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Sex Crimes

Police, prosecutors, and courts take sex crimes allegations very seriously. Sex crimes can carry harsh punishments including hefty prison sentences, steep fines, a permanent record, and sex offender registration requirements. What’s more, a sex crime accusation can negatively impact your family and future. Damage to your reputation and your career can be irreversible. Don’t put your life, family, and future in just anyone’s hands. When you’re facing all this, you need the best possible Dallas sex crimes lawyer in your corner.

 

Dallas Sex Crimes Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been accused of a sex crime in Dallas, contact the Law Office of Mike Howard immediately. Most importantly, Dallas sex crimes lawyer Mike Howard has the experience, trial skills, and dedication that you need when you are fighting for your life. We will do everything we can to fight for you. Moreover, Mr. Howard will give you an honest assessment of your case and explain the law and your legal options. 

A Different Kind of Lawyer

We approach our clients differently than a lot of lawyers. Above all, our philosophy is that being a great lawyer is more than getting you a great result. First, our office is centered around you. This means we start by truly listening to you to understand your case and your goals. Further, our team works to provide you a client experience that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Answering your questions and keeping you informed is very important to us. Most importantly, we treat you as a person, not a number. Finally, our goal is to achieve the best possible result for you. If you’re looking for a different kind of lawyer you’ve come to the right place.

Our Case Process

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Listen & Understand

We focus on clients as real people. First, we list to understand who you are and what you need. Then we make sure we fully understand the facts of the case.
We explain the law, your rights, and the legal process. Because communication is very important to us, we strive to quickly answer questions and return communication.

Open Communication

We explain the law, your rights, and the legal process. Because communication is very important to us, we strive to quickly answer questions and return communication.
Simply put: we fight hard for you. In the courtroom, in negotiations, and before a case even is officially opened, we fight for justice for you.

Fight for Justice

Simply put: we fight hard for you. In the courtroom, in negotiations, and before a case even is officially opened, we fight for justice for you.

 

Sexual Assault Offenses

Dallas sex crimes defense lawyer Mike Howard explains the most common the sex crimes charges and what they require the prosecutor to prove. 

Sexual Assault 

A person commits sex assault (Texas Penal Code § 22.011) if they intentionally or knowingly penetrate, or cause to be penetrated, the mouth, sexual organs, or anus of another person without that person’s consent. Sexual assault is sometimes commonly referred to as rape or statutory rape. For more information about sexual assault charges in Dallas, see our sexual assault page

Aggravated Sexual Assault

A person commits aggravated sexual assault (Texas Penal Code § 22.021) if they commit sexual assault as described above, and:

  • causes serious bodily injury or attempts to cause the death of the alleged victim or any other person in the course of the episode
  • places the alleged victim in fear of death, serious bodily injury, or that they will be kidnapped or trafficked
  • uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during the episode
  • the alleged victim is younger than 14 years of age (13 years old or younger)
  • the alleged victim is elderly (65 years of age or older) or disabled

Aggravated sexual assault is sometimes commonly called aggravated rape. For more information about aggravated sexual assault charges in Dallas, see our aggravated sexual assault page

Indecent Assault

A person commits indecent assault (Texas Penal Code § 22.012) if, with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, they:

  • touch the anus, breast, or the genitals of another person
  • touch another person with the anus, breast or genitals of any person
  • exposes or attempts to expose another person’s genitals, pubic area, anus, buttocks, or female areola, or
  • causes another person to contact the blood, seminal fluid, vaginal fluid, saliva, urine, or feces of any person

For more information about indecent assault charges in Dallas, see our indecent assault page

Invasive Visual Recording

A person commits invasive visual recording if, without the other person’s consent and with the intent to invade the privacy of the other person, they: 

  • photograph or by videotape or other electronic means records, broadcast, or transmit a visual image of an intimate area of another person if the other person has a reasonable expectation that the intimate area is not subject to public view;
  • photograph or by videotape or other electronic means records, broadcast, or transmit a visual image of another in a bathroom or changing room; or
  • knowing the character and content of the photograph, recording, broadcast, or transmission, promotes a photograph, recording, broadcast, or transmission described in the above two descriptions.

