Texas Prosecutors Make Aggressive Use of “Human Trafficking” Law to Address Sex Crimes

November 19th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Sex Crime

Human trafficking–also known as sex trafficking–is traditionally understood to mean “the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act,” according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Sex trafficking is normally associated with the act of transporting someone across state or international lines for the purposes of […]

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3 Quick Facts About Texas Romeo & Juliet Laws

July 23rd, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Sex Crime, Sexual Assault

You probably do not expect the ill-fated heroes from a Shakespearean tragedy to come to your rescue when charged with a sex offense, but Texas’ Romeo and Juliet statutes may provide a defense. Knowing that sexual assault of a child is one of the most serious sex crimes defined by state law, it is a […]

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Sealing a Criminal Sex Offense Record

March 23rd, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Under Texas law, those who are convicted of certain criminal offenses could qualify to have their record sealed at a later date. This means that most employers and members of the public wouldn’t have access to those records. Determining whether you qualify to have your own criminal record sealed can be difficult, so if you […]

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Aggravated Sex Crimes

February 18th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Unlike many other types of crimes, sex offenses are usually charged as felonies. Felony sex crime convictions come with severe penalties, including lengthy prison sentences, as well as mandatory registration as a sex offender upon release. Those who are charged with aggravated sex crimes, however, face particularly harsh punishments, making it especially important for defendants […]

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What You Should Know About Consent Laws in Texas

January 25th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

It is not uncommon for people to be charged with a sex crime regardless of their intent, especially if there is confusion amongst the parties about what qualifies as consent. For this reason, having an understanding of what consent means under Texas law is crucial, including how a person’s age or intoxication level could affect […]

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Misdemeanor Sex Crimes

November 24th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Most sex crimes in Texas are prosecuted as felony offenses, which carry mandatory jail time and sometimes the requirement of registration as a sex offender. Some sex crimes, however, namely those that don’t involve violence or penetrative sexual contact, can be charged as misdemeanors, which means that a defendant could receive probation instead of jail […]

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Can Prosecutors Introduce a Defendant’s Porn Collection as Evidence of Sexual Assault?

October 23rd, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

In a criminal trial, the prosecution’s job is to prove that the defendant committed the alleged offense. The objective is not to put the defendant’s overall character on trial. Indeed, under Texas law, such character evidence is inadmissible to prove the defendant’s guilt with respect to the actual charges. Unfortunately, we often see prosecutors try […]

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When Can a Person Convicted of a Sex Crime Request New Testing of DNA Evidence?

September 25th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Contrary to what television crime dramas would have you believe, DNA testing is not a mistake-proof way of identifying criminal suspects. Indeed, like any scientific method, the process of DNA testing has been altered and refined over the years to the point where many older test results would no longer be considered valid. Yet there […]

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Is an Accuser’s Testimony Enough to Send a Person Charged with a Sex Crime to Prison for Life?

July 27th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Sex crimes involving child victims often draw the harshest penalties under Texas law. For example, the offense of continuous sexual abuse of young child or children is a first-degree felony. This means that if convicted, a defendant faces a potential life sentence–or at a minimum, at least 25 years in prison. Houston Court Upholds 50-Year […]

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Why Jury Bias Matters When It Comes to Sex Crimes Cases

June 24th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

The right to a jury trial is fundamental to our criminal justice system. Having an impartial, unbiased jury is especially crucial in cases involving alleged sex crimes and sex offenses. By their very nature, these charges are deeply emotional and understandably provoke a sympathetic reaction in favor of the accusers. As a result, judges must […]

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