Sex Crimes

Texarkana Sex Crime Lawyers 

Fighting for the Accused Throughout East Texas

Sex crimes are among the most severe allegations one can face, carrying profound implications from the legal to the personal, professional, and social. For the accused, the repercussions extend beyond the courtroom into every aspect of their lives. 

Employment opportunities may become scarce, relationships can strain or sever entirely, and social stigma can persist long after your case has been concluded. A conviction can result in mandatory sex offender registration, another devastating consequence that can severely impact your life. 

At Potter & Marks, PLLC, we understand the gravity and sensitivity of these allegations and how deeply they can impact you and your family. Regardless of the nature of the offense you have been accused of, you have certain rights under the Constitution, from the right to remain silent to the right to a fair and impartial trial. 

Our team of proven criminal defenders works to ensure your rights are safeguarded and that you have the best possible defense. We bring professional experience and proven results to all clients under our care. 

You can reach us using our online contact form or by phone at (870) 335-3052 to schedule a free case review with one of our Texarkana sex crime attorneys. 

Sex Crimes in Texas

Under Texas law, sex crimes encompass a wide array of offenses, each with its legal definition and penalties. 

These include but are not limited to: 

  • Sexual assault: Unwelcome sexual contact without consent, which can range from groping to rape.
  • Aggravated sexual assault: Sexual assault involving severe bodily injury or the use of a weapon.
  • Indecency with a child: Engaging in sexual contact or exposure with a person younger than 17.
  • Child pornography: Possession, distribution, or production of sexually explicit material involving minors.
  • Prostitution and solicitation: Offering, accepting, or soliciting sexual services for compensation.
  • Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children: A pattern of committing two or more acts of sexual abuse against children under the age of 14 over 30 days or more.
  • Public lewdness: Engaging in a sexual act or sexual contact in a public place or in the presence of someone likely to be offended or alarmed.
  • Indecent exposure: Deliberately exposing one's genitals under circumstances that might cause alarm or offense to others without regard for the presence of minors. 
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How Are Sex Crimes Punished?

Texas sex crimes are charged with severity, and convictions often lead to harsh penalties, including extensive prison sentences, significant fines, and mandatory sex offender registration. 

This registration can have lasting effects, restricting employment, residency, and social interaction. Texas has several sex offender registration tiers based on the crime's gravity; these tiers dictate the length and specific conditions of the registration.

Three primary tiers, each based on the severity of the offense, include: 

  • Tier I offenders are required to register for 15 years. This tier generally includes individuals convicted of offenses that did not involve violence or a minor, such as indecent exposure for the first time. Registrants can apply for a reduction after 10 years, provided they've adhered strictly to all registration requirements and have not committed further offenses.
  • Tier II offenders must register for 25 years and typically include those convicted of crimes involving minors, such as indecency with a child by exposure. The nature of these crimes is considered more serious because they involve young victims but may not encompass the most severe offenses.
  • Tier III offenders are subject to lifetime registration with no option for reduction. This category includes individuals convicted of the most severe sex crimes, such as aggravated sexual assault or any sexual offense against a child. The law deems these offenses so severe that they warrant the longest period of oversight to protect the public.
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The Complexity of Sex Crime Allegations

One of the complexities surrounding sex crimes is that they can often arise from situations that boil down to "he said, she said" scenarios. This means that these cases can be built on allegations that lack physical evidence and rely heavily on the credibility of the individuals involved. 

False, exaggerated, or misunderstood accounts can lead to innocent people facing serious charges. These intricate and sensitive cases require the professional knowledge, skills, and resources of a seasoned criminal defense firm, such as Potter & Marks, PLLC. 

How Our Team Can Help

Given the severe penalties and complex legal landscape, it is crucial for anyone accused of a sex crime to seek skilled legal representation immediately. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide invaluable guidance, from dissecting the allegations to crafting a robust defense strategy. 

At Potter & Marks, PLLC, we handle sex crime allegations with the utmost care and professionalism, aiming to protect your reputation and freedom every step of the way.

Contact us online or at (870) 335-3052 to book a free case review with a Texarkana sex crime lawyer today. 

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A Legacy Since 1965

Charles A. Potter founded our firm in 1965. Since then, his sons, Joshua L. Potter and Jacob S. Potter, joined by Eric A. Marks, have continued the legacy bringing their years of professional experience in a broad range of practice areas to use for every client that comes to our firm.

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