Accused of Indecency with a Child in Waco or McLennan County?
Our experienced criminal law attorneys focus on complicated criminal defense cases like indecency with a child and other child sex offenses. These cases are usually very complicated. In court, child sex offense cases often turn into the child’s word against the defendant, and many people are sent to prison on this alone, despite a lack of physical evidence. Since 1925, our firm has successfully defended clients in high-profile state and federal cases in McLennan County.
The crime of child molestation is called indecency with a child in the Texas Penal Code. Our Waco criminal defense lawyers have experience in these cases. We can help provide important strategy and spot weakness in the prosecution’s case. Call us at 254-753-6437 for a free 30 minute consultation.
The crime of indecency with a child is divided into two specific crimes: Indecency with a Child by Contact, which involves touching, and Indecency with a Child by Exposure, which is exposing without touching. Both apply in relation to a child younger than 17, of the same or opposite sex, with the intent to arouse or gratify any person’s sexual desire. Both are felonies, with Indecency with a Child by Contact being the more serious of the two—a second degree felony. It is irrelevant in Texas whether the touching was under the clothes or over clothes.
Accused of Indecency with a Child by Contact in Waco?
The offense of indecency with a child by contact includes:
- Any touching by a person, including touching through clothing, of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a child
- Any touching of any part of the body of a child, including touching through clothing, with the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a person
Indicted for Indecency with a Child by Exposure in McLennan County?
Indecency with a Child by Exposure, the lesser of the two Indecency charges, is a third degree felony. A person is guilty of the crime of Exposure if:
- The person exposes the anus or any part of the genitals, knowing the child is present
- The person causes the child to expose the child’s anus or any part of the child’s genitals.
A conviction of indecency with a child can result in your being sent to prison for as long as twenty years and registering as a sex offender for the remainder of your life. Any person accused of sexual crimes against children is entitled to the same legal defense of any other accused person. However, the charge itself can be devastating to your friendships and reputation. If you have been charged with indecency with a child in McLennan County, you need an experienced and aggressive lawyer to represent you. With a personal lawyer by your side, it may be the only practical opportunity to avoid charges being filed, or if they are filed, having them dropped or reduced.
Waco Sex Crimes Lawyer
Sex crimes attorneys at Dunnam & Dunnam know how to effectively defend against false accusations and decrease the results of a conviction for a sex crime in Waco. As our client, we will protect you at each part of the sex crime investigation. In some cases, a skilled sex crimes attorney can prevent charges from being filed in the first place.
Questions about Waco Criminal Law Process
You probably have a lot of questions about the legal process in Waco. Please read our frequently asked questions about criminal law while you wait for your appointment with one of our criminal defense lawyers at Dunnam & Dunnam. Call us at 254-753-6437.