Attorney Mark Bennett Will Help You
Allegations of criminal acts that involve sexual implications are serious situations for the defendant, their family, and the alleged victim.
These matters are best handled by the caring hands of an attorney with experience defending Texans who need a smart counselor on their side.
Sex crimes are the type of offenses that can hurt the public perception of your integrity regardless of your actual guilt or innocence making the need for qualified legal representation of the utmost importance. Criminal penalties associated with convictions will have life changing implications.
Experienced Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer
Defending “Accused” Sex Offenders; A Delicate Undertaking
A criminal-defense attorney since 1995, Attorney Mark W. Bennett knows how to wage an effective defense campaign on behalf of the accused. When a person is charged with a sex offense, or even accused of such without being formally charged by law enforcement, the consequences and implications can be dire.
For example, even being suspected of a sex crime can end a career regardless of the guilt or innocence of the accused. Accusations of this nature can also put spouses, family, neighbors, and jurors on the defensive. If the case gains press attention, these complications are compounded.
Commonly Prosecuted Sex Crimes in Houston
- Sexual Assault
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Sexual Assault of a Child
- Sexual Performance by a Child
- Date Rape
- Statutory Rape
- Solicitation of a Minor for Sex
- Indecency with a Child
- Child Molestation
- Promotion of Prostitution and/or “Pimping”
- Distribution, Production, or Possession of Child Pornography
- Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
Penalties Associated with Sex Crime Convictions
Aside from most prostitution related offenses, sex crimes are usually felonies which carry penalties that range from 2-99 years.
If charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault a defendant will face harsh prosecution and the potential for a 99 year prison sentence. In cases involving the possession of child pornography, and/or “sexting”, the defendant will face a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
Other penalties associated with being found guilty of a sex crime are parole requirements, other restrictions, a criminal record, and the dreaded Sex Offender Registration requirement.
Even after defendants have served their time and paid their societal debt, they are permanently relegated to 2nd class citizen status by stringent requirements. The Texas Sex Offender Registration Program serves to identify you as an immediate suspect if another sex crime occurs near you or your residence. You may not be allowed to retain custody of own children.
The Texas Sex Offender Registration Program (Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure) is a sex offender registration and public notification law designed to protect the public from sex offenders. This law requires adult and juvenile sex offenders to register with the local law enforcement authority of the city they reside in or, if the sex offender does not reside in a city, with the local law enforcement authority of the county they reside in.
You’ll be subject to ridicule and the prying eyes of neighbors. Sex Offender Registration in Harris County will make professional advancements difficult, and/or finding employment a challenge. It can even make it difficult to find a place to live.
The Right Lawyer For The Case
Attorney Mark W. Bennett, a veteran criminal defense attorney, will carefully review your case to form a serious professional opinion about whether or not the prosecution can win against you. If we determine the case of the prosecution is weak, we’ll fight the charge for you and take it to a full blown trial if we’re not able to have the case thrown out or dismissed.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty
A prescription of the presumption of your innocence is among the fundamental values of the criminal justice system. As your lawyer, and last line of the defense, we’ll reinforce this concept to the court to reinstate a level playing field for you and our arguments in your defense. As previously stated, with crimes of this nature its important to realize the negative connotations associated with even being accused of such a crime, aside from being found guilty in court.
Aside from having a lawyer with a firm grasp of how to use any evidence that may exist in your favor, a time tested strategy for cross-examining witnesses, and a strong grip of the details of the law, its important to have a lawyer that can effectively advocate on your behalf.
Effectively arguing a case is one thing, but putting the jury on your side is another.
You are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
We’ll make this clear to the jury.
Contact Bennett & Bennett, Houston Criminal-Defense Lawyers, at 713-224-1747 to schedule a time to review your case, or send us a message using the attorney contact form and we’ll call you back.