Defending Texas Misdemeanor Sexual Allegations
Cody L. Cofer, Sex Crimes Criminal Defense Attorney
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 will fight to protect your rights and your reputation. Cody understands these allegations can be embarrassing and he will handle your case with discretion and respect. Many counties including Tarrant County have special sections of the prosecutors office for handling sexual accusations. Your attorney should be familiar with the special procedures and personnel that these sections have. 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 misdemeanor allegations include:
You could be accused of public lewdness. A person commits public lewdness when he knowingly engages in any of the following acts in a public place or, if not in a public place, he is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by his: (1) act of sexual intercourse; (2) act of deviate sexual intercourse; (3) act of sexual contact; or (4) act involving contact between the person’s mouth or genitals and the anus or genitals of an animal or fowl. Generally this can be punished by up to a year in jail and up to a $4000 fine.
You could be accused of indecent exposure. A person commits an offense if he exposes his anus or any part of his genitals with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, and he is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by his act. This can be punished by up to six months in the county jail and up to a $2000 fine.
For felony accusations see Possible Felony Sexual Accusations.