Defending Felony Sexual Allegations in Texas
Texas Sexual Offenses Defense Attorney Cody L. Cofer
Allegations of sexual misconduct have many different labels and associated terms. People commonly refer to certain conduct as “rape,” “incest,” or “indecent exposure.” The laws in Texas have specific terms for different kinds of allegations. The label used may be confusing. Some may be felony sexual accusations (possibly resulting in a prison sentence) or some may be misdemeanor sexual accusations (possibly resulting in a county jail sentence). Cody L. Cofer is a criminal defense lawyer that will fight to protect your rights and reputation. When you’re facing sexual accusations in Fort Worth, Texas call the Tarrant County criminal defense attorney who will work from day one to have your case dismissed or have a jury find you “not guilty.”
Some of those felony sexual allegations may include:
Sexual Assault: Very few charges could pose such a negative impact on your future as sexual assault allegations. Any individual could claim they were sexually assaulted without providing any substantiated evidence. Horrifically, sexual assault charges are sometimes based on malicious accusations based on a variety of motivations. [Read More…]
Indecency with A Child: A person commits an offense if, with a child younger than 17 years of age , whether the child is of the same or opposite sex, the person engages in sexual contact with the child or causes the child to engage in sexual contact. Or a person could be accused of having the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desires and exposing the person’s anus or any part of the person’s genitals, knowing the child is present. A third way indecency with a child is alleged is causing the child to expose the child’s anus or any part of the child’s genitals. “Sexual Contact” in this context means the following acts, if committed with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person: (1) any touching by a person, including touching through clothing, of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a child; or (2) any touching of any part of the body of a child, including touching through clothing, with the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a person. These allegations can be punished as either a second or third degree felony. This means you could be facing up to 20 years in prison. When you’re facing charges of indecency with a child, call Fort Worth Sexual Offenses Criminal Defense Attorney Cody L. Cofer: (817) 810-9395. [Read More…]
Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child or Children: This accusation means that during a period that is 30 or more days in duration, the person commits two or more acts of sexual abuse, regardless of whether the acts of sexual abuse are committed against one or more victims; and at the time of the commission of each of the acts of sexual abuse, the actor is 17 years of age or older and the victim is a child younger than 14 years of age. In this context “act of sexual abuse” means any act that is a violation of one or more of the following penal laws: (1) aggravated kidnapping under Section 20.04(a)(4) of the Penal Code, if the actor committed the offense with the intent to violate or abuse the victim sexually; (2) indecency with a child under Section 21.11(a)(1) of the Penal Code , if the actor committed the offense in a manner other than by touching, including touching through clothing, the breast of a child; (3) sexual assault under Section 22.011 of the Penal Code; (4) aggravated sexual assault under Section 22.021 of the Penal Code; (5) burglary under Section 30.02 of the Penal Code, if the offense is punishable under Subsection (d) of that section and the actor committed the offense with the intent to commit an offense listed in Subdivisions (1)-(4); and (6) sexual performance by a child under Section 43.25 of the Penal Code. When you are facing charges of sexual abuse of a child, call Texas Sexual Abuse Allegation Defense Attorney Cody L. Cofer: (817) 810-9395.
What’s very important and perhaps devastating to due process is the fact that if a jury is the trier-of-fact, members of the jury are not required to agree unanimously on which specific acts of sexual abuse were committed by the defendant or the exact date when those acts were committed. The jury must only agree unanimously that you, during a period that is 30 or more days in duration, committed two or more acts of sexual abuse. This is generally punishable as a felony of the first degree which means with no prior criminal history you can be sent to prison in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for life, or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than 25 years. To level the playing field in trial, call Fort Worth Criminal Trial Lawyer Cody L. Cofer.
Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student: A person commits the offense of Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student if that person is an employee of a public or private primary or secondary school commits an offense if the employee engages in: (1) sexual contact, sexual intercourse, or deviate sexual intercourse with a person who is enrolled in a public or private primary or secondary school at which the employee works; or (2) engages in online solicitation of a minor, with a is enrolled in a public or private primary or secondary school at which the employee works, regardless of the age of that person. Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student is a felony of the second degree.
Regardless of what the allegations of sexual misconduct are labeled, “rape,” “incest,” or “indecent exposure” you need an attorney that is willing to fight to protect you rights and reputations.
Contact Tarrant County Criminal Defense Attorney Cody L. Cofer in his downtown Fort Worth office to talk about your defense. You cannot call soon enough. The damage from false allegations can be devastating if not properly and timely addressed.
For misdemeanor allegations visit Possible Misdemeanor Sexual Accusations Page.