Indecency with a Child
Indecency with a child is a felony that will bring very serious consequences and penalties in Texas. Some other sexual offenses are less serious. If you have been accused of indecency with a child you need to contact a San Antonio criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Call the Texas sex crime lawyers at Rush & Gransee to determine what you need to do to protect your rights. Early intervention by a criminal defense attorney may mean the difference between a long prison sentence and your freedom. You have rights and they need to be aggressively defended.
Indecency with a child can occur in many different ways. One way in which indecency with a child in Texas occurs is when the anus, breast or sexual organ of a child younger than 17 years is touched, even if done over or through clothing, with the intent to arouse the sexual desire of any person. Again, there are various affirmative defenses that may apply when the perpetrator and child are near the same age. The child cannot legally consent if the actor is more than three years older than the child.
Unintentional touching is not criminal. Intentional touching that is not done with the intent to arouse sexually is not criminal. Normal child rearing and child caring with accepted degrees of interaction and touching do not give rise to sex crime charges.
Indecency with a child by contact is a second-degree felony in Texas. Upon entering a plea bargain or being found guilty by a jury a defendant will be required to register as a sex offender the rest of his life. If someone is placed on deferred adjudication, regular probation, or sent to prison for a sex assault they will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. A no-contest plea with a plea bargain for deferred adjudication will still require lifetime registration as a sex offender.
Indecency with a child in Texas also occurs when someone commits indecent exposure knowing a child is present. Also, it is committed when you cause the child to expose the child's anus or genitals. Merely exposing oneself or having the child expose him or herself is insufficient. The exposure must be done with the intent to arouse or sexually gratify someone. Indecency with a child by exposure in Texas is a third-degree felony and will require registration as a sex offender.
At Rush & Gransee, L.C., we will make sure that the authorities and prosecutors respect your rights as a United States citizen and defend you to the fullest extent under the law. The lawyers at Rush & Gransee, L.C., aggressively defend clients throughout Texas.
Call to speak to one of our Texas indecency with a child defense lawyers if you are being investigated for Indecency with a child crime in Texas or have been charged with a sex crime in Texas. Call us at 210-223-9200 or toll free 888-501-9299 for an initial free consultation.