A sex crime that is often referred to as child molestation, Indecency With a Child, is a serious criminal offense as far as public opinion, moral turpitude, criminal laws & statutes in Texas are concerned.
Indecency with a Child can be prosecuted as a criminal charge referred to as Indecency with a Child by Exposure or Physical Contact. Both standards for pursuing defendants accused of Indecency with a Child apply to minors of any sex, and are felony classified crimes in Texas.
Persons charged with Indecency with a Child by Contact will face a more serious penalty than defendants who are charged with Indecency with a Child by Exposure, but both cases are serious, should be contested, and will require a life long sex offender registration requirement, in most cases.
Penalties for Indecency With a Child
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD BY EXPOSURE
Indecency with a Child by Exposure is defined as any exposure of any sexual organ to a child/minor by an adult, as well as any action where an adult causes children/minors to expose themselves.
3RD DEGREE FELONY
If the defendant is found guilty of Indecency with a Child by Exposure they will be charged with a 3rd Degree Felony offense which carries a maximum fine of 10,000.00 and prison sentencing guidelines which range from 2 to 10 years in addition to a potential life-long sex offender registration requirement.
INDECENCY WITH A CHILD BY CONTACT
Indecency with a Child by Contact is defined as any contact with any sexual organ of a child/minor by an adult, as well as any action where an adult causes children/minors to come into contact with their sexual organs. The standard includes breasts.
2ND DEGREE FELONY
If you’re charged with Indecency with a Child by Contact you’ll be charged with a 2nd Degree Felony offense which carries a maximum fine of 10,000.00 with a potential jail term that can range from 2 to 20 years in prison in addition to a potential life-long sex offender registration requirement.
Charged With A Sex Crime? Call Capitaine Law
Attorney Christian Capitaine is ready to listen to your side of the story and work on a defense strategy to fight the allegations. If you’ve been charged with a sex crime involving a child, the consequences, whether you’re convicted or not, are severe. When a person is accused of indecency with a child, relationships & the respect of the community are at risk, which causes the potential for professional backlash, even before your first day in court.
If you think you’re under investigation for a sex crime the magnitude of child molestation, attorney Christian Capitaine recommends that you address the issue immediately. We can be reached at 832-618-7831.