Section 21.02 - Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child
Houston Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
The state of Texas does not take sex crimes lightly. This is especially true in regards to sex crimes involving minors such as
solicitation of a minor,
indecency with a child or having
sex with a minor. Due to the impressionable nature of young children, these crimes are viewed as especially heinous by law enforcement and prosecutors alike, and very rarely will they take into consideration the fact that it could be a
false accusation or a misconstruction of facts. While under the law, you are to be considered innocent until proven guilty, this does not always occur – and for those who are facing criminal charges, this means an uphill battle dealing with serious charges and social stigma.
Understanding Charges of Continuous Sexual Abuse
Under §21.02 of the Texas Penal Code, the continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children is addressed. While sexual abuse of a child is always considered to be a serious crime, this is never truer than when the crime has been occurring for a lengthy period of time. Under this statute, it is considered to be continuous should the offense be carried out over thirty days or more with two separate acts of abuse (regardless of whether there were singular or multiple victims). To be convicted, it must be proven that the defendant was over the age of 17 and the victims were younger than 14 years of age.
The sexual abuse is outlined under this act includes aggravated kidnapping per §20.04(a)(4) if intent was to commit a sex crime; indecency with a child per §21.11(a)(1) if the defendant committed a crime other than touching; sexual assault per §22.011;
aggravated sexual assault per §22.021; burglary under §30.02 if there was intent to commit a sex-related crime; or sexual performance by a child per §43.25. The law states that a criminal conviction of this nature is a first-degree felony that will involve penalties of imprisonment for life or for 25 to 99 years. These are serious life-altering penalties that should not be treated with anything but the gravity they deserve.
How a Houston Sexual Assault Lawyer Can Help You
If you have been criminally charged with the continuous sexual abuse of a child, it is highly encouraged that you get the involvement of an experienced Houston sex crime attorney from a reputable firm. You need a heavyweight in your corner who will be able to go the distance for you, someone who will be able to go above and beyond in the fight to help protect your legal rights. This is what you can expect should you choose to work with me, Attorney Ned Barnett.
Over the years, I have established myself as a true advocate for the rights of the accused and have always tirelessly fought to help my clients protect themselves. You can trust that I will do everything possible to help defend you. So what are you waiting for? When it's your future on the line, you need to do everything possible to protect yourself against conviction. There is simply too much at stake to procrastinate. So pick up the phone and give my firm a call as soon as possible. I understand the delicate nature of sex crimes and will do everything I can to provide you with aggressive, professional legal representation when it is needed most.
Charged with the continuous sexual abuse of a child? Contact a Houston sexual abuse lawyer from my firm as soon as you can for help in protecting yourself against the possibility of conviction.