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Denton Sex Crimes Lawyers

Seek Legal Counsel if Your Reputation Is On the Line

There are many different types of crimes for which prison time is a real possibility. Being charged with a sex crime is unique, however, because (i) in the court of public opinion you are guilty until proven innocent, and (ii) if you are convicted, you might have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.

Unfortunately, falsely accusing someone of a sex crime is one of the most effective ways of discrediting them. Our sex crime attorneys in Denton understand that you may be the victim of a false accusation, and we are ready to believe you even if no one else does. And even if you are guilty, Texas prosecutors often seek penalties for sex crimes that are wildly disproportionate to their actual seriousness.

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Trustworthy, responsive, and knowledgeable! Greg was an amazing attorney and very knowledgeable concerning our case. When it came down to deciding how to plead our case he had some great advice for us, which we used. Would highly use him in the future and recommend. — M.M.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I defend myself against a charge of possession of child pornography?

Normally, possession of child pornography charges are based on the presence of incriminating material on your computer’s hard drive. Several potential defenses are available, including:

  • The evidence was seized illegally
  • You were unaware of the presence of the material on your hard drive, or you were unaware of its nature
  • The “children” in the material were actually adults or computer-generated images

What is the exclusionary rule?

The exclusionary rule bars the admission of evidence that has been seized illegally. For example, if the police seized files from the hard drive of your computer without probable cause to believe that you had committed a crime, the files can be excluded from evidence and you might win an acquittal.

How does the Texas statutory rape law work?

The age of consent in Texas is 17. This means that:

  • It is a crime to have sex with anyone under 17, even with consent
  • If two people under 17 have sex with each other, both can be charged
  • “I didn’t realize she was underage” is not a defense

It IS a defense if the defendant was not more than three years older than the alleged victim at the time of the offense. These cases can be very complicated; it is important to hire an attorney immediately. It is also very important to not discuss your case with anybody, including law enforcement, without the help and counsel of an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney.

Can I be convicted of both a federal crime and a state crime for the same conduct?

Probably not, and it is very unlikely that this would ever happen. If both Texas and the federal government want to charge you for a crime arising out of the same conduct, Texas must yield and allow the federal government to prosecute you.

Am I really innocent until proven guilty?

As far as we are concerned, you are. Although the presumption of innocence is built into the U.S. Constitution, it is sometimes ignored in sex crime cases where the only evidence is the testimony of the accuser. You will need a good Texas criminal defense lawyer to make sure you are not “railroaded” into a conviction.

Will I have to register as a sex offender for life?

Not if you are acquitted, of course. Additionally, in some cases, a plea bargain can be arranged that will keep you from having to register as a sex offender. For most sex crimes, the offender is subject to a lifetime registration requirement. Some offenses, such as Online Solicitation of a Minor and certain attempt, conspiracy, and solicitation sex crimes, require sex offender registration for only 10 years.

What is the entrapment defense?

The entrapment defense is a complete defense – in other words, if it is successful you will be acquitted. You are “entrapped” when law enforcement officials induce you into committing a crime that you would not have committed otherwise. While “sting” operations do not usually count as entrapment, the entrapment defense can be successful if law enforcement officials go too far.

Have You Been Charged With a Sex Crime? It’s Time to Fight Back.

The Texas criminal justice system is adversarial to the core. It is no place for the faint-hearted or for those unfamiliar with its arcane rules of procedure and evidence. With your reputation and your future on the line, you are going to need an experienced and skilled legal team that is intimately familiar with the nuances of the local legal system.

Let our team of Denton sex crime attorneys provide you with the dedicated counsel you need. Call us at (940) 400-0475 to get started with a free consultation.

Our Victories

Results Speak for Themselves
  • Reduced Charge Two Felony Drug Cases
  • Charge Reduced Possession of Marijuana
  • Dismissed Felony Drug Possession
  • Charge Reduced Fraudulent Possession Of A Controlled Substance By Prescription
  • Dismissed Possession of Marijuana
  • Dismissed Possession of Marijuana
  • Charge Reduced Felony Drug Possession
  • Charge Reduced Possession of Marijuana
  • Case dismissed. Possession of Marijuana
  • Dismissed Possession of Marijuana

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  • 10 Best - 2017 - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers Association - Denton County
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Association
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Denton County Bar Association
  • To Best 2015 - American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • The National Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers
  • 10 Best 2017 - American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 10 Best 2015 - Under 40 American Institute of Family Law Attorne
  • 10 Best 2 Years 2015-2016 - American Institute of Family Law Att
  • Avvo Client's Choice 2015 - Family