sex crimes

When you or a loved one is accused of a sex-crime, it is devastating. When it seems like the world is against you, you need the best possible sex crimes lawyer in your corner. Dallas lawyer Mike Howard has the experience, trial skills, and dedication to your sex crimes 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 vs. FS - Sex Assault - NOT GUILTY!

State v. LM - Sex Assault - KEPT CASE FROM BEING FILED!

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

State vs. JB - Attempted Sex Assault (Probation Violation) - PROBATION CONTINUED!

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


Sexual Assault

A person commits sexual assault if they, without the person's consent, intentionally or knowingly cause the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of another (by any means), cause the penetration of the mouth of another by the actor's sexual organ, or cause the sexual organ of another to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another, including the actor. Sexual assault is generally 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

A person commits aggravated sexual assault if they commit sexual assault (above) plus an aggravating factor (causing serious bodily injury of the alleged victim, attempting to cause the death of the alleged victim, placing the victim in fear of serious bodily injury, death, or kidnapping, using or exhibiting a deadly weapon, et cetera. Aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree felony, carrying a possible range of punishment of 5 - 99 years or life imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine. 

Sexual Assault of a Child

A person commits sexual assault of a child if they commit sexual assault (above) against a child between the ages of 14-17. 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 (above0 against a child younger than 14 years of age or if they commit sexual assault of a child plus an aggravating factor (above) 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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