San Antonio Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
Fighting for Those Accused of Sexual Offenses in Texas
Simply being charged with a sex crime – even if you are not convicted – can have a devastating impact on your reputation and your future. Even though Americans are presumed innocent until proven guilty, the negative stigma of a sex crime charge can be life changing.
Sex crimes are prosecuted aggressively in Texas, and prosecutors do not go easy on alleged perpetrators. At The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie, PLLC, our criminal defense firm offers equally aggressive defense strategies to the criminally accused. Our San Antonio sex crime defense attorney has extensive experience handling these kinds of sensitive cases – and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you.
Understanding & Defining Sex Crimes
If you have been accused of committing a sex crime, your reputation and freedom are at stake. Your personal and professional relationships will likely be damaged, and your job could be on the line.
Sex crimes range in severity and can either be misdemeanors or felonies. At The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie, PLLC, we understand the impact these charges can have on your life. We have experience defending against all kinds of sex crimes.
Examples of sex crimes we can defend you against include:
- Sexual assault
- Public lewdness
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Internet sex crimes
- Child pornography (possession or promotion)
Most sex offenses in Texas are considered felonies under state law. If convicted, the penalties of a first degree, second degree or state jail felony carry the potential for up to multiple years in prison, steep fines and sex offender registration. Sentencing for sex crimes vary from case to case.
The severity of the penalties associated with each kind of sex crime depends on the circumstances of the incident as well as other factors, such as whether you are a repeat offender.
If convicted of a sex crime, you could be punished with:
- Jail or prison time
- Mandatory sex offender registration
- Loss of rights, such as the right to vote, run for public office, and own a gun
Consult with The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie, PLLC
If you are facing sex crime charges, you undoubtedly have a lot on the line. Even if you have been falsely accused, you need an aggressive sex crime defense lawyer in San Antonio to stand up for you and to fight for your rights.