Being accused of committing rape or another sexual offense is devastating. Even assuming you are completely innocent of the charge, the reaction of those around you will likely be (a) to assume the truth of the allegations, and (b) to condemn, shun and ostracize you as if you had already been convicted.
It is essential that you choose an attorney who is not afraid to fight hard for you no matter what the charges against you may be, who will treat you with the respect you deserve, and who will work tirelessly to insure that your rights are protected. Contact Austin criminal attorney Matthew Shrum for a free consultation.
The range of sex crimes in substantial. While some are misdemeanors, most of the offenses are serious felonies. And a conviction in most cases will lead to mandatory registration as a sex offender. Here are some of the many sex offenses under Texas law:
While these are very serious offenses, you are entitled to a presumption of innocence. The charge may be the result of false allegations by a former spouse or lover. Or the statements of a child may have been manipulated. Defenses may also involve a lack of physical evidence, or failure to establish the requisite intent. In a case involving an offense against a child, the age requirements may not have been met. And in statutory rape cases, the relative ages of the parties may provide a defense. Whatever the specifics of your case may be, choose a sex crimes lawyer with the experience and dedication to make sure that all defenses are properly raised, to increase the chances for successful result.
The Sex Offender Registration law requires that anyone with a "reportable conviction or adjudication" and anyone else who may be required to do so as a condition of parole or community supervision, must register under the act. Reportable convictions and adjudications include the following offenses:
Don't leave your future to chance. Choose an experienced Austin criminal lawyer to guide you through the process of defending against a sex crime charge. At the Law Office of Matthew Shrum, were are committed to providing our clients with outstanding legal representation. Call today for a free consultation.