Tarrant County Sex Crime Defense Attorneys
Sex crime accusations can range from date-rape situations, to stranger rape, to child abuse, to lesser crimes such as public lewdness. Specific offenses include:
- Sexual assault of a child
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Indecency with a child
- Continuous sexual abuse
If you have been charged with a sex crime, you should seek a lawyer's help as soon as possible.
If you are under suspicion or investigation, you should never enter into dialogue with the police before contacting a lawyer. The police will want to leave you with the impression that they are on your side. However, they are well-schooled in interviewing techniques. They know how to get people to say things that will help them prove the charges and eliminate possible defenses.
People who are accused of sex crimes—and child sex crimes in particular—are terrified for good reason. These cases carry very negative stigma, regardless of the principle that all persons are presumed innocent. In some instances, an ex-spouse makes a false accusation of child abuse to gain leverage in a child custody dispute.
Even though plea bargains may be available for a sex charge, our defense lawyers always take a cautious approach. Even if you receive probation in a sex case, you could be subject to sex offender registration for the rest of your life.
Defenses in Sex Crime Case
There are two basic defenses in a sex crime case:
- You weren't involved
- Sex was consensual (except in cases of statutory rape, in which consent isn't a defense)
DNA evidence can be strong evidence in a sex crime case. If you give a statement to police that it wasn't you and your DNA matches samples collected from the victim, then you may have thrown out both defenses. You should never say anything to police before you have received a lawyer's advice.
Taking a Polygraph Test
Most police investigators will ask you to take a polygraph test if you have denied guilt. However, we would not recommend that you take a police polygraph. A police conducted polygraph is frequently used as a prelude to intensive interrogation that lead to a confession that is very damaging evidence. Our lawyers can hire a reputable polygraph examiner who would work as our agent, protected by attorney-client privilege. This means the results of the polygraph would not be disclosed until we have had a chance to review it.
Free consultation: If you have been charged with a sex crime in Texas, contact a board-certified criminal defense attorney at Ball & Hase in Arlington. In an emergency, call 817-412-7449. We answer calls 24 hours a day.