Second Degree Felony – Indecency with a Child (by sexual contact or by causing a child to engage in sexual contact) [Tex. Penal Code Ann. §21.11(a)(1), (c), (d)]

Understanding “Indecency with a Child” Charges in Texas

Navigating the complexities of the law can be challenging, especially when it involves sensitive accusations such as “Indecency with a Child” by sexual contact or by causing a child to engage in sexual contact, as outlined in Tex. Penal Code Ann. §21.11. We understand the anxiety and fear that come with these accusations. It’s crucial to approach these situations with sensitivity and a keen understanding of your legal rights and the implications of such charges.

What “Indecency with a Child” Entails

In Texas, the law is unequivocally clear when it comes to protecting minors from sexual offenses. “Indecency with a Child,” as defined by the Texas Penal Code, encompasses any form of sexual contact or exposure involving a minor. Specifically, the law delineates two primary offenses under this statute: sexual contact and exposure. Both categories of offenses are considered felonies, emphasizing the seriousness with which Texas addresses these crimes. The legal and societal implications of being convicted for either offense are profound and far-reaching.

  • Sexual Contact: This offense is characterized by any intentional physical contact with a minor’s genitals, anus, or, in the case of female victims, the breast. It’s important to note that for the law to be applicable, the contact must be for sexual gratification or arousal of either the perpetrator or the victim. This can include, but is not limited to:
    • Touching through clothing
    • Direct skin-to-skin contact
    • The use of objects or substances to facilitate contact
  • Exposure: The act of exposure involves deliberately revealing one’s genitals to a minor or inducing the minor to expose themselves. Like sexual contact, the intent behind the act must be for sexual gratification. Scenarios that fall under this category can vary widely, including:
    • Indecent exposure in the presence of a minor
    • Compelling or persuading a minor to undress or perform acts of exposure
    • Engaging in sexual acts where a minor is made to observe

The Consequences of a Conviction in Texas

The penalties for “Indecency with a Child” are severe, reflecting the seriousness with which Texas treats such offenses. Convictions can result in lengthy prison sentences, significant fines, and mandatory registration as a sex offender. These consequences not only affect your immediate freedom but can also impact your future employment, housing opportunities, and personal relationships.

Building a Defense Strategy

Crafting a defense against “Indecency with a Child” charges requires a complex understanding of the law and a comprehensive approach to evidence and testimony. At Barbieri Law Firm, P.C., we prioritize:

  • Evidence Review and Analysis: Thorough examination of all evidence against you, seeking inconsistencies or violations of your rights.
  • Witness Testimony: Identifying and preparing witnesses who can support your version of events or challenge the accuser’s credibility.
  • Legal Challenges: The prosecution’s case will be challenged on legal grounds, including the constitutionality of evidence and the validity of the accusations.
  • Negotiation: Where appropriate, negotiating with prosecutors for reduced charges or alternative resolutions.

Why Legal Representation Matters

Facing charges of “Indecency with a Child” is a serious and stressful situation that can have life-altering consequences. Engaging an experienced legal team is crucial in navigating these charges, protecting your rights, and achieving the best possible outcome. Our comprehensive approach focuses on your defense while providing support and guidance through this challenging time.

Contact Barbieri Law Firm for Support

If you or someone you know is facing charges of “Indecency with a Child” in Texas, it’s imperative to act swiftly and secure skilled legal representation. The team at Barbieri Law Firm, P.C., is ready to stand by your side, offering the aggressive defense and compassionate support you need.

To discuss your case and explore your legal options, contact Barbieri Law Firm today at 972-424-1902 or visit us online to schedule a confidential case evaluation with our knowledgeable Texas criminal defense team. Your future is important to us; we are here to fight for your rights and freedom.