Tarrant County Defense Attorney For Indecency with a Child Charges
Plano Defense Lawyer for Clients Charged With Inappropriate Contact With a Child
In the state of Texas, any sexual offense involving a child is taken extremely seriously. Law enforcement and prosecutors will do everything in their power to convict and punish those who hurt children, and justifiably so. However, the disturbing nature of such offenses leads many people to believe that anyone accused of a sex crime involving a child must be guilty, even before any evidence is presented. While it is human nature to want justice for sex crime victims, it is important to remember that a criminal defendant is presumed to be innocent until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., we understand what is at stake when you are facing charges of indecency with a child. A conviction could lead to a lengthy prison sentence, expensive fines, and mandatory registration as a sex offender. The charges alone could destroy your reputation and your relationships with your loved ones, even without a conviction. Attorney Darlina Crowder has obtained more than 250 not-guilty verdicts and acquittals for her clients in her career, and she is prepared to put her experience to work for you.
Texas Law Regarding Indecency With a Child
Section 21.11 of the Texas Penal Code addresses the offense of indecency with a child. Under that section of the law, indecency with a child can be committed in one of two ways: by sexual contact or by exposure.
A person commits indecency with a child by sexual contact when he or she, for the purposes of sexual arousal or gratification, touches a child's breast, genitals, or anus, including touches through the child's clothing. The same offense is committed if the person touches any part of the child's body, including through clothing, with the person's breast, genitals, or anus. Indecency with a child by sexual contact is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in state prison and $10,000 in fines.
Indecency with a child by exposure is committed when a person, for the purposes of sexual arousal or gratification, exposes his or her genitals or anus to a child or causes the child to expose the child's genitals or anus. This offense is prosecutable as a third-degree felony, which carries penalties of up to ten years in prison and $10,000 in fines. A conviction on either charge would require the defendant to register as a sex offender.
Dallas Attorney Protecting Your Rights
At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., we understand that when a child alleges that he or she has been the victim of a sex crime, such allegations must be investigated and taken seriously. However, we also realize that such allegations are not always based in reality and that other motivations may be affecting the situation. Bitter custody disputes, disagreements with authority figures, or simple misunderstandings could lead to charges of indecency with a child.
If you are facing charges, it is important to contact us right away so that we can provide the guidance and direction you need. We will be at your side during interviews with law enforcement, as well as at any hearings or court proceedings that may be required. Our team will do everything we can to protect your rights, your future, and your reputation.
Call 214-303-9600 Today
For more information about our firm and how we handle charges of indecency with a child, contact our office. Call 214-303-9600 for a free consultation and case review today. We represent clients in Plano, McKinney, Garland, Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, Denton, Collin County, Grayson County, Tarrant County, and throughout North Texas. Se habla Espanol.