Sex Offenses Attorney

Fort Worth Sex Crimes Attorney Justin Sparks

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A conviction for a sex crime can mean a lengthy prison sentence and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Other than murder, there is no criminal offense that is treated as harshly by judges and juries. There is a general fear and hatred of sex offenders by the public that can lead to an unjust verdict if you don’t have an experienced Fort Worth sex crimes defense lawyer to handle the allegations against you.

Sexual assault cases generally go to trial due to the nature of the accusation. A thorough investigation and trial preparation by a skilled attorney can sometimes result in the dismissal or reduction of charges against you depending on the facts of the case and the witnesses available to testify on your behalf.

Justin Sparks is a former prosecutor and an experienced Fort Worth sex crimes defense attorney who possesses the know-how, negotiation skills, and tactics to assist you in navigating a path through the criminal justice system. Justin offers free, confidential case evaluations. Do not gamble with your future; avoid crippling consequences by calling Justin Sparks today.

What Constitutes a Sex Crime in Texas?

Sexual Assault & Indecency Crimes and Expected Consequences

Sexual assault and other sex crimes are treated with much gravity in Texas, with the consequences often involving fines and jail time. If you are charged of a sex crime involving a child, or indecency with a child, you will likely face an even harsher prosecution and penalties. The following can all be classified as sexual offenses in Texas:

Sexual Assault Offenses

Sexual Assault. This offense occurs if an offender causes the penetration of the sexual organ, mouth, or anus without the consent of the victim. Punishment is 2-20 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.

Aggravated Sexual Assault. This offense occurs when an offender causes the
penetration of the sexual organ, mouth, or anus without the consent of the victim and causes serious bodily injury, places the victim in fear of death, or uses a deadly weapon. Punishment is 5-99 years or life in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.

Sexual Assault of a Child. This offense occurs if an offender causes the penetration of the sexual organ, mouth, or anus of a child younger than 17 years of age. If the victim consents, it is a defense only if the child is 14 or older and the offender is within 3 years of the victim’s age. Punishment is 2-20 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.

Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. This offense occurs if an offender causes the penetration of the sexual organ, mouth, or anus of a child younger than 14 years of age. Punishment is 5-99 years or life in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.

Indecency Offenses

Indecency with a Child. This offense occurs if the offender, with the intent to arouse or gratify his sexual desire,

  • Engages in sexual contact with a child younger than 17 by touching the breast, genitals, or anus of the child, or
  • Exposes his genitals or anus in the presence of a child younger than 17

It is a defense if the offender is within 3 years of the age of the victim and did not use force or threats. Sexual contact punishment is 2-20 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000. Exposure punishment is 2-10 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.

Additional Sex Crime Offenses

Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child. This offense occurs when an offender commits two or more acts of sexual abuse against a victim who under 17 during a 30-day period. Punishment is 25-99 years or life in prison.

Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student. This offense occurs when an employee of a public or private school engages in sexual conduct with a student of a school or, with the intent to commit a sexual offense, communicates in a sexually explicit manner, distributes sexually explicit material, or solicits sexual conduct from a student over the internet, by email, or text message with the intent to commit a sexual offense. Punishment is 2-20 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.

Online Solicitation of a Minor. This offense occurs when an offender, with the intent to commit a sexual offense, communicates in a sexually explicit manner, distributes sexually explicit material, or solicits sexual conduct from a minor under 17 over the internet, by email, or text message with the intent to commit a sexual offense. Punishment is 2-10 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000, but if the minor is under 14, punishment is increased to 2-20 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.

Child Pornography/Possession of Child Pornography. This offense occurs when an offender knowingly or intentionally possesses visual material that visually depicts a child younger than 18 who is engaging in sexual conduct. It is a violation of the law to have these images on your computer or in hard copy. Punishment is 2-20 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.

Invasive Visual Recording. This offense occurs if, with intent to invade the privacy of another without their consent, you record, broadcast, transmit, or promote a visual image of them in a bathroom or changing room by electronic means. Punishment is up to 2 years in state jail with a fine of up to $10,000.

Indecency or Sexual Assault Charges? Call Justin

Take control over your situation and enlist a confident attorney to help you through your case. Justin will rigorously evaluate your entire case and keep you updated and informed as it evolves. If falsely convicted of a sex crime, your record will be tarnished and undoing the damage is nearly impossible. Call Fort Worth lawyer Justin Sparks–he has served the citizens of Dallas/Fort Worth for over nine years.  Call 817-334-0300

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