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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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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Houston Cell Phone Photos Lead to Arrest, $20,000 Bond

March 15th, 2012 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

A 58-year-old man was caught taking pictures on his cell phone of a young girl at a local Wal-Mart by the girl’s mother. She alerted a store employee who then called 911. Once police arrived, they were able to identify the photographer as a convicted sex offender, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s office. He […]

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Sex Offenders Not as Likely to Re-Offend as Previously Thought

November 11th, 2011 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Conventional wisdom says that sex offenders need to be harshly punished for their crimes because of their propensity for recidivism. In fact, Texas sex crimes defense attorneys routinely see people convicted of sexually-based offenses sentenced to long prison terms, civilly committed to state institutions or placed on sex offender registries in an attempt to prevent […]

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