Criminal offenses that are sexual in nature are aggressively prosecuted in Texas. Many sex crimes are felony offenses that are not only punishable by lengthy prison sentences and steep fines, but also require those convicted to register as sex offenders.
The consequences of being convicted of any sexual offense can extend far beyond any prison sentence. It is not uncommon for many seemingly consensual sexual encounters to suddenly turn into criminal cases as the result of false or exaggerated allegations.
Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer in Denton, Frisco, Lewisville, Flower Mound, TX
Do you think that you could be under investigation or were you already arrested in Denton County for any kind of alleged sexual offense? Even if you know for a fact that you are completely innocent, you should still refuse to say anything to authorities until you have legal representation. Contact the Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy as soon as possible.
Richard McConathy and Brian Bolton are experienced criminal defense attorneys in Denton who represent clients accused of sex crimes in numerous communities throughout Denton County, including Little Elm, The Colony, Argyle, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville, and many others. You can have our lawyers provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (940) 222-8004 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Common Sex Crimes in Texas
Chapter 21 of the Texas Penal Code is dedicated to sexual offenses, but some other sex crimes are listed under other chapters of the Penal Code. Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy handles many different types of alleged criminal sex offenses, including:
- Public Lewdness
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Online Solicitation of a Minor
- Invasive Visual Recording
Sex Offender Registration Requirements in Denton County
Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure (otherwise known as the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program) requires adult and juvenile sex offenders to register with the local law enforcement authority of the city or county they reside in. Under state law in Texas, people required to register as sex offenders include any person:
- with a reportable conviction or adjudication;
- required to register as a condition of parole or release to mandatory supervision;
- required to register as a condition of community supervision; or
- who is an extra-jurisdictional registrant.
Code of Criminal Procedure § 62.001(5) defines a reportable conviction or adjudication as “a conviction or adjudication, including an adjudication of delinquent conduct or a deferred adjudication that, regardless of the pendency of an appeal, is a conviction for or an adjudication for or based on” any of the following:
- A violation of Texas Penal Code § 21.02 (Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children), Texas Penal Code § 21.11 (Indecency with a child), Texas Penal Code § 22.011 (Sexual assault), Texas Penal Code § 22.021 (Aggravated sexual assault), or Texas Penal Code § 25.02 (Prohibited sexual conduct);
- A violation of Texas Penal Code § 43.05 (Compelling prostitution), Texas Penal Code § 43.25 (Sexual performance by a child), or Texas Penal Code § 43.26 (Possession or promotion of child pornography);
- A violation of Texas Penal Code § 20.04(a)(4) (Aggravated kidnapping), if the alleged offender committed the offense or engaged in the conduct with intent to violate or abuse the alleged victim sexually;
- A violation of Texas Penal Code § 30.02 (Burglary), if the alleged offense or conduct is punishable under Subsection (d) of that section and the alleged offender committed the offense or engaged in the conduct with intent to commit a felony listed in Paragraph (A) or (C);
- A violation of Texas Penal Code § 20.02 (Unlawful restraint), Texas Penal Code § 20.03 (Kidnapping), or Texas Penal Code § 20.04 (Aggravated kidnapping), if, as applicable, the judgment in the case contains an affirmative finding under Article 42.015, or the order in the hearing or the papers in the case contains an affirmative finding that the alleged victim or intended alleged victim was younger than 17 years of age;
- A second violation of Texas Penal Code § 21.08 (Indecent exposure), but not if the second violation results in a deferred adjudication;
- An attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation, as defined by Chapter 15 of the Texas Penal Code, to commit an alleged offense or engage in conduct listed in Paragraph (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), or (K);
- A violation of the laws of another state, federal law, the laws of a foreign country, or the Uniform Code of Military Justice for or based on the violation of an offense containing elements that are substantially similar to the elements of an offense listed under Paragraph (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), (G), (J), or (K), but not if the violation results in a deferred adjudication;
- The second violation of the laws of another state, federal law, the laws of a foreign country, or the Uniform Code of Military Justice for or based on the violation of an offense containing elements that are substantially similar to the elements of the offense of indecent exposure, but not if the second violation results in a deferred adjudication;
- A violation of Texas Penal Code § 33.021 (Online solicitation of a minor); or
- A violation of Texas Penal Code § 20A.02(a)(3), (4), (7), or (8) (Trafficking of persons).
Depending on the nature of a person’s conviction, people can be required to register as sex offenders either for 10 years or for life. Sex offenders are required to periodically report to a law enforcement agency to verify the accuracy of their registration information, and they also need to immediately report any changes in the information or face possible felony prosecution.
Texas Sex Crime Resources
Denton County Friends of the Family — Denton County Friends of the Family is a grassroots organization “dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, while partnering with our community to promote safety, healing, and prevention.” Visit this website to learn more about the organization’s emergency shelter, advocacy services, and counseling services. You can also find community education information, general statistics, and a blog.
Denton Outreach Office
4845 S. Interstate 35 E, Suite 200
Corinth, TX 76210
Sex Offenders | Denton County, Texas — Sex offenders in Denton County who reside outside of a municipality are required by law to register with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, but sex offenders who reside within municipalities are required to register with the police department within that jurisdiction. View individuals registered with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office on this website, but also find a link to for additional offender lists. Individuals on this website are listed by zip code.
Denton County Sheriff’s Office
127 N. Woodrow Lane
Denton, Texas 76205
Find A Denton County Defense Attorney for Sex Crimes Charges | Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy
If you were arrested or believe that you might be under investigation for an alleged sexual offense in Denton County, it will be in your best interest to not make any kind of statement to authorities without legal counsel. Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy fight to protect the rights of alleged offenders in Flower Mound, Argyle, The Colony, Little Elm, Lewisville, Highland Village, and several surrounding areas of Denton County.
Denton criminal defense lawyers Richard McConathy and Brian Bolton will work tirelessly to help you achieve the most favorable outcome to your case that results in the fewest possible penalties. Call (940) 222-8004 or complete an online contact form to have our attorneys review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free initial consultation.