Texas Sexual Exploitation of a Child Federal Attorney
Providing Legal Defense for Charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Child in Texas and throughout the US
While there are numerous different types of criminal offenses that can result in a wide range of charges and penalties, crimes against children are among the most serious. These include child sex crimes such as sexual abuse or indecency with a child. While accusations related to these offenses will often result in state-level charges, there are some situations where federal charges may apply. Some of the most serious child sex offenses that are investigated and prosecuted by federal officials involve accusations of sexual exploitation of a child. If you have been accused of such an offense, it is important to seek help from an experienced attorney.
At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., our lawyers have extensive experience representing clients in federal criminal cases. We understand the complexities of these types of cases, and we know how to protect the rights of those who are facing accusations of crimes against children. We can work with you to build an effective defense strategy that will help you avoid a conviction or reduce the potential penalties you may face. We will work to resolve your case successfully while protecting your reputation and helping you avoid harm to your relationships, your career, and your future.
Federal Charges for Child Sexual Exploitation in Texas
The offense of sexual exploitation of a child is related to the production of child pornography. Federal law (18 U.S.C. § 2251) defines several different types of offenses that fall under this category, including:
- Causing minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct with the purpose of producing child pornography, including images, videos, or the transmission of live visual depictions of child sex acts. This offense may involve employing, enticing, coercing, or otherwise inducing minors under the age of 18 to engage in this type of conduct. Federal charges may apply if the child pornography is transported or transmitted in "interstate or foreign commerce," including being made available for download via the Internet.
- Transporting minors across state lines or international borders in order to commit sex acts or engage in other sexual conduct for the purpose of creating child pornography.
- Knowingly permitting a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to create child pornography as the child's parent or guardian.
- Inducing minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct while outside the United States in order to create child pornography that will be transported, distributed, or sold in the United States.
- Creating any advertisements seeking to buy, sell, or exchange child pornography or encourage minors to participate in sexually explicit conduct to create child pornography.
A person who is convicted of sexual exploitation of a child in federal courts may be sentenced to between 15 and 30 years in prison. If a person had previously been convicted of this offense or other state or federal crimes involving child sexual abuse or child pornography, they may be sentenced to between 25 and 50 years. A third conviction will result in a sentence of 35 years to life in prison. If a person's actions allegedly led to someone's death, they may be sentenced to between 30 years and life in prison, and they may face the death penalty.
Contact Our Texas Federal Sexual Exploitation of a Child Attorney
If you are facing federal charges for sexual exploitation of a child in Texas, it is important to take the allegations seriously and seek legal representation as soon as possible. At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys have decades of experience defending clients against federal charges and accusations of crimes against children. We can help protect your rights while working with you to build an effective defense strategy. To arrange a complimentary consultation and get the legal help and representation you need, contact us at 214-303-9600.