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.
§21.02 of the Texas Penal Code addresses the continuous sexual abuse of a young child. While sexual abuse of a child is always considered a serious crime, this is especially true when the crime has been occurring for a lengthy period of time. Under the statute, sexual abuse is considered to be continuous if 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 offenses outlined under this act include 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 for the sexual abuse of a child 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.
If you have been criminally charged with the continuous sexual abuse of a child, it is in your best interest to seek the involvement of an experienced Houston sex crime attorney from a reputable firm. You need a heavyweight in your corner who will go above and beyond in the fight to help protect your legal rights. This is what you can expect should you choose to work attorney Ned Barnett.
Over the years, Mr. Barnett has established himself as a true advocate for the rights of the accused and has tirelessly fought to protect his clients. Mr. Barnett understands the delicate nature of sex crimes and will do everything possible to provide you with aggressive, professional legal representation when it is needed most.
When your future is on the line, you need to do everything possible to protect yourself against conviction. There is simply too much at stake to procrastinate. Pick up the phone and give The Law Offices of Ned Barnett a call as soon as possible.
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.