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    When Can You Be Cited for Indecent Exposure In Texas?

    Last updated 2 days 1 hour ago

    In Texas, there are a number of circumstances that may lead to a charge of indecent exposure. Indecent exposure is a type of sex crime that can have serious repercussions if it leads to a conviction. If you or a loved one has been charged with any type of sex crime, you will need a veteran criminal defense lawyer on your side. Your criminal defense attorney can help you understand this particular charge and the penalties it may carry.

    Types of Indecent Exposure
    This type of sex crime is defined as the reckless exposure of a person’s genitals or anus to anyone who may suffer offense. It also occurs if a person exposes his or her genitals or anus for the purpose of arousing or gratifying any individual’s sexual desire. Some examples of indecent exposure are public urination, the exposure of any part of the genitals, and the exposure of the buttocks or anus. The public exposure of female breasts, except for the purpose of breastfeeding, is also considered indecent exposure.

    Penalties for Misdemeanor Indecent Exposure
    In most cases, indecent exposure is prosecuted as a Class B misdemeanor. Under Texas law, a Class B misdemeanor can result in penalties such as a fine of up to $2,000 and a jail term of up to six months. If the offender had a previously clean record, probation instead of jail may be granted. However, the conviction will remain on the offender’s record and it can significantly interfere with that individual’s ability to obtain employment and housing.

    Penalties for Felony Indecent Exposure
    If the alleged sex crime involved a child, indecent exposure may be charged as a third-degree felony offense. If convicted of a third-degree felony in Texas, the penalties may include a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment for no more than 10 years and no less than two years.

    As a former prosecutor, Jeffrey C. Grass has in-depth knowledge of the tactics used by the prosecution to obtain a conviction against those accused of indecent exposure and other sex crimes. Our criminal law firm will fight on your behalf for the best possible outcome. To schedule a consultation with a criminal defense lawyer, call the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass of Dallas and Plano at (888) 694-0587.

    When Does a Sex Crime Become a Federal Offense?

    Last updated 2 days 23 hours ago

    Often, sex crimes are charged as offenses under state law. Examples of these types of crimes include sexual assault, molestation of a child, sexual conduct with a child, sexual assault of a spouse, failure to register as a sex offender, incest, and lewd and lascivious acts. However, sometimes a prosecutor may charge a suspected sex crimes offender under federal law. The sex crimes that may fall under federal jurisdiction are spelled out in Title 18 of the United States Code.

    Sex crimes typically become a federal offense when the suspected offender crosses state lines or international borders for the purpose of committing or while committing a sex crime. Federal law applies to offenses committed in federal prison and inside the territorial jurisdiction of the country. It also applies to the transmission of indecent materials over the Internet. Some examples of federal sexual offenses can include transporting an individual over state lines for the purpose of prostitution, buying or selling children, transmitting material that depicts the sexual exploitation of children, and travelling across state lines for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act with a child.

    Jeffrey C. Grass is a criminal defense attorney who has defended individuals in the Plano and Dallas areas for almost 20 years. If you’ve been charged with a sex crime, contact the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass at (888) 694-0587.

    Understanding Aggravated Sexual Assault Charges

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Any type of sex crime such as sexual assault can result in lifelong damage to your reputation, even if you’re exonerated of the charges. If convicted, you could be facing serious penalties, particularly if the charge is aggravated sexual assault. Since individuals accused of sex crimes are often perceived as guilty by the public before the trial even begins, it’s imperative to arrange for aggressive legal representation with a criminal law firm. A criminal defense attorney will ensure that your legal rights are upheld.

    Definition

    In Texas, a conviction of sexual assault is a second-degree felony. Aggravated sexual assault is considered a more serious offense and it is classified as a first-degree felony. A prosecutor may decide to charge a suspect with aggravated sexual assault, rather than sexual assault, depending on the facets of the case. For example, aggravated sexual assault may take the form of intentionally or knowingly causing the contact of a sexual organ to another person without that person’s consent, or causing the penetration of a sexual organ without consent. Aggravated sexual assault may involve using actions or verbal threats to cause the victim to believe that death, kidnapping, or serious bodily injury may be imminent. It may also involve the use of a deadly weapon, forcible drugging, or victimizing a person older than 65 or younger than 14.

    Penalties

    Since this type of sex crime is considered to be a first-degree felony under Texas law, individuals convicted of aggravated sexual assault face severe penalties. Under the Texas Penal Code, a first-degree felony may lead to a fine up to $10,000. Life in prison is a possibility. Alternatively, a convicted felon may face a prison sentence of not more than 99 years or less than five years. However, if the victim is younger than six, there is a minimum term of 25 years. This minimum term also applies if the victim is younger than 14 and a deadly weapon or the use of threats was involved.

    When you or a loved one is in need of aggressive legal representation in the Dallas or Plano areas, look no further than the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass. Our criminal law firm has been vigorously defending the rights of the accused for nearly 20 years. Call today at (888) 694-0587 to schedule a consultation.

    FAQs About the Texas Sex Offender Registry Program

    Last updated 15 days ago

    If convicted of a sex crime, you will be required to register with the Texas Sex Offender Registry Program. If you fail to do so, you will be charged with a felony and you’ll face additional penalties. If you have any questions about complying with the law as it relates to sex crimes, contact a criminal law firm. A criminal defense attorney can help you learn how to be in full compliance so as to avoid additional penalties.

    Who Must Register In Texas?

    You may be required to register if registration is a condition of your parole or release to mandatory supervision, if it’s a condition of community supervision, or if you have a reportable conviction or adjudication. In other words, if you were convicted of a sex crime, you may be required by law to register. Additionally, if you were convicted of a sex crime in another state and then move to Texas, you could be required to register.

    What Is the Registration Procedure?

     If required to register, you must do so with the local law enforcement of your municipality or county of residence. You must register promptly upon moving to that location. Upon registering, you will be required to provide certain information, such as your full name, physical characteristics, Social Security number, and employment information. The registration database will include your photograph.

    Can Anyone View the Information?

    In most cases, the public can view the information in the sex offender registry. The public will not have access to the offender’s Social Security number, phone number, or driver’s license number.

    What Are the Different Risk Levels?

    Offenders are classified according to a numeric risk level. Level one is low risk, level two is moderate risk, and level three is high risk. Offenders who are considered moderate or high risk will have a greater level of supervision by law enforcement officers.

    The criminal defense team at the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass understands the many intricacies of sex offender registration and we’ll advocate on your behalf to minimize the consequences. In some cases, our criminal defense lawyer can lessen your risk level to reduce the intensity of law enforcement supervision. Those in the Dallas and Plano areas are welcome to call our criminal law firm at (888) 694-0587.

    When Can You Be Charged With a Lewd Act?

    Last updated 20 days ago

    A lewd act is a type of sex crime. You may be charged with a lewd act if you are suspected of committing any type of unlawful conduct which results in your own sexual arousal or the arousal of the individual to whom the act was directed. One example of a lewd act is indecent exposure. For example, many people face this particular charge after an evening of drinking at a bar, during which they may attempt to relieve themselves in a public area. Other examples of lewd acts are sexual conduct in a public place, pornography, and indecency with a child.

    If convicted of committing a lewd act, you may face jail time, fines, or a mandatory treatment program, and you may be required to register as a sex offender. You will also suffer permanent damage to your reputation, making it more difficult to gain employment.

    If you or a loved one has been accused of any type of sex crime, including lewd acts, call the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass at (888) 694-0587. Our criminal law firm represents the rights of individuals in the Dallas and Plano areas.

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