The Strauss Law Firm Criminal Sex Crimes Defense

The Strauss Law Firm Defends Criminal Sex, Prostitution and Pornography Charges

 

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is any involuntary sexual act in which a person is threatened, coerced, or forced to engage against their will, or any sexual touching of a person who has not consented. This includes rape (such as forced penetration), groping, forced kissing, child sexual abuse, or the torture of the victim in a sexual manner. 

A sexual assault is typically a second degree felony. This carries a sentence of two to twenty years in a state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. However, this crime may be elevated to a first degree felony if the victim was a person whom the defendant was prohibited from marrying or was prohibited from living under the appearance of being married to the victim. A first degree felony in Texas is punishable by five to ninety-nine years in a state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Aggravated sexual assault is a first degree felony. The minimum prison sentence may be twenty-five years in the event that the victim is younger than 6 years of age when the crime was committed or if the victim was younger than 14 years of age and either a deadly weapon was used or exhibited, the child was seriously hurt, the defendant attempted to kill the child, or the defendant used drugs to facilitate the crime.

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Statutory Rape

Statutory Rape is the sexual assault of any person under age 17, other than his spouse. Punishment for statutory rape can include mandatory prison or jail sentences, probation, fines, and mandated treatment services. If convicted of statutory rape you will be orderded to register as a sex offender.

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Solicitation, Prostitution, Pimping, Pandering

Solicitation, Prostitution…
Solicitation, Prostitution, Pimping, Pandering –  selling sex is illegal in Texas. Committing the crime of prostitution (either as the prostitute or the one soliciting prostitution) is a "Class B" misdemeanor. This carries a sentence of not more than 180 days in jail and/or a fine of no more than $2,000. However, if the defendant has been convicted of prostitution one or two times before, the penalty may be elevated to a "Class A" misdemeanor. This carries a penalty of no more than one year in prison and/or a fine of no more than $4,000. If the defendant has been convicted of prostitution charges three or more times in the past, it will be a state jail felony. This is punishable by 180 days to two years in prison and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.

For the crime of the promotion of prostitution, the offense is a "Class A" misdemeanor. If the defendant is convicted of aggravated promotion of prostitution, it is a third degree felony, punishable by two to ten years in a state prison and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.

For the crime of compelling prostitution, the offense is second degree felony. This is punishable by two to twenty years in a state prison and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.

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Indecent Exposure, Public Lewdness, Indeceny Involving A Child

Indecent Exposure
In Texas you can be charged with Indecent Exposure if:
(a) A person commits an offense if he exposes his anus or any part of his genitals with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, and he is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by his act.

(b) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.

Public Lewdness
(a) A person commits an offense if he knowingly engages in any of the following acts in a public place or, if not in a public place, he is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by his:
(1) act of sexual intercourse;
(2) act of deviate sexual intercourse;
(3) act of sexual contact; or
(4) act involving contact between the person’s mouth or genitals and the anus or genitals of an animal or fowl.
(b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

Indecency With A Child

(1) engages in sexual contact with the child or causes the child to engage in sexual contact; or
(2) with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person:

(A) exposes the person’s anus or any part of the person’s genitals, knowing the child is present; or
(B) causes the child to expose the child’s anus or any part of the child’s genitals.

(1) was not more than three years older than the victim and of the opposite sex;
(2) did not use duress, force, or a threat against the victim at the time of the offense; and
(3) at the time of the offense:

(B) was not a person who under Chapter 62 had a reportable conviction or adjudication for an offense under this section.
(b-1) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the actor was the spouse of the child at the time of the offense.
(c) In this section, “sexual contact” means the following acts, if committed with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person:

(2) any touching of any part of the body of a child, including touching through clothing, with the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a person.

(d) An offense under Subsection (a)(1) is a felony of the second degree and an offense under Subsection (a)(2) is a felony of the third degree.

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Lewd Conduct in Public

A person commits an offense if the person, with the intent to obtain workers’ compensation insurance coverage under the workers’ compensation insurance laws
of this state or to avoid payment of premiums due for that coverage, for himself or another, knowingly or intentionally:

(1) makes a false statement;
(2) misrepresents or conceals a material fact; or
(3) makes a false entry in, fabricates, alters, conceals, or destroys a document other than a governmental record.
(b) An offense under Subsection (a) is:
(1) a Class A misdemeanor if the amount of premium avoided is less than $1,500; and
(2) a state jail felony if the amount of the premium avoided is $1,500 or more.
(c) The court may order a person to pay restitution to an insurance company, including the Texas Mutual Insurance Company, if the person commits an offense under this section.

Child Pornography

Child pornography is the visual representation of minors under the age of 18 engaged in sexual activity or the visual representation of minors engaging in lewd or erotic behavior designed to arouse the viewer’s sexual interest.

Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography); or

(8) receives a benefit from participating in a venture that involves an activity described by Subdivision (7) or engages in sexual conduct with a child trafficked in the manner described in Subdivision (7).

(b) Except as otherwise provided by this subsection, an offense under this section is a felony of the second degree. An offense under this section is a felony of the first degree if:

(1) the applicable conduct constitutes an offense under Subsection (a)(5), (6), (7), or (8) , regardless of whether the actor knows the age of the child at the time the actor commits the offense; or

(2) the commission of the offense results in the death of the person who is trafficked.

(c) If conduct constituting an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under another section of this code, the actor may be prosecuted under either section or under both sections.

(d) If the victim of an offense under Subsection (a)(7)(A) is the same victim as a victim of an offense under Section 21.02, a defendant may not be convicted of the offense under Section 21.02 in the same criminal action as the offense under Subsection (a)(7)(A) unless the offense under Section 21.02:

(1) is charged in the alternative;

(2) occurred outside the period in which the offense alleged under Subsection (a)(7)(A) was committed; or

(3) is considered by the trier of fact to be a lesser included offense of the offense alleged under Subsection (a)(7)(A).

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The laws concerning any type of Sexual Crimes are serious offenses in the state of Texas and can result in severe punishment including incarceration. There are enhanced minimum sentences when the offense is committed against a victim who is elderly, pregnant, incapacitated, in a public vehicle such as a bus or a train, between family members, when the victim is a law enforcement or correctional officer, and in other special circumstances.

 If possible it is in your best interest to have an attorney with you at the time of arrest. During arrests, mistakes can occur than can both violate your legal rights and hinder evidence that could be used to defend you.   Assault cases require not only an experienced and knowledgeable attorney with good defense strategies but an attorney is familiar with the local courts and law enforcement agencies.

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Brandon Strauss
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