child abuse cases

When you or a loved one is accused of a child abuse case, it is devastating. When it seems like the world is against you, you need the best possible child abuse lawyer in your corner. Dallas lawyer Mike Howard has the experience, trial skills, and dedication to your child abuse case that you need fighting for your life.

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A PROVEN Track RecorD

State v. MJ - Continuous Sex Abuse - NOT GUILTY!

State v. RN - Injury to a Child - REDUCED TO A CLASS C MISDEMEANOR

State vs. JC - Aggravated Sex Assault of a Child - REDUCED & DEFERRED PROBATION!

State vs. FW - Aggravated Sex Assault of a Child - DEFERRED PROBATION!


Injury to a Child

A person commits injury to a child if they intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly, or with criminal negligence, by act or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly by omission, cause a child bodily injury, serious bodily injury, or serious mental deficiency, impairment or injury. "Bodily injury" does not require visible injury; it can be as little as anything that "causes pain." Injury to a child that causes bodily injury is a third-degree felony carrying a possible punishment range of 2-10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Injury to a child causing serious bodily injury or serious mental deficiency, impairment, or injury is a first degree felony (5-99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine) when committed intentionally or knowingly; it is a second-degree felony (2-20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine) when it is committed recklessly. 

Sexual Assault of a Child

A person commits sexual assault if they intentionally or knowingly cause the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of a child by any means, cause the penetration of the mouth of a child by the actor's sexual organ, or cause the sexual organ of a child to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another, including the actor. Sexual assault of a child is a second-degree felony, carrying a possible range of punishment of 2-20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

A person commits aggravated sexual assault of a child if they commit sexual assault of a child (above) against a child younger than 14 years of age or if they commit sexual assault of a child plus an aggravating factor against a child 14-17 years of age. Aggravated sexual assault of a child is a first degree felony, carrying a possible punishment range of 5 - 99 years or life imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine. The punishment range is enhanced to 25 - 99 years or up to life with up to a $10,000 fine if the victim is younger than 6 years old or if, against a victim younger than 14 years old, during the offense, the person causes serious bodily injury, attempts to cause death, or places the victim in fear of death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping. 

Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child

A person commits continuous sexual abuse of a child if, during a period that is more than 30 days in duration, they commit two or more acts of sexual abuse against one more more victims. The actor must be 17 years or older and the victim must be younger than 14 years old. Continuous sexual abuse of a child is first-degree punishment carrying a possible punishment range of 25 - 99 years or life imprisonment (without the possibility of parole) and up to a $10,000 fine. 

Indecency with a Child

A person commits indecency with a child by contact if they engage in sexual contact with a child younger than 17 years old or cause a child younger than 17 years old to engage in sexual contact. Indecency with a child by contact is a second-degree felony carrying a possible punishment range of 2-20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. 

A person commits indecency with a child by exposure if, with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, they expose their anus or any part of the person's genitals knowing a child younger than 17 years old is present or causes a child younger than 17 years old to expose the child's anus or any part of the child's genitals. Indecency with a child by exposure is a third-degree felony carrying a possible punishment range of 2-10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.


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