How a Prior Sex Crimes Conviction Can Land You in Jail for Life

June 24th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

A sex crimes charge in Texas takes on special weight if the defendant has a prior criminal record, even from another state. Under Section 12.42 of the Texas Penal Code, a defendant faces a life sentence if he is convicted of certain sex crimes and has a previous conviction “under the laws of another state […]

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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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What You Need to Know About Misdemeanor Sexual Offenses

April 23rd, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Misdemeanor Crimes, Sex Crime

There are a variety of misdemeanor offenses in Texas that broadly fall within the category of sexual offenses. We are not talking about rape, sexual assault, or other violent crimes. Rather, these misdemeanors include such things as “voyeurism”–i.e., spying on someone for purses of sexual arousal or gratification–or “indecent exposure.” These crimes may seem harmless […]

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How Texas Prosecutors “Throw the Kitchen Sink” at Sex Crimes Defendants

March 26th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

When it comes to sex crimes allegations, Houston-area prosecutors are generally not just confined to presenting evidence of the alleged criminal act itself. The state may introduce evidence of other potential crimes that sheds light on “the character of the defendant and acts performed in conformity with the character of the defendant.” However, this evidence […]

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Is a Jury Allowed to Hear from Other Accusers in a Child Sex Crimes Case?

February 26th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

As a general rule, prosecutors cannot show that you committed a crime by pointing to other bad acts you might have committed in order to prove you are capable of committing the charged offense. But there is an important exception to this rule. When charged with a sex offense or sex crime against a child, […]

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Can You Get a Sex Crimes Arrest Expunged From Your Record?

January 28th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

A sex crimes conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. Even after you have served any prison time or term of community supervision, the record of the crime can make it impossible to find a job or even rent an apartment. But what if your conviction is later overturned or invalidated by […]

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How Does Civil Commitment Work for Texas Sex Offenders?

December 21st, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

When it comes to sex crimes, a defendant may face additional confinement even after completing their prison sentence. Texas law authorizes prosecutors to seek “civil commitment” of individuals believed to be “sexually violent predators.” Civil commitment requires a separate jury trial. If prosecutors can prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant meets the statutory […]

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Understanding Your Right to Confront Your Accuser in a Rape Trial

November 26th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Every criminal defendant has a constitutional right to confront the witnesses against them. Such rights are especially crucial in sex crimes cases, where the accuser’s testimony is often the single most critical piece of evidence introduced against the defendant. If there are any concerns about the credibility accuser’s testimony, it is critical for the defense […]

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Can I Be Charged with a Felony If I Fail to Update My Sex Offender Registration?

October 26th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Many convictions for sex offenses and sex crimes in Texas carry with it a requirement to register as a sex offender. In many cases, this means the offender must annually update law enforcement about their address, employment, and even vehicle registration, for the rest of their life. And failure to register as required carries significant […]

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