Simply being charged with “Indecency with a Child”, whether guilty or not, is enough to ruin a career, relationships, and draw ire from neighbors, family, friends, and acquaintances. An accusation of this magnitude can destroy a person, not to mention cost them their freedom.
Attorney Mark W. Bennett and our legal team here at Bennett & Bennett have had some of our best results defending people “accused” of sex crimes in Houston. If you need an experienced lawyer on your side, call us today at 713-224-1747.
Texas Law & Indecency W/Child Cases
A person can be charged with Indecency With A Child if they engage in any form of sexual contact with a child or cause the child to engage in form of sexual activity.
A person can also be subject to criminal charges if they expose their genitalia to a child or cause a child to reveal their genitalia.
Criminal charges related to any form of sex crime involving a child will lead to relentless prosecution and a stiff sentence if convicted. The sooner you contact Houston criminal-defense attorney Mark Bennett, or another equally qualified sex crimes lawyer, the better.
Our firm offers 100% free & confidential consultations.
Indecency with a Child: Criminal Penalties
In Texas, indecency with a child by means of sexual contact is classified as a 2nd Degree Felony offense. If convicted, the defendant will face punishment under guidelines that have prison sentences ranging from 2 to 20 years with the potential of a fine of up to $10,000.00.
Exposure cases resulting in criminal charges for Indecency with a child are classified as 3rd Degree Felony offenses in the state of Texas. If convicted, the defendant will face a potential prison sentence that ranges from 2 to 10 years with a potential fine of up to $10,000.00.
Multiple incidents of indecency with a child may be prosecuted as Continuous Sexual Abuse, which has a punishment range of 25 years to life in prison.
The Sex Offender Registration Requirement
If a person is convicted of any form of indecency with a child they’ll be required to participate in the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program. This is how the State of Texas continues to punish offenders, even after they’ve served their time and paid their fine. Some of the brighter minds of the criminal-defense bar believe this is unfair, however, sex offender registration is a reality for persons convicted in connection with a sex crime involving a child.
A person that’s registered as a sex offender will face challenges finding employment, they certainly won’t be allowed to work around children, will not be allowed to visit schools & playgrounds and places children “might” gather, may lose custody of their own children, might not be allowed to live in some communities, and will be the first suspect if any type of sex crime occurs within a certain distance of their home or job. All after they’ve paid their debt to society. Also, if you’re required to register as a sex offender and you don’t, that’s a new criminal charge.
These are serious charges whether you’re guilty or innocent. You have rights too.
A Qualified Houston Sex Crimes Lawyer
Attorney Mark W. Bennett, since 1995, has been a staunch advocate for clients of ours that, for one reason or another, found themselves suspected of a sex crime involving a child.
Even if you’re guilty as charged you’ll benefit from a solid legal defense.
It could mean the difference between being found Not Guilty, being sentenced to 2 years with a chance for early release with good behavior, or being sentenced to 20 years. If you’re innocent, you need to call us today.
Our phone number is 713-224-1747.