Common Types of Sex Offenses in Texas – Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog – August 24, 2021
Sexual offenses are among the most serious charges anyone can face in Texas. Not only does a conviction for a sex crime often result in a long prison sentence, it can have other life-changing consequences. For example, if you are convicted of a sex crime, you will almost certainly have to register as a sex offender, perhaps for the rest of your life. You will also be limited in where you can live and work.
However, not all sex offenses are created equal, and some crimes that are considered sex offenses (and require sex offender registration) may come as a surprise. Here are some of the most common sex crimes in Texas:
- Possession or distribution of child pornography;
- public obscenity;
- Outrage against decency;
- Maintain an inappropriate teacher / student relationship;
- Sexual assault (rape);
- Prostitution; and
Notably, most sexual offenses do not require someone to actually perform a sexual act; it is a crime to engage in an act with a view to the commission of a sexual crime. For example, leaving home to meet a minor you met in an online chat room for the purpose of engaging in any type of sexual relationship can result in criminal prosecution. In most cases, the crime is punishable to the same extent as if you committed the sexual act.
Texas Sex Crime Defenses
Although sexual offenses are extremely serious, they also take place with very little evidence. In the absence of physical or video evidence, these accusations are often based on the allegations of a single party. If, under the law, this is enough to justify a conviction, it also opens the door to many defenses.
Perhaps the most common defense against a sex crime is to argue that the government has failed to prove its case. Before a judge or jury can find you guilty of a criminal offense, the government must prove that you committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. In cases with very little evidence, your lawyer may argue that the prosecution’s case has failed. This is often done by disputing the alleged victim’s story, either showing that she had some bias against you, or pointing out inconsistencies in her testimony. The reality is that many allegations of sex crimes are made to punish the accused for another “wrong” he has committed, for example by being unfaithful.
One notable claim that is not a defense to a sex crime in Texas involving a minor is your mistaken belief about the age of the minor. If a minor is a minor, you can’t defend yourself by pretending you thought they were an adult, even if they misrepresented their age.
Have you been arrested for a sex offense in Texas?
If you face charges related to a sexual offense, contact the dedicated Texas criminal defense Guest & Gray lawyers for immediate assistance. At Guest & Gray, we aggressively defend our clients against all types of allegations, including sex crimes. We have extensive experience defending the rights of our clients every step of the way and will not hesitate to take your case to the jury to clear your name. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation, call us at 972-564-4644 today, you can also reach us through our online form.