In Texas, sex crimes are prosecuted severely. Judges, prosecutors, and juries have little mercy for these charges because of their alarming nature. Sentences can be harsh and it is often extremely difficult to get them reduced.
If you’ve been charged with sxual assault, you need an experienced sex crimes lawyer to fight for you.
Edward Estrada is the sexual assault attorney in Tyler, TX you want on your side. He will carefully examine every detail of your charges to develop a robust defense.
Sex crimes or sexual assault take on many different forms in many different contexts, including workplaces, schools, churches, home, and social media. Each type of incident comes with varying consequences depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.
Whatever charges you are faced with, it is vital to hire an attorney who will protect your rights and help ensure you get a fair trial.
How we approach your case and strategically amass a solid defense on your behalf depends on the specifics of the charges you face. Your total cooperation and forthrightness with your attorney is essential to ensure the best possible outcome.
Rest assured you are protected by attorney-client privilege, and you have the freedom to be transparent with us concerning the details of your case.
Below are some of the most common sex crime charges defendants face when they seek our help:
In Texas, rape and molestation are considered Sexual Assault.
The main factor in determining sexual assault, as well as most other sex crimes, comes down to consent — whether it was given as well as how it is defined.
Consent is more than receiving a simple yes or no. According to Texas law, for example, a child under the age of 17 is incapable of giving sexual consent to an adult. The same is true for someone who is mentally disabled or incapacitated.
If found guilty, Sexual Assault can result in a significant time in jail, ranging from 2 to 20 years. You will also have to pay a hefty fine upwards of $10,000 and register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
Sexual assault can be elevated to the status of an aggrivated sexual assault in a few circumstances:
Agravated Sexual Assault comes with harsher penalties than Sexual Assault, as you might expect. Punishments include 5 to 99 years in prison, required sex offender registration, and a fine of up to $10,000.
A person can be charged with Indecency with a child for any contact involving the “private areas,” even if the actor and the child remain fully clothed. Penalties for indecency depend on the details of the crime.
Indecent exposure, which involves either exposing yourself or coercing a child to do so, will be charged as a third degree felony. Third degree felonies can result in a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 10 years. Indecent contact, on the other hand, is a second degree felony and comes with a sentence of 2 to 20 years. In either case, you will be required to register as a sex offender.
Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child is one of the most difficult types of cases to defend and requires the skills of a highly experienced attorney. To be charged, the crime must meet two specific criteria:
Penalties for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child range from a minimum of 25 years up to life in prison. You will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
If you knowingly or intentionally possess or have access to pornographic material involving a child younger than 18 years old, you can be charged with Possession of Child Pornography.
Possession of Child Pornography is a third degree felony and penalties range from 2 to 10 years and mandatory sex offender registration. If you have at least six identical photos or videos, the state will assume that you plan to distribute the material, which may result in a more severe sentence.
If a person over 17 communicates sexually with or sends sexual material to a minor via email, text (sexting), social media, or another online medium, the actor can be charged with Online Solicitation of a Minor. You may also be charged with this crime if you attempt to solicit a minor to meet you or someone else for the purpose of sexual contact.
If the minor is at least 14 but younger than 17, the crime is charged as a third degree felony (2-10 years in jail). If the minor is younger than that, the crime becomes a second degree felony (2-20 years).
As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, Edward Estrada is equipped to handle your case, no matter how complex. Even the seemingly minutest detail could be the difference between a severe penalty and a reduced sentence, or even dismissal. That’s why it’s essential to contact him immediately to discuss the details of your case and get highly valuable legal advice.
Some of the many possible defenses we can present, depending on the circumstances of your case, include the following:
If you are facing criminal charges, you need a lawyer who knows what he is doing. Edward Estrada will give your case the attention it needs and will do everything possible to ensure that you receive the fair trial you deserve.
Contact Estrada Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.