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Houston Indecency With a Child Defense Attorneys

Indecency with a Child Defense Attorneys in Houston, TX

Indecency with a child is a felony offense in Texas, although the specific grade of the crime will depend on the nature of the alleged activity. In any case, a conviction carries the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence and enormous fines. Do you think that you might be under investigation or were you already arrested for indecency with a child in Southeast Texas? You should avoid speaking to police officers until you are able to contact The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC. Our Houston criminal defense lawyers aggressively defend clients accused of sex crimes in the greater Harris County area including Pearland, Baytown, Seabrook, La Porte, Pasadena, Galena Park, Friendswood, and many others. Call (832) 530-4070 today to have our attorneys review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free initial consultation.


Overview of Indecency with a Child in Harris County


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Indecency with a Child by Contact Penalties in Texas

In Texas, a person commits indecency with a child if, with a child younger than 17 years of age, whether the child is of the same or opposite sex and regardless of whether the person knows the age of the child at the time of the offense, he or she engages in sexual contact with the child or causes the child to engage in sexual contact. Texas Penal Code § 21.11(c) defines the sexual contact as the following acts if committed with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person:

  • any touching by a person, including touching through clothing, of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a child; or
  • any touching of any part of the body of a child, including touching through clothing, with the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a person.

Indecency with a child by contact is a second-degree felony. A conviction is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.


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Indecency with a Child by Exposure Penalties in Texas

Texas Penal Code § 21.11(a)(2) establishes that a person commits indecency with a child if, with a child younger than 17 years of age, whether the child is of the same or opposite sex and regardless of whether the person knows the age of the child at the time of the offense, he or she with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person:

  • exposes his or her anus or any part of his or her genitals, knowing the child is present; or
  • causes the child 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. A conviction is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.


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Indecency with a Child Defenses in Texas

Multiple affirmative defenses are available against indecency with a child charges. It is an affirmative defense to prosecution for indecency with a child that the alleged offender:

  • was not more than three years older than the alleged victim and of the opposite sex;
  • did not use duress, force, or a threat against the alleged victim at the time of the offense; and
  • at the time of the alleged offense, was not required under Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure to register for life as a sex offender or was not a person who under Chapter 62 had a reportable conviction or adjudication for indecency with a child.

Additionally, Texas Penal Code § 21.11(b-1) states that it is also an affirmative defense that the alleged offender was the spouse of the child at the time of the alleged offense.


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Indecency with a Child Defense Lawyers in Houston, TX

If you were arrested for indecency with a child in Harris County, it is in your best interest to quickly retain legal counsel. The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC represents individuals throughout Harris County, Friendswood, Pearland, Seabrook, League City, Deer Park, Pasadena, La Porte, Galena Park, Baytown, and many others.

Our criminal defense attorneys in Houston can fight to possibly get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. You can have our lawyers provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (832) 530-4070 or complete an online contact form to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.