The accusation of the crime of Indecency with a Child requires experienced and skilled legal representation in the defense of sex crimes in Texas. The stigma of the charge can lead to loss of reputation, relationships and employment. Just because someone has been charged does not mean that they are guilty. You must vigorously and aggressively defend all charges of sexual assault. The sooner the accused contacts Houston Indecency with a Child Lawyer Mario Madrid, the better the potential outcome. Do not make the mistake of speaking with law enforcement before seeking a criminal defense attorney. Mr. Madrid can speak with the police department and the District Attorney’s office to begin an investigation and defense of your case, even before a charge has been filed.
Indecency with a Child Attorney
The criminal charge of indecency with a child carries with it potentially severe penalties. The consequences of a conviction could be a long prison sentence as well as mandatory registration as a sex offender. Your freedom, career and reputation are on the line. It is urgent that you contact an attorney with the experience and skill necessary to defend such a serious and delicate matter. Mario Madrid is a former Judge with the City of Houston and has over 2 decades successfully defending serious sex crimes.
Under Texas Law there are two types of Indecency with a Child criminal charges : indecency with a child by exposure and indecency with a child by contact. These charges can be very complicated and it is essential that you seek legal advice about this type of accusation.
Indecency with a Child by Exposure is charged when:
- A person exposes their genitals or anus in the presence of a child under 17
- A person causes a child under the age of 17 to expose his/her genitals or anus for the purpose of sexual arousal/gratification
Indecency with a Child by Contact is charged when:
- A person touches a child’s anus, breast, or genitals and the child is under 17
- A person touches a child under the age of 17 with his/her anus, genitals, or breast
Penalties for Indecency with a Child
Both charges involved with indecency with a child carry serious penalties and will require you to register as a sex offender if you are convicted. A conviction for Indecency by exposure is a third degree felony offense and results in a 10 year registration as a sex offender.
A conviction for Indecency by contact is a second degree felony offense and results in lifetime registration as a sex offender. These charges can be made separately or you may be charged with both. The range of punishment for these types of cases are:
- 2 – 10 years in prison for Indecency by Exposure
- 2 – 20 years in prison for Indecency by Contact
- Up to a $10,000 fine
- Must register as a sex offender
Call Mario Madrid For A Free Consultation
If you have been accused of indecency with a child, you must contact an experienced and highly skilled Houston Sex Crimes Attorney. Mario Madrid has successfully defended sexuals assault accusations and charges for over 20 years. Call today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case and form a strategy for your defense. Contact Madrid Law at 713-877-9400.