How Houston Juries Resolve “He Said/She Said” Rape Cases

September 20th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Rape trials often come down to the conflicting testimony of the accuser and the defendant. Even though prosecutors must prove all elements of their case “beyond a reasonable doubt,” it is still possible to convict a person charged with rape in a “he said/she said” scenario based primarily on accuser testimony. As far as most […]

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Can Evidence of Prior Bad Acts Convict Me of Rape in Texas?

July 27th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Sexual assault and rape are perhaps the most serious crimes in Texas short of murder. Texas classifies many types of sexual assault as a first-degree felony, meaning a conviction carries the potential for a life prison sentence. And given the public outrage that typically accompanies rape cases–especially when the alleged victims are children–prosecutors will stop […]

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Is it a Crime in Texas for a High School Teacher to Sleep With a Student?

May 11th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

When in comes to sex crimes in Texas, the nature of the relationship between the defendant and the victim matters. For example, the Texas Penal Code contains special provisions for cases involving an “improper relationship between educator and student.” In other words, if a teacher is having sex with a student at the school they […]

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Animated Child Porn: Legal or Illegal?

March 2nd, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

It is well-established under both federal and state laws that the manufacture, possession, and/or distribution of child pornography – that is, photographs and/or videos of children engaged in sexual acts, simulated sexual acts, or abusive situations – can land a person in serious legal trouble. In many situations, a person convicted of such an offense […]

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Simple Ways to Protect Yourself Online

July 12th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

The Internet is an essential part of modern daily life. But along with the conveniences afforded by online services, there are also legal risks. And while staying safe online is often a matter of common sense, it is important to constantly take stock of your own Internet practices to make sure you are not inadvertently […]

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Common Sex Crimes Allegations in America’s Schools

June 23rd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

The term “sex crimes” is usually associated with rape or violent assault. But sex crimes, particularly those involving school-age children, include a wide category of offenses, many of which might seem benign to you. There is nothing benign, however, about the serious effects of a sex crimes conviction. Statutory Rape Forcible rape is a crime […]

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What to Do If You’re Falsely Accused of a Sex Crime

June 2nd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

There are many reasons why someone might make a false accusation of rape, sexual assault, child molestation, or a similar sex crime: A parent looking to gain the upper hand in a custody battle, an angry ex-partner seeking revenge, or just someone looking to extort money. Whatever the reason, if you have been falsely accused of […]

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How to Handle Sexual Allegations

April 7th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

A sex crimes allegation can be devastating for someone who is completely innocent of any wrongdoing. The publicity and social media attention that attaches to a mere allegation of a sex crime can seriously injure a person’s reputation, family, and career. That it why, if you or a loved one has been accused of any type […]

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How to Register as a Sex Offender in Texas

March 7th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Like most states, Texas maintains an extensive system for the registration and notification of sex offenders. Actually, this is not only applicable to sex crimes such as rape and sexual abuse. Texas law requires registration for persons convicted of wide variety of felonies, including prostitution, kidnapping, and burglary. If you have been convicted of an eligible […]

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How Modern Mobile Apps Set Up Students to Commit Cyber Crimes

October 16th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Today’s news headlines are full of stories about teenagers who are being prosecuted nationwide for sexting, or sending explicit pictures to other teenagers via modern mobile apps like Snapchat and Instagram. For example, in May, 2014, authorities arrested two middle school boys and a minor girl in Chicago on child pornography trafficking charges. The boys […]

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