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Accused of a Sex Crime Against a Minor?

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In Texas, there are various statutes involving sex offenses against minors and those against children. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a crime involving a minor/child, we invite you to contact the Houston sex crime attorneys at The Law Offices of Jed Silverman. We provide free case reviews to you can learn your legal rights and options!

Sex Crimes Involving Minors

  • Sec. 43.24 “Sale, Distribution, or Display of Harmful Material to Minor”
  • Sec. 43.261 “Electronic Transmission of Certain Visual Material Depicting Minor”
  • Sec. 33.021 “Online Solicitation of a Minor”

Sex Crimes Involving Children

  • Sec. 43.04(2) “Compelling Prostitution, Child Under 18”
  • Sec. 43.23(h)(1-3) “Obscenity”
  • Sec. 43.25 “Sexual Performance by a Child”
  • Sec. 43.251 “Employment Harmful to children”
  • Sec. 43.26 “Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography”
  • Sec. 22.011(2) “Sexual Assault, Child”
  • Sec. 21.02 “Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Children”
  • Sec. 21.11 “Indecency with a Child”
  • Sec. 25.02 “Prohibited Sexual Conduct”

What is the age of consent in Texas?

Statutory rape in Texas could be prosecuted under two different provisions of the penal code – Sec. 22.011 and Sec. 43.25. Under the former, the age of consent is 17, while the offense under section 43.25 is an age of consent set at 18.

Who is considered a “child” or “minor” in Texas?

Texas statutes define “child” as “a person younger than 17 years of age.” Texas sometimes uses the word “minor” instead of “child” and defines this term as “an individual who is younger than 17 years of age OR an individual whom the actor believes to be younger than 17.” However, Texas Penal Code Sec. 43.261 defines “minor” as “a person younger than 18 years of age.”

Registering As a Sex Offender in Texas

A conviction for many of these offenses will warrant sex offender registration. Crimes involving children on the list of “reportable convictions or adjudications” include:

  • Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children
  • Sexual assault
  • Prohibited sexual conduct
  • Sexual performance by a child
  • Possession or promotion of child pornography
  • Online solicitation of a minor
  • Obscenity
  • Indecency with a child

Houston sex crime attorney Jed Silverman represents clients in state and federal courts throughout Texas. Right now, you need an experienced lawyer to protect your rights and your future. Start by calling us at (713) 597-2221 or contact us online today.

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