These cases used to be called improper photography until that law was held unconstitutional. For more information about invasive visual recording charges in Dallas, see our invasive visual recording page

 

 

Child Sexual Abuse Offenses

Dallas sex crimes lawyer Mike Howard explains the most common child abuse-related sex crimes charges and what the prosecutor most prove in each.

Sexual Assault of a Child

A person commits child sexual assault (Texas Penal Code § 22.011) if they commit sexual assault (above) against a child between the ages of 14-17. For more information about sexual assault of a child charges in Dallas, see our sexual assault of a child page

Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

A person commits aggravated child sexual assault (Texas Penal Code § 22.021) if they commit sexual assault (above) against a child younger than 14 years old or if the commit sexual assault of a child 14-17 years of age plus one of the aggravating factors discussed above. For more information about aggravated sexual assault of a child charges in Dallas, see our aggravated sexual assault of a child page.

Indecency with a Child By Contact

A person commits indecency with a child by contact (Texas Penal Code § 21.11) if they engage in sexual contact with a child younger than 17 years old or cause a child younger than 17 years old to engage in sexual contact. For more information about indecency with a child by contact charges in Dallas, see our indecency a child page.

Indecency with a Child By Exposure

A person commits indecency with a child by exposure (Texas Penal Code § 21.11) if, with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, they expose their anus or any part of the person’s genitals knowing a child younger than 17 years old is present, or cause a child younger than 17 years old to expose the child’s anus or any part of the child’s genitals.

For more information about indecency with a child by exposure charges in Dallas, see our indecency a child page.

Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child 

A person commits continuous sexual abuse of a child (Texas Penal Code § 21.02) if, during a period that is more than 30 days in duration, they commit two or more acts of sexual abuse against one or more victims. For more information about continuous sexual abuse charges in Dallas, see our continuous sexual abuse of a child page.

Possession of Child Pornography

A person commits possession of child pornography (also commonly referred to as child porn) (Texas Penal Code § 43.26) if they intentionally or knowingly possess, or intentionally accesses with the intent to view, material that visually depicts a child under the age of 18 engaging in sexual conduct and the accused person knows the material depicts a child under the age of 18. For more information about possession of child pornography charges in Dallas, see our child pornography charges page.

Promotion of Child Pornography 

A person can be charged with promotion of child pornography (Texas Penal Code § 43.26) if they promote or possess with the intent to promote child pornography and they know the person depicted in the material is a child. For more information about promotion of child pornography charges in Dallas, see our child pornography charges page.

Sexual Performance of a Child

A person commits sexual performance of a child (Texas Penal Code § 43.25) if, knowing the character and content thereof, he employs, authorizes, or induces a child younger than 18 years of age to engage in sexual conduct or a sexual performance. For more information about sexual performance of a child charges in Dallas, see our sexual performance of a child page.

Also, see our child abuse offenses page.

 

 

Public Nudity Offenses

Often public nudity offenses turn out to be innocent, accidental, or police harassment, but public nudity offenses can carry serious consequences and even require the accused to register as a sex offender.

Indecent Exposure

A person can be charged with indecent exposure (Texas Penal Code § 21.08) if they exposes their anus or any part of their genitals with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person and is reckless about whether another person who is present who will be offended or alarmed. Indecent exposure offenses are Class B misdemeanors exposing the person to up to 180 days in the county jail and a fine of up to $2,000. For more information about indecent exposure charges in Dallas, see our indecent exposure page.

Public Lewdness

A person can be charged with public lewdness (Texas Penal Code § 21.07) if they knowingly engage in sexual acts in a public place or, if not in a public place, is reckless about whether another person who is present will be offended or alarmed. Public lewdness offenses are Class A misdemeanors exposing the person to up to 365 days in the county jail and a fine of up to $4,000. For more information about public lewdness charges in Dallas, see our public lewdness page.

