What are Sex Crimes?
A sex crime occurs when a person engages in unwanted or unlawful sexual conduct. If a Texas resident commits a sex crime in another state, the federal government will most likely prosecute the case.
A person can be charged with any of the following sex crimes:
- Child molestation
- Possession of child pornography
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Online solicitation of a minor
A conviction for any of these crimes can potentially change a person’s life forever. A charge alone may cause a person’s friends or family to alienate him.
Sex Crimes and the Use of Force
Although most sex crimes require the use of force or threat, not all of them do. Sometimes, a person may not have the capacity to legally consent to sexual behavior. Persons who cannot give consent include children or the mentally handicapped. In these cases, an offender may be accused of statutory rape.
Besides statutory rape, there are other sex crimes that do not involve the use of force. One example of a voluntary sex crime is prostitution. Prostitution is sexual contact between consenting adults and does not include threats or coercion. Another example of is the possession of child pornography. The owner of the content does not need to have direct contact with a child to be charged with this crime.
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Penalties for a Sex Crime Conviction
People who are found guilty of committing sex crimes may be punished with extreme consequences. If a person is convicted, a judge will oftentimes order him to register a known sex offender. If he moves to another state, the law requires him to register again. His failure to do so may result in an additional criminal accusation.
Although certain sex crimes like prostitution are classified as misdemeanors, the majority of them are tried as felonies. The criminal consequences for any sex crime can include fines, restitution, community supervision and years or even decades in prison.
To learn more about the different types of sex crimes, get in touch with the criminal defense lawyers at Madrid Law by calling 713-877-9400.