The recent scandal in Colorado, where students at a high school were discovered to have sent and received hundreds of nude photos of themselves via smartphones, has probably caused many parents in Texas to worry. With the proliferation of cell phones and the lack of judgment that goes with being a teenager, "sexting" by minors has become a national phenomenon.
Being charged with alleged sex crimes involving minors can have life-altering consequences. Prosecutors tend not to be inclined to show any mercy to a defendant facing these charges. If convicted, the defendant can face not only a prison term but also the prospect of being forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. With so much at stake, it is critical for the accused individual to have an aggressive defense.
One of the foundational principles of our criminal justice system is that everyone deserves a defense. It is important for individuals accused of a crime to understand that here are a number of ways to both challenge and fight criminal allegations and charges.
An arrest on a sex crime charge in Texas can turn a person's life upside down. A conviction can result in a long prison sentence. But, even if the defendant has not been convicted, the collateral consequences of the arrest can wreak havoc on their career. Right now a respected Texas physician is experiencing this nightmare firsthand.
Texas' civil commitment program for sex offenders has been the subject of controversy for several years. The program allows courts to order the indefinite civil commitment of sex offenders after they have served their prison sentences if they are deemed likely to re-offend. Individuals convicted of rape, statutory rape, child sex abuse and other sex crimes are confined at facilities where they receive treatment to prepare them to re-enter society. The program has been in place since 1999, and since its inception not one offender has been fully discharged.
An arrest on prostitution charges can have serious consequences in Texas. A conviction can result in significant fines and potential jail time. And, as with any sex crime charge, a prostitution charge can result in severe damage to a person's reputation, leading to job loss and other consequences.
Prostitution is sometimes referred to as "the oldest profession." Whether that's true or not, it's certainly been around in Texas for a long time. Today a conviction on prostitution or solicitation of prostitution charges can result in serious penalties, including fines and jail time. The damage to a person's reputation can be immense, especially if the defendant is a prominent member of the community.
When a person in Houston is accused of being involved in prostitution, it's not simply the criminal aspect of the act that can cause problems, but the accompanying perceptions that come along with it. This is why it's imperative to plan an aggressive defense when confronted with a sex charge. However, many are unaware of how the law in the state views prostitution charges. Knowing the law is the first step to defending oneself against a sex crime charge.
Being accused of a sex crime is a terrible experience to go through. Even if the accused is innocent, the charge alone carries such a stigma that it is difficult to face friends, family and co-workers. Those falsely accused of a sex crime in Houston need an aggressive defense not only to get the charges dismissed, but also to clear their good names in the community.
Charges of engaging in or promoting prostitution can carry serious consequences if the accused individual is convicted. In addition to jail time and fines, the defendant will have a criminal record and often, a damaged reputation.