Plano Sex Crime Attorney
Powerful Criminal Defense
Being charged with a sex crime is a stressful and frightening experience. If convicted, you could face up to life in prison, be required to register as a sex offender, and suffer damage to your reputation. With so much at stake, you need a Plano sex crime lawyer who you can trust to fiercely represent you.
For 22 years, Bill Stovall has successfully defended clients facing all types of sex crime charges. He is often able to resolve these cases quickly and quietly, without needing to go to trial. If your matter must be taken to court, the Law Offices of Bill J. Stovall is prepared to present the strongest possible defense to get your charges dropped or reduced.
Types of Sex Offenses in Texas
In Texas, both state and federal laws identify types of conduct that are classified as “sex crimes.” There are several different types of sex crimes, and any one of them can have a devastating impact on the lives of the accused and their families.
Some of the most common sex crimes in Texas include:
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Prohibited sexual conduct
- Public lewdness
- Sexual offenses against minors
- Possession of child pornography
- Indecent exposure
- Improper teacher/student relationship
Regardless of what type of sex crime you have been charged with, you need the experienced counsel of a defense attorney. Bill Stovall has an in-depth understanding of the laws related to your specific charges and can advise you on the right path forward.
What are the Penalties for Sex Crimes in Texas?
The particular punishments you could face for a sex crime conviction depend upon the specific charges and circumstances involved. In addition, if you have any prior convictions for a sex offense, you can expect to face harsher penalties. While most sex crimes are charged as felonies in the state of Texas, some offenses that do not involve violence or penetrative sexual contact may be charged as misdemeanors.
The penalties for misdemeanors such as offensive sexual contact, harassment, prostitution, indecent exposure, and public lewdness include:
- Class A misdemeanor: up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000
- Class B misdemeanor: up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000
- Class C misdemeanor: a fine of up to $500
The punishments for felonies such as sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, indecency with a child, and child molestation include:
- State jail felony: 180 days to 2 years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000
- Third-degree felony: 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
- Second-degree felony: 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
- First-degree felony: 5 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
What is the Sex Offender Registry?
One of the most devastating penalties someone can receive after being convicted is having to register as a sex offender. The sex offender registry is online database that has your name, age, distinguishing characteristics and details about the crime that you were convicted of. Once you are registered, this stays with you for a lifetime. This can have a huge impact on finding a place to work and live. That is why you need the help of an experienced sex crime attorney from Law Offices of Bill J. Stovall .
Call Today for Vigorous Defense
If you have been accused of committing a sex crime in Texas, there is no time to waste. Contact the Law Offices of Bill J. Stovall to immediately begin formulating an effective strategy to fight your charges.
Call (214) 972-0004 now to discuss your case with an knowledgeable sex crime attorney in Plano.