 

Prostitution Offenses

Prostitution

A person can be charged with prostitution (Texas Penal Code § 43.02) if they knowingly:

  • offers or agrees to receive a fee from another to engage in sexual conduct
  • offers or agrees to pay a fee to another person for engaging in sexual conduct

Prostitution offenses can be classified as anything from a Class B misdemeanor up to a second-degree felony, depending on the facts of the case and to what extent the accused person has a history of prostitution convictions. For more information about prostitution charges in Dallas, see our prostitution page.

Acting as what is commonly referred to as a pimp could get a person charged with promotion of prostitution, aggravated promotion of prostitution, online promotion of prostitution, aggravated online promotion of prostitution, or compelling prostitution. These offenses range from third-degree up to first-degree felonies.

 

Resources and Information

See our criminal defense resource center for more information on fundamental rights in a criminal case, definitions of culpable mental states (intentionally, knowingly, etc), defenses to prosecution, and more.

Visit Our YouTube Channel for informational videos and client testimonials.

Visit Our blog for posts on cases, defenses, and criminal law information.

 

Sex Offender Registration in Texas

Convictions or even deferred probation for many sex crimes will require a person to register as a sex offender. This forces the person to register with their local law enforcement agency. Further, they must update that registration yearly and notify law enforcement before they move their residence. Moreover, sex offenders are also restricted from living in certain places, such as close to schools and other places children go. Make sure to consult a knowledgeable Dallas sex crimes attorney to fully understand your case and situation.

Some offenses, like any sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, indecency with a child by contact require sex offender registration for life. Other offenses require registration for the period of the sentence (of jail or probation) plus 10 years. It is vitally important to consult an experienced Dallas sex crimes attorney to determine what you or your loved one may face in terms of sex offender registration requirements.

 

Dallas Sex Crimes Lawyer Mike Howard

Above all, I strive to help my clients through difficult times with compassion and integrity. In Dallas innocent people can get accused, charged, and convicted when they don’t have a Dallas sex crimes lawyer fighting for them. I believe in standing up for people facing criminal accusations and helping them navigate all that comes with being thrown into the criminal justice system. 

Client-Centered

The cornerstone of my law practice is focusing on my clients as individuals.  I start by taking the time to understand not just the facts of their case, but who they are and what they need. Because I know the criminal justice system can be intimidating, I explain the process, their rights, and their options. Client communication is extremely important to me, so I make sure my team and I do everything possible to quickly answer questions and return messages.

Willing to Fight

Most importantly, I am willing to fight a case in court.  I have a track record of delivering fantastic results at trial. While not every client and case needs to go to trial, it can make a difference. When your Dallas sex crimes attorney has a reputation as a skilled trial lawyer who fights for their clients, however, it can make all the difference in the world.

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A Proven Track Record

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R.S. – Indecency with a Child

Our client, who suffered from serious mental health issues, was accused of touching his sister. We were able to convince the grand jury to dismiss the case

M.J. – Continuous Sexual Abuse

Our client was accused by the daughter of an ex-girlfriend of repeatedly abusing her. We were able to show the jury that all sorts of motive existed to make this story up and that no proof existed. The jury found M.J. Not Guilty

L.M. – Sexual Assault 

Our client was a teenage boy who had consensual sex with a girl at a party. When her parents found out she claimed rape. We were able to fully investigate and convince the detective to reject the case

E.I. – Aggravated Sexual Assault

Our client was a college athlete who was accused by two underage family members of sexually assaulting them years prior. We were able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss all charges

C.L. – Sexual Assault

Our client was a college student who was wrongly accused of holding a girl against her will and repeatedly raping her. We fully investigated and were able to completely blow her false story out of the water. The grand jury dismissed all charges

M.T. – Indecency with a Child By Contact

Our client was accused of repeatedly a child family member. He denied any wrongdoing all the way to trial. We were able to convince the jury that the prosecution just didn’t have enough evidence. Not Guilty

F.S. – Sexual Assault

Our client was accused by his ex-wife of raping her. He denied it and maintained it was consensual. We fought for F.S. in court and the jury found him Not Guilty

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