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    Exploring Statutory Rape Laws

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Statutory rape and other types of sex crimes are taken very seriously. The mere accusation of a sex crime can significantly damage an individual’s reputation, family relationships, and employment prospects. If you or a loved one has been accused of statutory rape—even if you have not yet been charged—it’s essential to get in touch with a veteran criminal defense lawyer right away. A criminal attorney can help you understand statutory rape laws and the potential penalties.

    What Is Statutory Rape?
    Statutory rape is defined as sexual contact between an individual and a person who has not yet reached the age of consent. The age of consent varies among the different states. Under Texas law, an individual cannot consent to sex until the age of 17. It does not matter if both individuals agreed to the sexual act.

    Are There Any Exceptions?
    Statutory rape laws do acknowledge some exceptions. For example, in Texas, an individual can be charged with statutory rape if the other individual was under the age of 17 and the accused rapist is more than three years older. This means that a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old could legally engage in sex. However, if one of the individuals is under the age of 14, the other individual will be charged with statutory rape. No child under the age of 14 in Texas can legally consent to sex.

    What Are the Potential Penalties?
    If convicted of statutory rape, you’re facing severe penalties. If you were charged with indecency with a child, you are facing between two and 20 years in prison. This is a second-degree felony. Sexual assault, which is also a second-degree felony, carries the same potential prison term. Aggravated sexual assault is defined as any type of sexual penetration. It is a first-degree felony and carries a prison term of five to 99 years.

    At the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass, we specialize in defending the rights of those accused of sex crimes, including statutory rape and child sex abuse. Mr. Grass has extensive experience in the courtroom and guides clients through every step of the judicial process. If you or a loved one in the Dallas and Plano areas require the services of a criminal defense lawyer, call our criminal law firm at (888) 694-0587 or visit our website.

    Tips for Dressing for Court

    Last updated 18 days ago

    When you hire a criminal defense attorney, you can rest assured that your legal rights will be well represented in court. Although your criminal attorney will do the majority of the work for you, you’ll still need to make an effort to present yourself in the best possible light. Pretend as though you are going to a job interview. Always dress conservatively for court appearances. Make sure you’re well groomed and that your clothes aren’t too flashy or revealing.

    You can get some more helpful tips on dressing for court by watching this video. You’ll see several before and after images of individuals going to court appearances. This video also reminds you to be on time for all court proceedings.

    For nearly 20 years, the criminal law firm of the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass has been defending the rights of individuals in the Dallas and Plano areas. If you need a criminal defense lawyer, you can arrange for aggressive legal representation by calling (214) 736-7765.

    Busting Myths About Prostitution

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Criminal defense lawyers often represent clients accused of sex crimes such as prostitution. Prostitution may be charged as either a state crime, such as soliciting, or a federal crime, such as transporting an individual for the purpose of prostitution. The laws regarding prostitution vary from state to state. In Texas, for example, an individual convicted of a third offense is facing a state jail felony. Despite the prevalence of prostitution, there are plenty of misconceptions about it. The stereotypes that applied in previous years are now outdated.

    Myth: Prostitutes Are Only Visited for Sex
    It seems counterintuitive, but quite often, men visit prostitutes for reasons other than sexual intercourse. In fact, according to a survey referenced by The Washington Post, about 40 percent of interactions between clients and high-end call girls do not involve sex. That figure drops to about 20 percent when low-end sex workers are involved. Instead, sex-free interactions between prostitutes and clients involve a form of talk therapy. The clients may simply desire a judgment-free conversation.

    Myth: Most Prostitutes Are Forced into the Trade
    For quite a long time, most prostitutes were forced into the sex trade. Many of them were abused as children. Individuals often became addicted to drugs and then became prostitutes as a means to pay for their addictions. However, in recent years, prostitution has become more of a conscious choice than a last resort. This is particularly true of high-end prostitutes, who are often educated women who become prostitutes to enjoy part-time, flexible work that pays well.

    Myth: Prostitutes Are Mostly Found on Street Corners
    Prostitutes were once found almost exclusively in back alleys and on street corners in red light districts. Now, however, they are primarily found online. Prostitutes and their clients are more likely to meet in bars or in hotels.

    Criminal attorney Jeffrey Grass is a former judge advocate general (JAG) with more than two decades of experience in defending clients in court. If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime such as prostitution, contact our criminal law firm in Plano or Dallas right away. You can reach the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass at (214) 736-7765.

    What Is a Felony?

    Last updated 24 days ago

    A felony is a type of crime that encompasses a more severe level of punishment as compared to lesser crimes, such as misdemeanors and violations. If you have been charged with any type of felony, such as a sex crime or aggravated assault, contact a criminal defense lawyer to help you better understand your situation. Your criminal attorney can advise you as to whether you are facing a first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree felony. A first-degree felony is the most serious type of felony that can lead to the most severe repercussions.

    If you’re convicted of a felony, you’re almost certainly facing a long prison sentence, as compared to up to a year in jail for lesser crimes. The court can order you to pay fines and restitution. After you’re released from prison, you’ll likely have a sentence of probation. Plus, you’ll face other long-term consequences, such as losing your right to own firearms, to vote, or to serve in the military.

    At the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass, our criminal attorney has a long track record of favorable outcomes for clients in the Dallas and Plano areas. If you are facing a felony charge of a sex crime, aggravated assault, or other offense, call us today at (214) 736-7765.

    Get the Facts About Sex Trafficking in North Texas

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Sex trafficking is a global problem and North Texas is certainly not immune from it. Sex trafficking, or human trafficking, victimizes an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 people each year in the U.S., including in Texas. Individuals who have been accused of sex trafficking or other types of sex crimes should contact a criminal defense lawyer right away. A criminal attorney in Dallas can advise you of your legal rights and build a strong case in your defense

    Human Trafficking Definition
    The definition of human trafficking is broad and encompasses actions such as recruiting, harboring, transporting, or procuring an individual. It includes involuntary servitude, such as forced labor, slavery, and forced commercial sex acts. Individuals who are victims of human trafficking are quite often forced to work in factories, farms, households, and restaurants, in addition to being forced to commit sex acts against their will. Human trafficking is often mistakenly thought of as being the same as human smuggling. The difference between these two offenses is that human smuggling involves transporting an individual across a country’s borders, depriving that individual of his or her freedom.

    Human Trafficking Victims
    Human trafficking victimizes individuals of all nationalities, genders, backgrounds, and ages. Victims may be children, men, or women. While anyone can become a victim, they are quite often individuals of a low level of education. Victims are frequently those who do not speak English and do not understand U.S. law. Their backgrounds often involve abusive homes.

    Human Trafficking Red Flags
    The authorities should be notified if any of the red flags of this type of sex crime are observed. Victims of human trafficking may show signs of abuse, such as unexplained injuries or bruises, and malnutrition. They may act in a fearful or depressed manner, and they may suffer from social isolation. Victims may be forced to sleep where they work and they may not receive compensation for their work. Human trafficking victims frequently feel that they are unable to get out of their situation on their own.

    Sex trafficking is a serious crime, as with any type of sex crime. If you are facing sex crimes charges, call (214) 736-7765 to reach the Dallas or Plano locations of the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass. Our criminal defense lawyer provides exceptional representation and works toward practical solutions for his clients.

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