Sex Crimes in Williamson and Bell County
Sex crimes in Texas can include a number of offenses. The alleged offender may not have even realized they were committing an illegal act, or they may have lacked the intent to commit any crime. Unfortunately, alleged sexual offenders can receive the most serious penalties if they are convicted of a crime that can haunt them the rest of their lives.
Punishments and consequences for sexual offenses can include prison sentences, steep fines, requirements to register as a sex offender for life, a possibly permanent criminal record and/or negative social stigma. If you have been charged with committing a sex crime in Georgetown, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer to begin crafting your best legal strategy and defense.
Georgetown Sex Crimes Lawyer
If you have been charged with any sexual offense in Georgetown, or any of the surrounding areas of Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Taylor, Hutto, Killeen, Temple, Belton or Harker Heights, contact the Law Office of Michael J. Price, P.C. Attorney Michael Price is an experienced criminal defense attorney who will make every effort to fight the allegations against you. Call the Law Office of Michael J. Price for a free consultation at (512) 930-3074 about your alleged sex crime.
Georgetown Sex Offense Information Center
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Sexual Offenses in Texas
Some of the most common sex crime charges in Texas are:
Sexual Assault– Tex. Penal Code § 22.011 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they knowingly or intentionally penetrate another person’s mouth or sexual organs without their consent. This offense can result in a conviction for a felony of the second or first degree.
Aggravated Sexual Assault– Tex. Penal Code § 22.021 – An individual, or an accomplice to an individual, can be charged with this offense if they commit sexual assault, and:
- Cause serious bodily injury or attempt to cause the death of the victim;
- Causes the victim to fear death, serious bodily injury or kidnapping;
- Uses a deadly weapon during the commission of the offense;
- Threatens to cause death, serious bodily injury or kidnapping;
- Uses rohypnol, “roofies,” the “date rape drug,” GHB or ketamine during the commission of the offense;
- The victim is under the age of 14; or
- The victim is elderly or disabled.
This offense is punishable as a felony of the first degree.
Indecency with a Child– Tex. Penal Code § 21.11 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they engage in sexual contact with a child, or expose their genitals with a child present or expose a child’s genitals with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person. This offense is punishable as a felony of the second or third degree.
Indecent Exposure – Tex. Penal Code § 21.08 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they recklessly, without any regard if another present person might be offended or alarmed by the act, expose any part of their genitals with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person. This offense is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor.
Public Lewdness – Tex. Penal Code § 21.07 – An individual can be charged with this offense if, while in a public place, they knowingly commit an act of:
- Sexual intercourse,
- Deviate sexual intercourse or
- Sexual conduct.
An individual can also be charged with this offense if they recklessly act in a private place without regard for any other present person who might be alarmed or offended by any of the acts listed above. This offense is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor.
Possession of Child Pornography (Porn) – Tex. Penal Code § 43.26 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they knowingly or intentionally possess material that visually depicts a child under the age of 18 engaging in sexual conduct and the individual knows the material depicts a child under the age of 18. This offense can result in a conviction for a felony of the second or third degree.
Prostitution – Tex. Penal Code § 43.02 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they knowingly engage or offer or agree to engage in sexual conduct for a fee or solicit another person in a public place to engage in sexual conduct for hire. This offense is generally punishable as a Class A or B misdemeanor.
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Penalties for Sex Offenses in Georgetown
The penalties for many sex crimes are defined in Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code. However, many of these penalties can vary depending on whether a weapon was used in the commission of the offense, the age of the victim, whether the victim was disabled and whether the alleged offender has a previous criminal history. The suggested statutory punishments for sex offenses in Texas are as follows:
Indecent exposure and prostitution can result in a conviction for a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine not more than $2,000.
Prostitution and public lewdness can result in a conviction for a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year jail and/or a fine up to $4,000.
Indecency with a child and possession of child pornography can result in a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by two to ten years in prison and/or a fine not more than $10,000.
Sexual assault, indecency with a child and possession of child pornography can result in a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
Aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault can result in a conviction for a felony of the first degree, which is punishable by a fine not more than $10,000 and/or five to 99 years or life imprisonment.
Additional consequences to a sex crime conviction in Texas can include:
- Reputation damage and public ridicule,
- An inability to pursue certain professional occupations or careers,
- Sex offender registration requirements for life,
- Potentially permanent criminal record,
- An inability to apply for certain college or graduate school programs, and/or
- Ineligibility to receive certain types of governmental funding or assistance.
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Texas Sexual Offender Registration Requirements
Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure states that anyone who has been convicted of a sexual offense is required to register with the local law enforcement authority where they reside for a specified period of time, depending on the sexual offense they were convicted of.
An individual is required to register for life if they were convicted of a sexually violent offense, including:
- Indecency with a child by contact,
- Sexual assault,
- Aggravated sexual assault,
- Sexual performance by a child,
- Aggravated kidnapping,
- Compelling prostitution of a minor,
- Possession or promotion of child pornography, and
- Indecency with a child by exposure.
An individual is required to register as a sex offender for a period of ten years following a conviction for:
- Any sex offense not requiring lifetime registration,
- Attempted sexual assault,
- Second indecent exposure conviction,
- Compelling prostitution, and
- Unlawful restraint.
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Georgetown Resources for Sex Crimes
Texas Penal Code – Sex Crimes – This website contains all the rules and regulations pertaining to many sexual offenses in Texas. This link is directly to Chapter 21, which defines sexual offenses, such as indecency with a child, public indecency and public lewdness, and the penalties and any statutory defenses to these sex crimes.
Attorney General of Texas – Information on Stalking – This website provides information on stalking in Texas, including the definition of stalking, how to prevent stalking and the laws on stalking in Texas.
The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers – This national organization seeks to prevent sexual abuse through education, learning and shared research on public policies and community strategies, and promotes effective treatment and management of offenders throughout the community.
Texas Sex Offender Registration Program – This link is to information about the sex offender registration program requirements in Texas, and includes answers to frequently asked questions, the most wanted sex offenders in the state and access to search for sex offenders.
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Law Office of Michael J. Price, P.C. | Round Rock Sex Offense Attorney
Contact the Law Office of Michael J. Price today for a consultation about your alleged sexual offense throughout Williamson County in Texas. Michael Price is an experienced criminal attorney in Georgetown who will make every effort to find applicable defenses or mitigating factors to have your charges reduced or even dismissed. Contact the Law Office of Michael J. Price at (512) 930-3074 for a consultation about your sex crime charges throughout Williamson County and Bell County in Texas.