Sex Offender Registration
Houston Sex Crimes Attorneys :: The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp
The state of Texas has the toughest sex crime laws in the country. When a person is convicted of a sexual criminal offense, he or she is required to register as a sex offender. Becoming the subject of a sex crime investigation is a very serious matter; those who are in trouble with the law require the expert counsel and guidance of a Houston area sex crimes defense lawyer.
Registry as a Sex Offender
The list of crimes that require registration of sexual offenders has grown significantly in recent years. Even engaging in consensual sexual relations with someone under the age of 17 can result in a requirement to register with the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry. Offender registry may even be required if a defendant manages to avoid conviction but receives deferred adjudication instead. Involvement in any of the following crimes could result in court-ordered registration:
- Continual sexual abuse of a child
- Indecent behavior with a child
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Compelling prostitution
- Promotion or possession of child pornography
- Solicitation of a minor over the Internet
- Statutory rape
Other crimes that may require the defendant to be a registered on the state’s sex offender list are human trafficking, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and acts of burglary. Depending on the nature of the criminal charge, the applicable provisions of the Texas Penal Code and whether the charge is for a repeat offense, a person may be on the sex offender list for 10 years or for life. Mandated registration is not considered to be a criminal penalty under Texas law, so it can still be imposed at a later date if the law changes.
Learn More From a Sex Crimes Attorney in Houston, TX
Sex offender registry can devastate a defendant’s personal and professional future. It’s well-known that countless Texans have been improperly accused and convicted of a sex crime. False sex crime accusations are quite common during divorce or child custody proceedings. An allegation of sexual impropriety is an effective means of forcing a spouse or significant other out of the home. Some other reasons for erroneous allegations may include hiding involvement in an act of consensual sex, gaining financial advantage, confusion brought about by sex education classes or a desire for attention.
The accuser, witnesses and available evidence in a sex crime case must be aggressively investigated and challenged. Every effort should be made to avoid inclusion in a sex offender registry. Talk to The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp today to find out more about mandatory sexual offender registration.