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Sex Crimes Overview

Houston Sex Crimes Lawyer

Houston Sex Crimes Lawyer

Facing any type of criminal charge can have a significant impact on you and your family. But sex crimes cases are especially traumatic, as they carry a social stigma that is often not erased even if the charges are dropped or the accused is found not guilty. That is why it is incumbent upon you to be proactive in fighting any allegations involving rape, prostitution, or sex crimes involving minors.

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At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, we have nearly two decades of experience in defending residents of Houston and the surrounding area against a wide range of sex crimes allegations. Attorney Tad Nelson is a former prosecutor himself, and he understands how local district attorneys and judges approach these cases. He and his team will put that knowledge to work for you if you are accused of any of the following criminal offenses:

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A Sex Crimes Conviction Will Follow You For Life

Beyond the immediate criminal penalties for a conviction, notably a lengthy prison sentence, many sex crimes convictions in Texas will also require you to register as a sex offender with local authorities–potentially for the rest of your life. Many people do not appreciate this reality when first accused. Indeed, many accused individuals falsely assume a “registered sex offender” must be a hard-core rapist. But the Texas sex offender registry is quite broad and includes offenses like indecent exposure.

In addition, the Law Offices of Tad Nelson understands that in many cases, a person is the victim of false allegations of sexual misconduct. We often see this is family law situations, where an estranged spouse may falsely accuse the other of sexual assault–against them or a child–in a misguided attempt to gain the upper hand in a divorce or child custody proceeding. Whatever the scenario, we always take an aggressive approach to contesting false allegations where there is often no evidence beyond the accuser’s uncorroborated statements.

Strategies for Defending Sex Crimes Charges in Texas

Being accused of a sex offense in Texas can not just be life-changing; it can potentially ruin many aspects of life if you are convicted. Unfortunately, due to their nature, police, prosecutors, and other members of the criminal justice community vigorously prosecute sex crimes cases. The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that there are around 14,775 rapes committed every year, a category that includes sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, and various offenses involving minors. If you were arrested, you face jail time and fines depending on the nature of the charges. Plus, you will be required to register as a sex offender long after you serve your sentence.

Texas Sex Crimes Defense Strategies

Under these circumstances, it is clear that retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney is critical. There are multiple tactics for fighting sex offense charges, and your first opportunities to do so arise very early in your case. Your Houston sex crimes lawyer will develop a wide array of defense strategies for protecting your rights, such as:

Exercising Your Rights: The first defense strategy in a criminal case starts with you since you are the one who will need to exercise your rights under the US and Texas Constitutions. From your initial encounter with police, do not make any statements, answer questions, or provide information to officers. Your right to remain silent is critical, even if you want to express your innocence. Your right to counsel is another critical issue, so contact our team of attorneys immediately.

Use Tactics That Consider the Source: False allegations of sex crimes are usually motivated by some underlying factor or issue, so your defense strategy should incorporate these collateral matters. This is especially true when an arrest for a sexual offense is linked to:

  •         A divorce case;
  •         Child custody, visitation, and support proceedings;
  •         The accuser’s financial circumstances or desire to cover up a consensual encounter;
  •         A minor accuser who may be susceptible to suggestions by others who seek your conviction.

Challenge the Prosecutor’s Evidence: The prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the highest standard in the entire US judicial system. Meeting this burden requires solid, accurate proof, and this can be difficult to obtain due to the nature of sex offenses. Therefore, your defense strategy revolves around exposing weaknesses in the prosecutor’s evidence, such as defects in the chain of custody for DNA samples or inconsistent statements by your accuser. These challenges can be made by working closely with our criminal defense attorney. Our team will dedicate our time to building a strong defense and studying your case to be ready to challenge accusations that may not hold much ground. 

In addition, you may have grounds to have inadmissible evidence tossed out of court if it was obtained through a violation of your civil rights or other police misconduct.

Raise Defenses: When it is your turn to present your case, you may also have defenses that could result in acquittal or dismissal of the charges. Examples include mistaken identity, consent, or lack of intent. Working with our team can find all possible defenses for your case to work to have the charges dropped or reduced. 

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Also remember, anyone may be accused of a sex crime, including women and juveniles. And once you are formally charged, the media and the public are likely to assume that you must be guilty. The only thing that may be standing between you and a conviction is the assistance of a qualified Houston sex crimes defense lawyer. Even if you only suspect you are under investigation for a sex crime, call the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates today at (281) 280-0100  to speak with an attorney right away.

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