Indecent Contact with a Minor
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Texas law outlines two forms of indecency with a child: by contact and by exposure. While both are serious sex crimes—and are prosecuted as such—indecent contact with a minor is a particularly egregious offense, as it involves actual physical sexual contact with a child.
If you have been charged with or even if you simply believe that you are under investigation for indecent contact with a minor, it is crucial that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible. The prosecution will begin building its case against you right away; you need a strong defense to ensure that your rights are protected.
Penalties for Indecent Contact with a Minor in Texas
As previously mentioned, the crime of indecent contact with a minor is incredibly serious. Under Texas Penal Code 21.11, Section (a)(1), a person can be convicted of indecency with a child if he or she has sexual contact with a minor or causes a minor to engage in sexual contact. This includes contact that occurs over clothing. In other words, indecency with a child by exposure does not have to occur for the state to convict someone of indecent contact with a minor. In addition, penetration is not required for a conviction for indecent contact with a child.
In Texas, indecent contact with a minor is charged as a felony of the second degree and is punishable by:
- A minimum of 2 and a maximum of up to 20 years in state prison
- A fine of up to $10,000
- Probation/deferred adjudication of 2 to 10 years, depending on criminal history
Extraneous factors, also known as aggravating factors, may lead to harsher penalties. Additionally, a person with a prior criminal history will also likely face more severe consequences if convicted of indecent contact with a minor.
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If you have been accused of indecent contact with a minor, or if you believe you are currently under investigation, do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC as soon as possible. Our Dallas sex crime lawyers have experience as former prosecutors; we know the ins and outs of the criminal justice system and we are prepared to tirelessly defend you and your rights. We have handled thousands of cases—and achieved thousands of not-guilty verdicts and case dismissals.
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