Sex crimes in Texas are among the most serious offenses handled by the courts. If convicted, severe penalties can apply, including mandatory minimum sentences. Here’s what you need to know.
Sex crimes in Texas, especially those that involve minors, are never taken lightly by the state’s judicial system. Sex crimes are often looked upon as the most heinous of criminal acts, and once a person is convicted of a sex crime, there’s a residual stigma that can be hard to escape. Because crimes of sexual nature are viewed so seriously, the consequences and penalties are severe. If you’re facing charges for a sex crime, exactly what type of sentencing could you be facing?
In the state of Texas, there are certain crimes for which judges are bound to apply minimum sentences. Crimes of sexual nature are included in this category. Regardless of the degree of felony, minimum sentencing standards apply to sex crimes. Here’s what you need to know if you’re facing charges and possibly a conviction in Texas.
What Are Mandatory Sentences?
Mandatory sentences for sex crimes in Texas are minimum sentence that must be imposed when someone is sentenced for a specific crime. They are laws passed by the Texas Legislature that judges and juries cannot change. They reflect the fact that the Texas Legislature believes the relevant sex crimes require long sentences in order to protect the public, punish the offender, and deter others.
The important thing to note about mandatory sentences is that if convicted, a judge cannot modify the sentence to a lesser amount, and the convicted person will not be eligible for release on good behavior until the mandatory minimum sentence has been served.
If you’re facing charges for any type of felony crime, it’s important to understand both federal sentencing guidelines, and those that pertain specifically to your state.
Mandatory Sentences and Penalties for Sex Crimes in Texas
In Texas, there are different types of sex crimes that carry minimum sentences. If you are facing charges of a sex crime, with a high possibility of a conviction, the best outcome is usually obtained by negotiating a plea agreement to reduce charges or working with an experienced attorney who can approach your case strategically from every angle.
According to the Texas Penal Code, the following criminal acts are classified as sex crimes:
Not all of these involve mandatory minimum sentences. Examples of sex crimes with mandatory minimum sentences include:
Working with a Criminal Defense Attorney Dallas
If you are facing charges for sex crimes in Texas, being convicted can have devastating consequences on your life. With mandatory sentencing in place, it is critical for you to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Dallas with a track record of winning in sex crime cases. The attorney you work with can be the difference between a life of freedom, and a life spent facing the serious consequences of the charges against you. Reach out to an experienced criminal defense lawyer today.
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