Sex Crimes

Houston Sex Crime Defense Lawyer

Arrested for a sexual offense?

Defending against sex crime allegations can be a considerable challenge because the nature of the offense often makes it easy to accuse and difficult to defend against. Even so, careful preparation of the case may make it possible to have the charges dismissed or even to acquit you at trial.

For example, it is sometimes possible to beat rape charges by arguing that the defendant has been mistakenly identified as the perpetrator. In child pornography cases, the defense may be based on the fact that the suspect's Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure has been violated by a search without a warrant. There are many ways to fight the charges, but the key to success is to take action as early as possible.

Texas Sex Offender Registration

One of the worst aspects of a conviction for a sex crime is the fact that you could end up being ordered to register as a sex offender. State law provides a long list of registerable offenses, including:

  • Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children
  • Indecency with a child
  • Sexual assault
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Prohibited sexual conduct
  • Possession or promotion of child pornography

Upon your release from prison, you would be required to register with the local law enforcement agency, whether you remain in Houston or move elsewhere. The police or sheriff would then notify the local schools of your presence as a sex offender, as well as submitting your information to the Texas Department of Public Safety for inclusion in the sex offender database.

The database is posted online on a publicly accessible website, where you would have a profile that includes:

  • Your photograph
  • Your physical description
  • Your home address and work address
  • Details about the age and gender of the victim
  • Details about the specific offense for which you were convicted

You would be required to continue to register for a period lasting from ten years to life, depending on the severity of the offense, and failure to comply with this requirement is chargeable as a felony offense. It is not possible to escape the stigma of sex offender registration by moving out of Texas, since every other state in the country maintains its own registration program. Don't let this happen to you - fill out a free case evaluation to learn about your defense options and to find out how our Houston criminal defense lawyers can take action on your behalf!

Accused of a sexual offense in Houston? We can fight for your rights and reputation!

If you have been accused of committing a sexual criminal offense in Houston or anywhere in Texas, you can come to Guerra & Farah, PLLC for help. Our Houston criminal attorneys have nearly 30 years of experience, and we have a long track record of success in fighting to protect the rights of our clients. Even the fact of being accused of a sex crime can have a devastating impact on your family and social relationships, your reputation and your career, regardless of whether you are convicted.

Our goal is to help you avoid the serious criminal consequences you face, as well as to limit the damage to your reputation by resolving the situation quickly and discretely. Contact us today to learn how our criminal defense team can aggressively defend your rights and reputation before the courts.

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