Houston Lawyer for Indecency with a Child
Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Houston, Texas
There may be no other category of crime that can do as much harm to a person's
reputation as being accused of indeceny with a child. Even the suggestion
that you may have committed indecency with a child has the potential to
destroy personal and professional relationships.
In addition, a conviction for indecency with a child will result in a criminal
record that follows you for the rest of your life, and the requirement
to register as a sex offender for at least 10 years and possibly the rest
of your life.
Section 21.11. INDECENCY WITH A CHILD.
(a) A person commits an offense if, with a child younger than 17 years of
age, whether the child is of the same or opposite sex and regardless of
whether the person knows the age of the child at the time of the offense,
(1) engages in sexual contact with the child or causes the child to engage
in sexual contact; or
(2) with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person:
(A) exposes the person's anus or any part of the person's genitals,
knowing the child is present; or
(B) causes the child to expose the child's anus or any part of the child's
(b) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the actor:
(1) was not more than three years older than the victim and of the opposite sex;
(2) did not use duress, force, or a threat against the victim at the time
of the offense; and
(3) at the time of the offense:
(A) was not required under
Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure, to register for life as a sex offender; or
(B) was not a person who under
Chapter 62 had a reportable conviction or adjudication for an offense under this section.
(b-1) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the
actor was the spouse of the child at the time of the offense.
(c) In this section, "sexual contact" means the following acts,
if committed with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of
(1) any touching by a person, including touching through clothing, of the
anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a child; or
(2) any touching of any part of the body of a child, including touching through
clothing, with the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a person.
(d) An offense under
Subsection (a)(1) is a felony of the second degree and an offense under
Subsection (a)(2) is a felony of the third degree.
Aggressive Sex Crime Defense Strategies in Houston
I know what is at stake and understand how embarrassing it is to be arrested
for indecency with a child. I believe in the presumption of innocence,
which means I am not here to judge you, I am here to defend you. I treat
every client with respect and handle every case with the utmost discretion
and tact. I will be there with you at every step and see your case through
to the end. Call my office at 713-468-9333 to schedule an appointment.