Texas Human Trafficking Attorney
Defending Clients Charged with Federal Human Trafficking in Texas and throughout the US.
Human trafficking is a serious crime that carries severe penalties, and there are a variety of actions that could lead to criminal charges. Federal charges for this offense can be particularly harsh. For anyone who has been charged with federal human trafficking offenses in Texas, it is important to seek legal help as soon as possible. A criminal defense attorney who has experience in these types of cases can provide invaluable assistance, including determining how to respond to accusations and charges and taking steps to reduce the potential penalties or seek a dismissal of the case.
The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. provides knowledgeable, skilled representation for defendants who have been charged with federal crimes. With our decades of experience defending clients against a wide variety of state and federal charges, we understand the unique complexities of these types of cases. We are dedicated to providing our clients with personalized, aggressive representation, and we work to help them understand their legal rights and their options for defense against federal human trafficking charges or other related offenses.
Understanding Federal Human Trafficking Crimes in Texas
There are multiple offenses that may fall under the category of human trafficking, but they generally involve the exploitation of individuals by subjecting them to forced labor, involuntary servitude, debt bondage, slavery, or the requirement to participate in commercial sex acts (prostitution). Federal law identifies several different offenses that are considered to be human trafficking, including:
- Trafficking with respect to involuntary servitude or forced labor - This offense may involve transporting, harboring, or recruiting a person in order to force them to perform work for little or no pay. This is sometimes known as peonage or debt bondage, and it may occur if an employer or another party threatens or coerces a person into performing work for lower pay than they should receive in order to pay off actual or alleged debts. A conviction for this offense may result in a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison. However, if an offense allegedly involved kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse, or attempted murder, a person may be sentenced to life in prison.
- Sex trafficking - Transporting a person across state lines or international borders in order to engage in prostitution may result in federal charges, and a person convicted of this offense may be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. Coercing, enticing, or otherwise inducing someone to engage in prostitution in this manner may result in a sentence of up to 20 years.
- Enticement into slavery - Kidnapping, enticing, coercing, or otherwise inducing a person to be sent out of the country and forced into involuntary servitude may result in a maximum sentence of 30 years. If an offense resulted in the death of an alleged victim or involved attempted kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse, or the intent to kill a person, a conviction may result in a life sentence.
- Child sex trafficking - Transporting a minor under the age of 18 across state lines or international borders in order to engage in prostitution or other illegal sexual activity may result in a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. If a person allegedly used force, threats, or other forms of coercion to cause a minor to engage in commercial sex acts, or if they transported or harbored a child under the age of 14 in order to cause them to engage in prostitution or other commercial sexual activity, they may be sentenced to between 15 years and life in prison.
Contact Our Texas Federal Human Trafficking Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with federal crimes related to human trafficking in Texas, you need to take immediate action. The penalties for these charges can be severe, and a conviction could significantly impact your life. By working with an experienced criminal defense attorney who has experience defending clients against federal charges, you can determine your best options for defense. At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., our legal team has decades of experience representing clients in federal cases, and we can assist with charges involving human trafficking or related offenses. We encourage you to reach out to us today by calling 214-303-9600 to set up a free consultation.