Sex Charges: A Stigmatized Crime
Crimes of a sexual nature carry harsh penalties and ruthless social stigma. In addition to prison time and steep fines if convicted, mandatory sex offender registration may apply. If you have been charged with a sex charge or suspect you are under investigation, it is imperative to seek legal help as soon as possible. Turn to the skilled sex crimes attorneys at the Plano-based law firm of Peter & Lanzillo, PLLC.
Ignorance Can Still Result In A Charge
Law enforcement officers rigorously pursue and enforce sex crimes violations. Even if you were unaware you were breaking the law or committed the alleged offense accidentally, you can still face the maximum penalties for a sexual charge, especially if the allegation involved a minor child or sexual assault.
Due to the long-term consequences of a sex charge, an effective defensive strategy is essential. While a guilty plea would end the case, the impact continues long after. It is to your ongoing benefit to avoid a conviction altogether.
Sex Offender Registration
Sex offender registration provides law enforcement and the public with information about your person, offense and whereabouts. You must provide your name, address and photograph to law enforcement. Your information will be posted to the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry website, which is a publicly searchable database. Sex offender registration severely limits where you can live and work, making it difficult to find a home or employment after a sex charge conviction.
Adult sex offenders must register for either 10 years or for life, depending on the nature of the alleged crime. The registration period begins after your discharge from state supervision, which means your registration start date occurs after your incarceration, parole or community supervision ends.
Fight A Sex Charge With Our Help
Having strong criminal defense legal representation can profoundly influence the outcome of your case. You need help from an experienced sex crimes lawyer. Call 972-914-9601 or send us an email to schedule an appointment at our Plano office.