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3 Reasons Not to Take a Polygraph Test

If you are under investigation for a sex crime in Harris County (Houston) or anywhere in Texas, you might be asked to take a polygraph test (a.k.a. “lie detector test”). The request might come from a police detective, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) or Child Protective Services (CPS). While it …

Age of Consent in Texas

In Texas, the age of consent is 17. A person who engages in virtually any kind of sexual activity with a child under 17 may be charged with Sexual Assault of a Child.  There are important exceptions to the age of consent law in Texas and there is at least one way to …

Did She Keep a Diary Or Facebook Page?

Children who accuse adults of sex crimes in Harris County and elsewhere often chronicle their lives and thoughts. It is fairly common for a child complainant to keep a diary or maintain a social media page on websites such as Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest. A complainant might put similar information in text messages, …

Sexual Assault Laws: What a Houston Sex Crimes Attorney can Advise

Texas state law imposes steep penalties for convictions of sexual assault, classified as a second-degree felony (if not aggravated) at a minimum, and can be elevated to a first degree based on the number of aggravating circumstances. A second-degree felony carries a potential penalty of two to 20 years imprisonment, while a first-degree …

How a Houston Sex Crimes Lawyer can help you with your Child Porn Case

Sex crimes are serious matters which the Lone Star State does not tolerate nor belittle, which is why the Penal Code provides strict punishment for offenders. Possession of child pornography materials, for instance, could have the court adding weight to your penalty due to aggravating factors, such as the number and type of …

Houston Sex Crimes Attorney Protects Male Defendants from Oppression

Criminal defendants, at least in theory, are protected by a presumption of innocence. That is the underpinning of the comprehensive anti-rape report issued by the White House, as lawyer and writer Jill Filipovic reports in an article for news channel Al Jazeera America. The 34-page document presents solutions to rape and sexual assault …

Plea Bargains: Reduced Sentences via a Top Houston Sex Crimes Lawyer

Some defendants who seek to reduce their sentences choose to plead guilty or “no contest” and ask for a plea agreement. In most cases involving second-degree felonies, such as an improper teacher-student relationship, probation and fines may be meted out as punishment instead of imprisonment. Web reporter Carol Kuruvilla’s article for NY Daily …