The precise nature of the charge will vary depending upon the unique circumstances in your case. The potential penalties also vary according to the exact crime that you’re accused of committing.
What Makes a Sex Crime “Aggravated?”
A defendant may face even harsher penalties if a crime is considered “aggravated.” The precise aggravating factors vary according to the nature of the offense.
For example, in a sexual assault case, the defendant may be charged with “aggravated sexual assault” if:
the victim is under 14 years old;
the victim is elderly or disabled;
the victim was kidnapped;
a “date rape drug” such as Rohypnol was utilized in the commission of the crime;
a deadly weapon was displayed or used in the commission of the crime;
the defendant caused or attempted to cause serious bodily injury to the victim; or
the victim was made to fear serious bodily injury during the event.
In the case of a non-aggravated sexual assault, the crime is considered a second-degree felony in Texas, which carries a sentence of no more than 20 years, but no less than two years.
In the case of an aggravated sexual assault, the crime is considered a first-degree felony, which carries a sentence of no more than 99 years, but no less than five years. So the differential is quite significant in terms of potential penalties, which makes it even more important to seek a qualified sex crimes defense lawyer if you’ve been accused of an aggravated offense.
Will I Have to Register as a Sex Offender in Collin County?
If you are convicted or plead guilty to a sex offense in Texas, you may need to register as a sex offender, even in the case of relatively minor crimes, statutory rape involving consensual sex. This is why it’s so important to work with an experienced defense attorney who can fight to help you avoid conviction.
Texas does have a so-called “Romeo and Juliet” law, which was approved in 2011 as part of Senate Bill 198 and House Bill 227. Under this law, you are exempted from registering as a sex offender if you are a young adult over the age of 17 who has consensual sexual relations with someone at least age 15 but under age 17. There can be no more than a four-year age difference between the two individuals.
If you meet this criteria, you will not be required to register as a sex offender if you are convicted of statutory rape. Additionally, if you were convicted before Texas’ “Romeo and Juliet” law was enacted, but fulfill these criteria, our defense lawyers can help you request the courts to review your case. If your case meets the requirements for coverage under this law and you are not deemed a public threat, then your sex offender registry requirements can be eliminated.
Does Texas Offer Sex Offender Deregistration?
Even if you have been convicted of a sex crime, there are some cases where you may be eligible for what’s known as “sex offender deregistration.” This is an option for those who do are found to not pose a danger to the community.
Sex offender deregistration in Texas was made possible by House Bill 867, passed in 2005. Individuals who are required to register as sex offenders can request a termination of this requirement. Deregistration is typically only available for certain offense and in instances where an individual has not been involved in any additional sex crime cases.
What are misdemeanor sex crimes in Collin County?
Public lewdness, indecent exposure, prostitution (exception-convicted three or more times= state jail felony), promotion of prostitution, obscene display or distribution, employment harmful to children.
What are felony sex crimes in the state of Texas?
Felony sex crimes include rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, and sexual assault of a minor, as well as other child sex crimes.
How do police investigate sex crimes in Collin County?
The police use a variety of methods to investigate sex crimes, an attorney who is experienced in defending those accused of sex crimes can counsel you on how the investigation is taking place in your specific situation.
What exactly is the sex offender registration act?
In an effort for states to monitor and track convicted sex offenders who have been released and are now part of society, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) was created. SORNA is a federal law and applies to every state in the U.S. In addition, The Department of Justice is in charge of ensuring compliance.
What are the sex offender registration laws in Plano?
In the state of Texas, it is a federal offense to not register or update a registration as required and once could face fines and up to 10 years in prison. Also, if a sex offender knowingly does not register or update and then commits a violent crime, they could face up to 30 years in prison.
What are the potential consequences of conviction in Collin County?
Many states have divided rape and sexual assault crimes into different degrees to help determine the severity of the crime. In addition to jail time, an individual may have to register as a sex offender if convicted of a sex crime. They may have to serve probation and meet the criteria of the court in order to fulfill their conditions of probation. This can make it difficult to find employment, housing, and can put a strain on relationships.
Our Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Will Defend Your Sex Crimes Case
Being accused of a sex offense can be embarrassing and frightening, especially when you consider the potentially serious penalties. This is why it’s so vital to trust your case to an experienced team of Texas defense lawyers, like the team here at The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass.
Our Texas law firm was founded by Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass, a defense attorney who has been practicing for over two decades. Attorney Grass also served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG), in addition to achieving an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
Our legal team has worked with clients accused of state and federal sex crimes, including cases that have proceeded all the way to the United States Supreme Court. So we have the experience required to ensure that you get the aggressive and strategic defense that you deserve!
If you’ve been arrested for sex crimes in Texas, defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are ready to assist. Contact us to discuss your case in a fully confidential case consultation by calling (972) 422-9999.