Plano Federal Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer

Are you facing federal sex crime charges? Federal sex offenses account for some of the most harshly punished crimes in the nation and in addition to the potential for imprisonment and fines, suspects also face the possibility of experiencing a significantly adverse impact in other areas of life. If convicted, you’re typically required to register as a sex offender and this, combined with a serious federal felony conviction on your criminal record, can result in lost job opportunities, restrictions on where you can live and limitations on your ability to get an education.

With so much at stake, including your freedom, it’s imperative that you turn to the experienced legal team with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass. Our experienced sex crimes defense lawyers will aggressively defend your case, launching a highly strategic defense in our attempts to bring about the best possible case resolution.

Our sex crimes lawyers handle state and federal cases involving a range of offenses, including:

  • aggravated sexual abuse or rape;
  • pornography, including child pornography;
  • sexual slavery and human trafficking;
  • sex abuse resulting in death; and
  • interstate kidnapping involving sexual assault.

Federal sex crimes tend to be more challenging to defend due to the serious nature of these charges, combined with the extensive investigation and prosecution resources that are available at the federal level. Notably, in cases involving a child or minor, the penalties can be as much as two times more severe than the penalty for a similar crime involving an adult.

If you or a loved one was arrested in Texas for a federal sex crime, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to discuss your case in a free, 100% confidential case consultation session. Call (972) 422-9999.

Common Concerns Following a Federal Sex Crimes Arrest

Defense attorneys with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass have worked to compile information on some of the most common questions and concerns that we address with clients who are facing federal sex crimes.

Why Are Some Crimes Prosecuted at the Federal Level?

The prosecutors will typically decide whether to pursue a sex crime at the federal level. As an American, you are required to adhere to state laws and federal laws. There are some cases where a case could be pursued at the state level or at the federal level. It may be referred to federal prosecutor if the incident is considered extremely serious or complex.

Other cases that may be prosecuted federally include:

  • cases occurring on federal grounds;
  • cases involving interstate travel;
  • cases involving international travel; and
  • cases involving more than one state (i.e. pornography is transmitted from an individual in state A to an individual in state B, without a person actually crossing state lines.)

What Are the Most Common Federal Sex Crimes in Collin County?

There are a number of sex offenses that may be prosecuted under federal law. Some of the more common offenses include:

  • Aggravated Sexual Abuse or Rape – Federal sex crime charges can be filed in some of the most serious cases of aggravated sexual abuse or rape, including those occurring on a federal property. Aggravating factors can include using threats, using physical force or violence, using or threatening the victim with a deadly weapon or drugging the victim. Harsher penalties also apply to children, disabled victims or a victim who is intoxicated or impaired to a degree where they are unable to offer consent.
  • Child Sex Crimes – Federal sex crimes against children carry some of the harshest penalties. These cases can involve child pornography, soliciting a minor for sexual activity over state lines or international borders, kidnapping or trafficking a minor for the purpose of prostitution or sex (including buying and selling child sex slaves), or bringing a minor over a state or federal border with the intent of having sex with that minor.
  • Pornography – Federal pornography-related charges may be filed if an individual is engaged in mailing, selling, distributing or transporting certain pornographic materials over state lines, internationally, via the internet or via television.
  • Kidnapping Involving Sexual Abuse – Federal authorities may prosecute an individual who has sexually abused or raped an individual in the course of a kidnapping, including those involving travel over state lines or international borders. The act of sexually assaulting or abusing the victim is typically viewed as an aggravating factor, resulting in more serious penalties than would usually be imposed for a kidnapping case that lacks the sexual element.
  • Sexual Slavery and Human Trafficking – Federal sexual slavery charges can be filed in cases involving the purchase and sale of an individual who is kept as a sex slave. This offense usually includes psychologically and physically enslaving the victim as well. Some incidents involve trafficking victims over state lines or internationally. Some cases may involve children; these incidents tend to carry a harsher penalty.
  • Sex Abuse Involving Death – If any form of sexual abuse results in death or the sexual assault is coupled with the act of killing the victim, you may face charges of sex abuse involving death.
What is SORNA and What Does It Mean for a Convicted Sex Offender?

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act or SORNA was adopted in 2006, resulting in new, stricter standards for sex offender registration and tracking across the U.S.

Federal sex offenders are required to register as a sex offender. National registry information is shared with state registries (and vice versa) under SORNA. Under SORNA, the length of time that you are required to register as sex offender varies according to your “tier.”

  • Tier I sex offenders are required to register for 15 years.
  • Tier II sex offenders are required to register for 25 years.
  • Tier III sex offenders are required to register for life.

If a federal sex crimes convict fails to keep their SORNA registration current, this is considered a federal crime. This offense carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and fines. Additionally, the SORNA Act allows for a sentence of up to 30 years in cases where an individual commits a violent crime during the time when they were not properly registered.

SORNA also calls for convicted sex offenders to provide the registry with information on interstate travel, foreign travel and visits to federal Indian tribal land.

Our Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Will Defend Your Federal Sex Crimes Case

Federal Sex Crimes Defense LawyerState and federal sex crime charges are among the most aggressively prosecuted and harshly punished crimes. Aside from long prison sentences, sex crime convictions also carry penalties that can scar one’s reputation and alter their life. These charges demand experienced representation. This is precisely where the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass can assist.

At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we understand how much is on the line and our experienced, aggressive defense attorneys will work hard to defend your case using a strategic, well thought out approach. Our attorneys have extensive trial experience, including defending cases that have proceeded all the way to the United States Supreme Court. This experience means we’re well-positioned to oversee your defense.

Our law firm was founded by Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass, a defense attorney who has been in practice since 1993. 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®.

If you or a loved one are facing prosecution for federal sex crimes, defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are ready to assist. Contact us to discuss your case in a fully confidential, no-cost case consultation session. Call (972) 422-9999.