Harris County Sex Crimes Lawyer
Our society has a strong reaction against crimes involving sex. Our revulsion toward rape, assault, the exploitation of minors and similar offenses is good and healthy. Where that revulsion goes awry is when it’s assumed that the horrific nature of a crime always means that the person charged is guilty–or that the alleged crime even happened. That’s why defendant should rely on a Houston sex crimes lawyer who doesn’t automatically believe what the prosecution says and insists the state fulfill its burden of proof–not the other way around.
Cory Roth Law Office knows that prosecutors aren’t always right and sometimes might not even be truthful. We believe in innocence until proven guilty. We fight hard for our defendants. From our Harris County office, we serve clients across Fort Bend County and throughout Houston. Call today at (832) 819-5290 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
PENALTIES FOR SEX CRIMES IN TEXAS
With possible crimes including everything from rape to indecent exposure, the possible penalties covers the gamut of Texas law. The lowest-level offense is a Class C misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine. The highest-level offense is a 1st-degree felony, which opens the door to a life prison sentence.
That’s a big spectrum on which the legal system can operate, and it can underscore the importance a Harris County sex crimes lawyer will play in the process. The types of charges filed will go a long way towards determining the defense strategies that are adopted. Depending on the quality (or lack thereof) of the prosecution’s evidence, there can be room for negotiation. Sex crimes allegations, like others in the criminal justice system, often see the most important work done before charges are officially filed or before a trial begins.
HOW TO BEAT A SEX CRIMES CHARGE
The advance of science has been an ally of innocent defendants when it comes to sex crimes charges. A crime of this nature invariably leaves DNA evidence behind. If the defendant’s DNA cannot be matched with that at the scene, then the prosecution will be faced with challenges that might be insurmountable.
It’s also possible that an alleged crime might have been a voluntary encounter, with the focus being on which side is telling the truth. Here’s where it’s imperative that a Harris County sex crimes attorney be strong-willed–while people, including those on the jury might feel a natural empathy with the alleged victim, the legal reality is that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty.
A defense lawyer must aggressively challenge the prosecuting attorney’s evidence and demonstrate that there may be considerable doubt about the guilt of the defendant. And if the jury harbors any doubts, they are obligated to acquit.
The stakes are too high for a defense attorney to flinch in the face of public pressure. The defendant not only faces jail time, but even upon their release, there’s the matter of registration as a sex offender.
Don’t give up. Get legal help. Call Cory Roth Law Office at (832) 819-5290 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
DEFENSES AGAINST AN ASSAULT CHARGE
Every circumstance will be different and it’s up to the Houston assault attorney to do their due diligence in investigating the incident. Generally speaking though, defense strategies can include the following…
- Self-Defense: Texas law gives everyone the right of self-defense. The criteria is that the defendant must have been an imminent danger. The jury will decide if feeling danger was reasonable given the circumstances, and the assault an appropriate response. The right of self-defense extends to the right to defend one’s property.
- Mistaken Identity: This defense might apply in situations where crowds were involved, such as at a bar or major outdoor event. In our era of cellphone video, reliable DNA evidence and other means of identification, a diligent defense lawyer has ways of working with a client who is facing unjust accusations.
- Severity of the Injuries: In cases where the defendant is guilty of the assault, it’s still possible that injuries have been exaggerated, turning what should be simple assault into an aggravated assault charge. Getting charges reduced is first and foremost about the criminal penalties. But convictions on assault can be used as the basis for a civil lawsuit against the defendant.
Challenging the severity of injuries up front in the criminal justice process can make the difference in potential damage awards in civil court.
Cory Roth Law Office is there for defendants no matter what. The promise of the American justice system is that everyone deserves a fair trial and to us, fairness means a truly aggressive and vigorous defense on behalf of every client who comes through our door.
Call today at (832) 819-5290 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
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