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Sex crime accusations are on the rise in the age of online dating. With more and more people in Houston and the surrounding areas using dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, it’s never been easier to hook up. And while the vast majority of interactions are consensual, Tinder and other dating platforms allow for consensual acts to be framed as non-consensual later on. This can result in people facing unjustified sex crime charges. Fortunately, law enforcement in Houston usually only moves forward with criminal cases when there is evidence of… The post When Tinder Dates End with Sex Crime Charges
Statutory rape is generally thought of as an adult having sexual contact with an adolescent. And under Texas law, it is harshly punished even when both parties consented. As a possible felony, statutory rape can mean prison and registration as a sex offender. Unfortunately, many young adults end up registering as sex offenders for having relations with a boyfriend or girlfriend only a few years younger than them. If you are facing criminal accusations due to consensual sex, contact The Law Offices of Ned Barnett now. Ned Barnett knows the… The post Do You Have to Register As a Sex
Texas has had peeping tom laws since 2015 when the state created the crime of voyeurism. Previously, peeping toms could only be prosecuted for disorderly conduct. Now, in cases where there’s evidence that someone spies on others to satisfy a sexual urge, a prosecutor may bring voyeurism charges. If you’re accused of violating the state’s peeping tom laws, contact a criminal defense lawyer from The Law Offices of Ned Barnett at (713) 222-6767 to schedule a free and confidential case consultation. Hiring an attorney immediately could be the difference between… The post Texas Peeping Tom Laws appeared first on Houston
Sexual assault in Texas covers various acts but factors like the ages of those involved matter a lot. For example, charges of sexual assault by minors are treated much differently than sexual assaults perpetrated by adults. The age of the alleged victim and offender will determine whether or not the matter is handled in the juvenile system or traditional adult courts. It also influences the consequences of a conviction, which can be tremendous and life-long. No matter what, if your minor child is accused of sexual assault in Texas, you… The post When Minors are Accused of Sexual Assault in
Individuals convicted of sex crimes under Texas Law are generally required to register as a sex offender. The actual requirements on how to register and when depend on the situation and mistakes happen. Unfortunately, this exposes people to new and harshly punished charges that could send to prison. Some people simply don’t understand the reporting requirements, but those required to do so need to be careful. Texas law is strict in regard to sex offender reporting and takes compliance seriously. At The Law Offices of Ned Barnett, we are available… The post Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Penalties
Being accused of touching someone inappropriately is always serious. In the past, groping was only punishable with a small fine, but in 2019 Texas raised the severity of groping, defining it as “indecent sexual assault,” and making it a class A misdemeanor. Don’t take an allegation that you groped someone lightly or try to handle things on your own. You could face a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Charged with groping or any sexual assault? Call The Law Offices of Ned Barnett at (713) 222-6767, or reach out… The post Is Groping Illegal in Texas? appeared first on…
If you were arrested for a Houston sex crime and later released on bail, be very careful about what you do. A mistake can result in your bail getting revoked. This means dealing with your charges from behind bars and seriously damaging your case. Defending against sex crime accusations is crucial, but you also need to think about securing your release from custody and how to act while out on bail. If you need assistance posting bail after you or a loved one was charged with a Houston- area sex… The post How to Act When Out on Bail for
Everyone knows that sexual harassment is wrong. But at what point does it become a crime? The answer depends on state law. In Texas, sexual harassment may be charged as harassment, assault, or in serious cases – sexual assault. These charges carry heavy fines, possible imprisonment, and lifelong damage to your reputation. A judge might also issue a restraining order against you, even before you’ve been convicted of any wrongdoing. If you’re worried that sexual harassment allegations are about to turn criminal, you need help from an experienced Houston sex… The post Can Sexual Harassment Be a Crime? appeared first…
When someone is convicted of a sex crime in Texas, and punished with imprisonment, probation, and sex offender registration, it is to both punish and prevent them from committing similar crimes. However, people often find themselves accused and charged with subsequent sex offenses after being released despite these efforts. Is this due to the stigma attached to sex crime convictions or are sex offenders’ risk at a higher of reoffending? Committing any sex offense is a serious crime. But a second sex crime charge will lead to even harsher statutory… The post Texas Penalties for Sex Offenders with Priors appeared…
Beginning September 29, 2020, Houston police have the authority to cite-and-release instead of making arrests on certain low-level offenses. Modeled after similar programs in other jurisdictions where misdemeanor violations receive tickets rather than a trip to jail, police officials believe the program could cut down on thousands of arrests. While attempting to decrease the amount of people in the Harris County justice system is admirable, these citations should still not be taken lightly. There are still consequences to your criminal record and the policy of issuing citations is not mandatory…. The post Does Houston’s Cite-And-Release Program Do Enough to Reduce