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Collin County Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer

Sex Crime Attorney Serving Texas including McKinney and Plano

Sex crimes are some of the most serious offenses that a person can face, and even a mere accusation can upend someone's life, impacting family relationships, career opportunities, and much more. If you have been accused of sexual assault or any other sexual offense, it is important to understand the nature of the charges, the criminal consequences, and the best options for defense.

While everyone has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law, those who have been accused of sex crimes often struggle to address the impact of these types of allegations. The reasons why an alleged victim may make an accusation may not be taken into account, and a defendant may face an uphill battle in which they are assumed to be guilty by people who have not taken all the facts of the case into consideration.

An accusation of a sex crime can affect nearly every area of an alleged offender's life. Their personal relationships and reputation in the community may be damaged, and they may lose their job or be unable to find employment. Family relationships can also suffer harm, and a parent may lose custody of their children or be required to have supervision present whenever they spend time with their kids. All of this can occur even if a person is never convicted.

If you have been accused of a sexual offense, it is crucial to secure legal representation from a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney. At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., we have worked with clients in a wide variety of criminal cases, and we have obtained more than 300 not guilty verdicts and acquittals. We are prepared to investigate the circumstances of your case and determine the best possible defense strategy. We understand the serious and sensitive nature of sex crime allegations, and we will do everything we can to protect your rights, your reputation, and your freedom.

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Sex Crime Charges in Texas

The Texas Penal Code identifies a wide variety of sex-related offenses, including:

  • Sexual assault - Typically referred to as rape, this offense applies if a person engages in an act of sexual penetration with a person who has not given consent. Sexual assault charges will apply any time a person engages in sexual penetration with a child under the age of 17. In most cases, this offense is a second-degree felony, and it can be punished by 2-20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Aggravated sexual assault - This offense applies if sexual assault causes serious bodily injury or death, if a deadly weapon was used during the assault, if more than one person participated in the assault, if a drug or substance was given to the victim to render them unable of giving consent, or if the victim was under the age of 14, elderly, or disabled. This is a first-degree felony, and it can be punished by 5-99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Indecent assault - Groping or other types of sexual contact that are committed without a person's consent may result in a Class A misdemeanor charge, which can be punished by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
  • Child pornography - Possessing, accessing, or promoting visual material that depicts a child under the age of 18 engaging in sexual conduct is a third-degree felony. A second offense is a second-degree felony, and a third offense is a first-degree felony.
  • Indecency with a child - A person may face second-degree felony charges if they engage in sexual contact with a child under the age of 17. A person may be charged with a third-degree felony if they expose themselves to a child or cause the child to expose their intimate parts for their own sexual gratification. A third-degree felony can be punished by 2-10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Prostitution - Receiving payment for engaging in sexual conduct is a Class B misdemeanor, which can be punished by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. A third offense is a Class A misdemeanor, and a fourth offense is a state jail felony, which can be punished by 180 days to two years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000. Solicitation of a prostitute is a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a state jail felony for a second offense. Solicitation of a person who is under the age of 18 is a second-degree felony.

Contact a Collin County Sex Crime Defense Attorney

If you are facing any of the charges described above or any other sexual offenses, The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. can help you determine your best options for defense. Contact us at 214-544-0061 to schedule a free, confidential consultation. We serve clients throughout Collin County, including McKinney, Plano, Allen, Wylie, and Frisco.

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Under Texas law, offenses that are committed against children carry some of the most severe criminal penalties. In addition to lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines, you could also be facing the destruction of your personal and professional reputation. Depending on your occupation, you could even risk losing your entire livelihood. The skilled professionals at The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. have the knowledge and resources to help you defend against charges of crimes against children, no matter how overwhelming the case against you might seem.



  • Darlina Crowder is one of the most kind and professional lawyers I have experienced. Not only is it evident that she cares about your case, she also cares about you as a person. She gives opportunities to those who would never have a chance because of her bilingual skill set. Some other lawyers would be content with only taking easy cases. But not her, she works her hardest to ensure everyone is given a fair opportunity. Her incredible history is a testimony to how great of an attorney she is...

    - Zack Whitaker

  • "Darlina Crowder is an incredible trial lawyer! She is the only lawyer I would recommend. I was charged and indicted with the most heinous crimes anyone could be accused of. 13 counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Indecency with a Child & Sexual Assault of a child. From the day I hired her she was very attentive, caring and compassionate. She never once stopped fighting for me! I had 2 jury trials. The first was a mistrial 10-2 not guilty...

    - M.L.

  • "I recently retained the services of Darlina Crowder. I got myself into a legal bind and am sure glad I found her. I am 47 a professional and have never been in trouble in my life. I was facing the possibility of serving prison time and am very thankful to her for seeing the truth and defending me. Her powerful demeanor and presence in the court room, without question, helped the jury to decide my fate. I was found NOT GUILTY of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. I would whole heartedly recommend her to anyone needing legal counsel."

    - Scott W.

  • "I am super pleased with the prompt and professional service I received by Attorney Crowder! During the time that I needed her services I was in the police academy and was falsely accused of a crime. This crime lead to my removal from the academy and threatened my freedom. She immediately new that it was a personal attack on me. I took the charges as a slap in the face because I gave up a six figure income to help serve my community..."

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