Criminal offenses that are sexual in nature are some of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes in Texas. In many cases, criminal charges are based entirely on the claims of alleged victims—allegations that may be exaggerated or even completely fabricated.
Every single person in the criminal justice system is presumed innocent until proven guilty, but an individual who is simply being investigated for a possible sexual offense can often feel as though the people closest to him or her have already cast judgment. Most sex crimes in Texas carry very steep penalties that not only include lengthy prison sentences and enormous fines, but also possible mandatory registration as a sex offender that can adversely affect an individual’s ability to obtain employment, housing, or professional licensing.
Attorney for Sex Crime Arrests in Conroe, TX
If you believe that you could be under investigation or you were already arrested for any kind of sexually-oriented crime in Montgomery County or Harris County, it is in your best interest to exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal counsel. Evans & Powell, PLLC aggressively defends clients accused of sexual offenses in Pinehurst, Shenandoah, Willis, Oak Ridge North, Patton Village, The Woodlands, and many surrounding areas of Montgomery County and Harris County.
Sean Evans and Frank Powell are experienced criminal defense lawyers in Conroe who will make every effort to get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Call (936) 622-2000 right now to have our attorneys review your case and help you understand your legal options during a free, confidential consultation.
Overview of Sex Crimes in Montgomery County
- What kinds of sexual offenses does your firm handle?
- When must a person register as a sex offender in Texas?
- Where can I find more information about sex crimes in Conroe?
Chapter 21 of the Texas Penal Code is dedicated to sexual offenses, although certain sex crimes can be found under other sections. A sex offense may be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on various factors surrounding the alleged offense.
Evans & Powell, PLLC handles a wide variety of sexual crime allegations, including but not limited to the following kinds of cases:
- Indecent Exposure;
- Public Lewdness;
- Child Sexual Abuse;
- Indecency with a Child;
- Child Pornography;
- Online Solicitation of a Minor;
- Improper Visual Recording or Photography;
- Statutory Rape;
- Indecency with a Child Under 17 Years of Age;
- Criminal Solicitation of a Minor Under 17 Years of Age;
- Obscene Distribution or Display;
- Rules About Sex Offender Registration;
- Federal Sex Crimes.
Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure is otherwise known as the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program. Under these state laws, any person with a reportable conviction or adjudication relating to a sexually based offense will be required to register as a sex offender and is required to register with the local law enforcement authority of the city that he or she resides in or, if they do not reside in a city, with the local law enforcement authority of the county that he or she resides in.
Sex offenders have to provide the local law enforcement authority with certain information and periodically report to verify the accuracy of the registration information. Any changes to such information must be promptly reported, otherwise the person could face possible felony prosecution.
Sex offenders are assigned a numeric risk level that measures the potential risk that he or she poses to the community upon being released from a penal institution, placed on community supervision, or juvenile probation. The three different risk levels in Texas are:
- Level One (Low) — Poses a low danger to the community and will not likely engage in criminal sexual conduct;
- Level Two (Moderate) — Poses a moderate danger to the community and may continue to engage in criminal sexual conduct; and
- Level Three (High) — Poses a serious danger to the community and will continue to engage in criminal sexual conduct.
Depending on the nature of the reportable conviction or adjudication, adult sex offenders register either for life or ten (10) years following discharge from State supervision.
Helping Victims | District Attorney of Montgomery County — Visit this section of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s website to learn more about its Victim Witness Division. Victim Assistance Coordinators educate victims about the judicial process and procedures, including courtroom accompaniment, case status, court proceedings, and assist victims in preparing for trial. Elsewhere on this website, you can also find information about the Special Victims Division of the Special Crimes Bureau, which handles cases involving child sexual abuse.
Montgomery County District Attorney
207 W. Phillips, 2nd Floor
Conroe, TX 77301
The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) — ATSA identifies itself as “an international, interdisciplinary, non-profit organization dedicated to making society safer by preventing sexual abuse.” On this website, you can learn more about the organization’s 26 chapters, its history, and what ATSA does. You can also find a variety of educational resources.
Evans & Powell, PLLC | Conroe Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer
Were you arrested or do you think you might be under investigation for any kind of alleged sexual offense in Montgomery County or Harris County? No matter how confident you are in your innocence, you should not say anything to authorities until you have first contacted Evans & Powell, PLLC.
Conroe criminal defense attorneys Sean Evans and Frank Powell represent individuals all over Montgomery County and Harris County, including Woodbranch, Panorama Village, Splendora, Cut and Shoot, Porter Heights, Magnolia, and several other nearby communities. They can provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (936) 622-2000 or submit an online contact form to receive a free initial consultation.