If you are under investigation or charged with indecency with a child, you are facing some very serious legal repercussions. This charge carries heavy penalties in a conviction. If you are accused of this felony child sex crime, it is imperative that you retain a highly-skilled criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and interests, and to fight to help you avoid conviction, dismiss charges, reduce charges or reduce penalties.
Texas Indecency with a Child Laws
In Texas, if a child accuses a person of an indecent act, it is sufficient evidence for a charge to be filed – even against a person who is completely innocent. Under the Texas Penal Code, Title 5, Chapter 21, Section 21.11, indecency with a child is a crime in which it is believed a person engaged in one of the following acts:
- Sexual contact, or causing a child to engage in sexual contact
- Sexual contact with a child geared to produce sexual desire of another person
- Exposure of certain body parts (anus, genitals) when a child is present
- Making a child expose certain body parts (anus, genitals)
- Any touching, including through clothing of various body parts, including anus, breasts, or genitals involving a child
Defending Charges of Indecency with a Child
Just the accusation that you have committed such an act can destroy your reputation, your good name, and ruin your professional life. It is imperative that your case is managed by a criminal lawyer with deep familiarity with child sex crime defense, and what strategies can lead to a positive outcome.
The defense strategy must be crafted carefully, and your case presented with great skill in court if you hope to avoid a conviction and terrible penalties. In cases in which the age difference between the two parties is less than three years, and there was no duress, and the accused person is not a registered sex offender, the case could be successfully defended on that basis.
Penalties for a Conviction
If convicted, indecency with a child by contact, or indecency with a child by exposure, can lead to fines up to $10,000, along with between two and twenty years in state prison, or a combination of the two. These offenses are second and third degree felonies. Once released from prison, a convicted person will be required to register as a sex offender, will be unable to hold most professional licenses, and will have his or her picture, along with current address, and the crime, easily accessed by anyone with a digital device. Essentially, your life will never be the same.
Get Help Today.
You cannot take risks if accused of this child sex crime; your defense should be initiated at once if you discover you are under investigation, or you were just charged with this very serious crime. Contact Attorney James Alston in Houston for the professional legal counsel you will need to protect your rights with the police, investigators, and in court.