These types of offenses range from low level class B misdemeanors up the most serious felonies some of which carry life in prison. If a person is charged with any type of sex offense, they should talk with an attorney competent in this area of the law as soon as possible. If you have been charged, arrested, indicted, and / or accused, don't wait until the system progresses on your case and causes you to miss windows of opportunity that could help your case or in some situations allow the case to be dismissed or no-billed at the grand jury level. I repeat, do not wait. Call an attorney now to discuss your case, especially if you have just been charged or became aware of an impending charge.
Sex Offenses Can Have Grave Consequences
Sometimes even the low level misdemeanors can serious repercussions. For example, the class B misdemeanor of Indecent Exposure could, if a second conviction for that offense, result in you having to register as a sex offender. This would cause your picture and name to be on the internet and result in other bad consequences. The more serious charges such as aggravated sexual assault could cause you to go to prison for 99 years to life and, even if you get some type of probation, you may have to register as a sex offender for life. In some cases, you may even be committed to an institution after you serve your time. In one of the most serious charges, continuous sexual abuse of child, a person cannot get probation and would be sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in the pen. On top of all of that, if you have children, in serious cases, CPS may come and take them away from you and not give them back unless you are found not guilty or the case is no-billed.
A Fairly New Sex Offense
A relatively new sex offense which all should be aware of is on line solicitation of a minor. This is a second degree felony (2-20 years in pen) and is meant to ensnare people before they can actually commit a sexual assault or some other sex offense against a child. For example, a person is on the internet and chats with someone he has been led to believe is under 17 years old. If he makes a rendezvous and goes out to meet the minor, it is a second degree felony. In some cases, the police are accompanied by the news media and the person ‘s reputation is destroyed. Oddly, the “minor” does not even have to be a real minor; the “minor” could be a 55 year old detective posing as someone under 17.
Please note that this offense has 2 parts. The first part is where a person talks “dirty” to the minor but does not make a rendezvous. This section has been declared unconstitutional and if you have or know someone that has been convicted or put on deferred adjudication for this section of the offense, it is possible that some action can be taken to overturn the case. We have handled several cases like this where we were successful in getting the case overturned and all traces of the offense expunged.
Hopefully it has been shown here that the consequences of sex offenses are drastic and Draconian and no one should attempt to face these types of charges without an attorney that is competent in this area of the law. I again repeat, do not wait. Call an attorney now to discuss your case, especially if you have just been charged or became aware of an impending charge of this type. You can call us at 972-722-0887 or text us at 972-814-7318 to setup a free confidential phone consultation. If you email us, do not put any facts connected to the case in the communication.
Our firm has and does effectively handle many cases of this type from the lowest levels to the most serious and would be glad to discuss your situation and options. Some of our results have been to get many clients no-billed in the grand jury (this usually means the end of the case), to get the sex charge changed to a non sex charge which avoids having to register as a sex offender, getting the court to place a person on probation instead of sending him to prison, getting a special type of probation which allows the case to be dismissed at a later date, getting the charge reduced to a misdemeanor, and other satisfactory outcomes for our clients. At trial we will use all of our skills to achieve a not guilty verdict for you. Our guarantee to any client is that we will do the best we can on his/her case and strive for the best outcome we can achieve. We stress being courteous, compassionate, and understanding with our clients. Call us at 972-722-0887 or text us at 972-814-7318 anytime to discuss your options.