Sex Crimes Increase in Harris County—But Defendants Can Still Fight the Charges

May 5th, 2022 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

According to reporting by Community Impact, Harris County saw a significant rise in sexual assault cases in 2021 compared to the prior year. In some categories, reported crimes increased almost 100% compared to 2020. With prosecutors taking these crimes more seriously, anyone accused of a Houston sex crime should quickly reach out to an experienced […]

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What You Need to Know About the Texas Sex Offender Registry

February 18th, 2022 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Anyone who is facing charges for sex offenses under Texas state or federal law may be required to register as a sex offender with the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program. Even seemingly minor offenses that result in a conviction can require sex offender registration, and the consequences can be dramatic and significant. If you have […]

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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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How “Promoting” Prostitution Can Lead to Serious Felony Charges

May 28th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Even when it involves two consenting parties, prostitution is still classified as a sex crime in Texas. Similarly, it is a crime to “promote” prostitution by acting as a middleman or forcing someone to engage in prostitution against their will. And when alleged promotion of prostitution involves minors, Texas prosecutors will make every effort to […]

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Can a Texas Jury “Infer” the Timeline of a Defendant’s Alleged Sexual Abuse?

April 24th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Many sex offenses and sex crimes have very specific definitions under Texas law. So when a particular offense includes certain elements, it is the prosecutor’s job to prove each element “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Neither the prosecutor nor the judge can ask a jury to “infer” the existence of certain elements without the requisite proof. […]

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