Sex Offenses Practice Center
A sex crimes allegation will have a significant impact on your life. Even if you are ultimately acquitted–or are never formally charged–the mere accusation can forever brand you as a “rapist” or a “sex offender” in the eyes of the public. That is why you always must be proactive in defending yourself.
The first thing you need to do is hire a Houston criminal defense attorney who knows how to handle a sex crimes allegation. At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, we provide forceful and uncompromising representation for individuals who are charged with all manners of sexually based offenses. We understand the criminal justice system from both sides–as former prosecutors and now as defense attorneys–and we know all of the tricks that the police and the district attorney will try in order to secure a conviction.
Dealing With Rape and Violent Sex Crimes
The Texas Penal Code defines a number of classes of sex crimes. One thing to note is that “rape” is not actually referred to by that word in the Penal Code. Instead, there are a number of separate offenses that fall under the general description of rape:
- Sexual Assault – Section 22.011 of the Penal Code defines this as any act involving the “penetration” of another person’s anus or sexual organ without their consent. Sexual assault can also include forcible oral sex.
- Aggravated Sexual Assault – This is an elevated charge under Section 22.021 where an alleged sexual assault also involves “serious bodily injury or attempts to cause the death of the victim” or the accused “uses or exhibits a deadly weapon” in connection with the rape, e.g. brandishing a gun.
- “Statutory rape” – It is generally against the law for adults to have sex with minors, even if there is no force or threats involved. More precisely, it is sexual assault for an adult to have intercourse with someone who is 17 or younger when more than three years separates the two parties. For example, it is not a criminal offense for an 18-year-old to have sex wit has a 17-year-old, but it is sexual assault if a 21-year-old has sex with a 17-year-old. In addition, when statutory rape involves someone younger than 14, it is considered aggravated sexual assault regardless of the age difference.
Dealing With Victimless and Non-Violent Sex Crimes
Of course, sex offenses are not limited to rape. Indeed, many sex crimes in Texas involve wholly consensual conduct between adults. And other offenses, such as illegal possession of child pornography, do not require any overt sexual act on the part of the accused. Excluding child pornography, some of the more common “victimless” sex crimes we help people with at the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates include:
- Public Lewdness – Section 21.07 of the Penal Code effectively makes it a misdemeanor to have sex in a “public place.”
- Indecent Exposure – Public nudity is a misdemeanor under Section 21.08 when it is done “with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.”
- Prostitution – It is illegal under Section 43.02 of the Penal Code to either solicit or offer to engage in “sexual conduct” for the “receipt of a fee,” whether that is money or something else of value.
We Will Help You Fight False Sex Crimes Allegations
While sexual assault and offenses involving children are never acceptable, it is an unfortunate reality that many people are the victims of false allegations. In a heated child custody dispute, for instance, one parent may “coach” a child into making a false allegation of molestation in order to gain leverage in negotiations. Even among teenagers or adults, a spurned lover may cry “rape” to exact revenge.
The important thing to remember if you are falsely accused of a sex crime is that you are not alone. You have the right to the assistance of a qualified Houston criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Association proudly represents individuals in the Houston, Galveston, and League City areas who have been accused of sexually based offenses. Contact us today at (281) 280-0100 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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