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    A Look at Texas' Sexting Bill

    Last updated 1 day 23 hours ago

    As the use of cellphones among teens and preteens continues to climb, parents and lawmakers alike have become increasingly concerned about a dangerous trend: sexting. Sexting involves sending or receiving any images or videos that are sexually explicit and involve a minor. All too often, teens fail to understand the personal implications and legal penalties involved with sexting—until they’re charged with a crime and must consult a criminal defense attorney. Parents of children who have been charged with a sex crime look forward to alternative options with the introduction of a new sexting bill in Texas.

    Felony Offenses for Sexting

    Under the current Texas law, individuals charged with sexting are automatically charged with child pornography—a serious felony that could lead to jail time and being required to register as a sex offender. The charge can apply to both the sender and the recipient. However, many criminal defense lawyers and other advocates have pointed out that the current law is too steep for teens who simply made a thoughtless mistake and didn’t intend to create child pornography.

    Penalties of Sexting

    Under the new proposed sexting bill, minors would face a Class C misdemeanor charge for sexting, rather than a felony charge. However, if a teen involved with the incident has prior convictions for sexting, he or she could face a Class A or B misdemeanor. Under this bill, judges could choose to sentence young offenders to educational programs, rather than jail time. Parents would join their teens in learning about the dangers of sexting during these programs. Additionally, the bill would allow teens to expunge a sexting conviction from their records, which would enable them to pursue higher education and careers without having the stigma of a sex crime on their records.

    The criminal defense lawyers of the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass provide aggressive legal representation to those who have been charged with child pornography after sexting. When you partner with our law firm, you can rest assured that the full resources of our offices are behind your case. Call our law firm in Dallas today at (888) 694-0587 to learn about your legal rights.

    Different Types of Elder Abuse

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Elder abuse affects hundreds of thousands of seniors each year in the U.S. There are many different types of elder abuse, which is inflicted on those who are often vulnerable and helpless to defend themselves. The nature of this type of crime demands aggressive legal representation by a criminal defense attorney with experience in this practice area. If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime related to elder abuse, it’s important to contact a criminal lawyer as soon as possible.

    Sexual Abuse

    As with sex crimes involving children or other individuals, sex crimes committed against the elderly involve any type of non-consensual sexual contact. This could include forcible touching, lewd acts, and non-consensual sex. In the event that the senior has dementia, he or she may be found unable to consent to sex. Some signs of sexual abuse among the elderly include bruises around the genitals or breasts.

    Exploitation

    Elder abuse often involves some form of financial exploitation. Sometimes, the person to whom the senior has entrusted the handling of financial matters is accused of concealing funds or misusing funds. Illegally withdrawing funds, or concealing property or assets also constitutes exploitation.

    Physical Abuse

    Physical abuse is another type of elder abuse. It may include restraining the senior through use of physical or chemical methods. It can also include inflicting physical injuries and pain upon the senior via kicking, slapping, or otherwise assaulting the individual.

    Neglect

    Seniors are often reliant upon the help of others to provide for their basic needs, including feeding, dressing, bathing, and other basic self-care needs. When the caregiver of a senior fails to provide these basic needs, it is considered neglect, a form of elder abuse. Neglect may encompass the failure to provide healthcare, safety, food, and shelter.

    At the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass, we understand the complex issues involved with being charged with sexual abuse or other offenses committed against the elderly. Our criminal defense lawyers provide immediate advocacy and in-depth investigation to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients. If you live in the Dallas or Plano areas, connect with a criminal lawyer at our law firm today by calling (888) 694-0587.

    Passing Through a DUI Checkpoint

    Last updated 7 days ago

    DUI checkpoints, or drunk driving checkpoints, are road blocks police officers establish to screen drivers for indications of alcohol or drug intoxication. When you pass through a DUI checkpoint, the officer will examine you for signs of intoxication, such as slurred speech and glassy eyes. If the officer suspects you have been drinking, you’ll be asked to get out of your car for a field sobriety test.

    Watch this video to hear what could happen if you refuse to take the field sobriety test or if you fail it. This expert also explains the viewpoint of opponents to DUI checkpoints and what the Supreme Court has ruled regarding the matter.

    The criminal defense lawyers of the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass, with locations in the Dallas and Plano areas, will aggressively defend your legal rights if you’ve been charged with DUI. Contact our Dallas law office right away at (888) 694-0587 to arrange for legal representation.

    A Look at the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program

    Last updated 14 days ago

    The Texas Sex Offender Registration Program was designed to protect the public from sexual offenders by requiring adult and juvenile offenders to register with a local law enforcement agency. If the offender doesn’t reside in a city, then he or she needs to register with local law enforcement in the county in which he or she permanently resides. In addition to providing their name and address, registered sex offenders are required to provide the law enforcement agency with a current color photograph.

    Registration

    The Texas Sex Offender Registry contains the sex offender’s name, address, photograph, and the offense for which he or she was convicted. Periodically, registered sex offenders need to report to their local law enforcement agencies to ensure that all of the information contained in the registry is accurate and current. If any changes occur, then he or she needs to report the changes to the local law enforcement agency. Failing to comply with these registration requirements can result in felony prosecution.

    Public notification

    The public is notified of registered Texas sex offenders in a variety of ways. To begin, the Texas Department of Public Safety maintains a statewide sex offender registration database, which houses all information provided to local law enforcement authorities by sex offenders. Texas state law dictates that most information contained in the database should be available to the public. As a result, the public can access the registry information at any time through the Texas Department of Public Safety’s official website.

    Published information

    Some Texas law enforcement agencies have established local websites to help the public check for sex offenders residing in their community. In addition, local law enforcement agencies are allowed to publish certain registered sex offenders’ information in a newspaper or other community periodical.  

    Not only can a sex crime charge result in a lengthy jail sentence, but it also carries the social stigma surrounding such accusations. If you’re being charged with a sex crime in Texas, contact the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass at (888) 694-0587. Our Dallas criminal defense attorneys represent those accused of state and federal sex crimes.    

    Steps to Take if You're Under Investigation for a Sex Crime

    Last updated 15 days ago

    If you’ve become the subject of a criminal sexual investigation, you may already learn you are under investigation before you are formally charged. In this case, you should take action immediately, as this ensures you will have the strongest defense. Even if you aren’t charged yet, you can schedule an appointment with a criminal defense attorney, who will advise you on how to defend yourself against potential sex crime allegations.

    When consulting with criminal defense attorneys, it’s important to look for someone who has extensive experience defending people accused of sex crimes. The sooner you meet with an attorney, the better he or she can begin to build a defense strategy. To avoid making any incriminating statements, you should avoid speaking with the police. In addition, you should cease contact with the alleged victim of the crime, as it is easy for your statements or actions to be misunderstood. 

    The lawyers of the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass are committed to providing exceptional defense to those accused of sexual offenses in Dallas. For more information, give us a call at (888) 694-0587.

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