Sexually Based Offenses
Any criminal charge that is even remotely sexual in nature can have an immediate impact on every facet of an alleged offender’s life. These sexually based offenses can have serious consequences. Not only are the people accused of these offenses subject to virulent prosecution that is frequently unwilling to negotiate any plea agreement, but alleged offenders suffer from the lack of support or even outright condemnation of friends, family, and co-workers.
Worse yet, a conviction for any sex crime can haunt people for many years after any prison sentence has been served and fines have been paid. Perhaps no aspect is more troubling than the fact that alleged offenders are oftentimes facing criminal charges because of exaggerated or flat-out false accusations.
Fort Worth Lawyer for Sexually Based Offenses
Are you under investigation for or have you already been charged with a sex crime in Texas? You will want to immediately seek legal representation for help securing the best possible outcome to your case.
The Fort Worth sex crime attorneys at Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC aggressively defend clients charged with sexually based offenses. We help clients in Tarrant County, Parker County, Johnson County, and surrounding areas all over North Central Texas. Call (817) 502-3600 today to have our firm review your case during a free, confidential consultation.
Types of Sexually Based Offenses in Texas
The Texas Penal Code contains several different sex crimes. While some offenses are classified as misdemeanor and others are felonies, convictions related to any of these criminal charges can have a dramatic, lifelong impact for alleged offenders.
Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC understands that simply being accused of any sex crime can have profound implications on a person’s life. Our firm thoroughly investigates and fights to get criminal charges reduced or dismissed for such sexually based criminal charges as:
- Sexual Assault;
- Aggravated Sexual Assault;
- Indecency with a Child;
- Child Pornography Charges;
- Online Solicitation;
- Child Sexual Abuse;
- Indecent Exposure; and
- Public Lewdness.
Sex Offender Registration in Fort Worth
Under Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, any person with a reportable conviction or adjudication relating to a sexually based offense will be required to register as a sex offender. How long and how often a person will be required to register depends on the specific crime for which he or she was convicted and the risk level he or she has been assigned.
The three risk levels under Texas law include Level One for offenders deemed to pose a low danger to the community and not likely to engage in criminal sexual conduct, Level Two for offenders who pose a moderate danger to the community and might continue to engage in criminal sexual conduct, and Level Three for offenders who pose a serious danger to the community and will continue to engage in criminal sexual conduct.
Any offender with a reportable conviction or adjudication or otherwise required under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure § 62.051 to register as a condition of parole, release to mandatory supervision, or community supervision must register as a sex offender or verify registration with the local law enforcement authority in any municipality where he or she resides or intends to reside for more than seven days.
A reportable conviction or adjudication—including an adjudication of delinquent conduct or a deferred adjudication—includes the following sexually based crimes:
- Aggravated kidnapping of a victim younger than 17 years of age;
- Aggravated kidnapping, if the offender committed the offense or engaged in the conduct with intent to violate or abuse the victim sexually;
- Aggravated sexual assault;
- Compelling prostitution;
- Continuous sexual abuse of young child or children;
- First-degree burglary in which the offender committed or engaged in the conduct with intent to commit continuous sexual abuse of young child or children, indecency with a child, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, prohibited sexual conduct, or aggravated kidnapping;
- Indecency with a child;
- Kidnapping of a victim younger than 17 years of age;
- Possession or promotion of child pornography;
- Prohibited sexual conduct;
- Second indecent exposure violation (unless it results in a deferred adjudication);
- Sexual assault;
- Sexual performance by a child;
- Trafficking of persons; or
- Unlawful restraint of a victim younger than 17 years of age.
Tarrant County Resources for Sex Crimes
New Name Ministries — New Name is a Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing community safe residential reentry services for convicted sex offenders. New Name offers assistance in job placement, life skills, mentoring accountability, and building healthy relationships. You can learn more about the organization’s history and services on the website as well as its vision, mission, and goals.New Name Ministries
1813 South Jennings Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76110
Texas ReEntry Services, Inc. (TXRS) — TXRS is a nonprofit organization that “has developed a wrap-around style of services for persons coming out of incarceration that assists with the reintegration needs of the individual through intensive case management services in order to ease the transition for ex-offenders into mainstreet society.” You can learn more about its intake case management, free-for-life, and mental health/substance abuse services on this website. Employment services at TXRS include an intensive three-day job training program designed to address many of the barriers encountered by ex-offenders when seeking employment.1408 Saint Louis Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Texas Public Sex Offender Registry — Texas DPS maintains a sex offender registry list. This allows for searching for sex offenders in Tarrant County, Parker County and Johnson County.
Find a Sex Crime Lawyer in Fort Worth, TX
If you were arrested or believe that you are currently being investigated for an alleged sexually based offense in Texas, do not make any statement whatsoever without first seeking out the services of an attorney in Tarrant County experienced in fighting sex crimes.
Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC represents clients facing criminal charges in Fort Worth, Arlington in Tarrant County and Weatherford in Parker County as well as Cleburne in Johnson County, TX.
Our Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys have handled these cases from both sides of the bar, giving our firm a unique insight into the possible weaknesses of a prosecutor’s argument and the most effective ways to challenge certain forms of evidence.
Let us review your case by calling (817) 502-3600 or submitting an online form right now to set up a completely free initial consultation.