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Section 21.11 of the Texas Penal Code spells out the elements of indecency with a child. This crime happens whenever certain acts occur between a child who is under the age of 17 and an adult. Some of the behaviors that are considered to be indecency with a child include:
Fondling or inappropriate touching are sexual acts under Texas law and can occur through clothing.
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When the crime only involves exposure, it is treated as a third-degree felony. The potential punishments for a third-degree felony in Texas can include:
Indecency with a child is considered a felony of the second degree when the act involves sexual contact. This is a more severe class of felony, as sexual contact with a minor is deemed more harmful than indecent exposure. The penalties for sexual contact with a child can include:
In addition, a person who is found guilty of indecency with a child or any other sex crime is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his or her life regardless of whether the charge is a second or third-degree felony. To avoid any unnecessary penalties, those who are facing charges should get in touch with an indecency with a child lawyer.
In order to mitigate charges for indecency with a child, a few affirmative defenses are available:
Houston criminal defense attorney Shahin Zamir is a proud member of the American Bar Association and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is also a former assistant district attorney who successfully tried more than 30 jury trials. As such, he will use his vast amount of skills and aptitude to defend you against an indecency with a child accusation. Mr. Zamir strongly believes in the right of every person to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. He will work hard to make sure that prosecutors prove every element of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
Those who are in need of legal representation for charges of indecency with a child should reach the Law Office of Shahin Zamir at 713-223-8900.