Purchasing or performing the services of a prostitute in Texas or being involved in any other sex crime can lead to an arrest, charges, and a plethora of criminal penalties and fees. Arrests and charges like these can also cause embarrassment, humiliation, and have other negative impacts on your life.
Accusations of prostitution and sex-related crimes can damage your social standing in your community. It can also affect community life for your family. Being associated with prostitution or sex-related crimes may also alter your current or potential employment, damage your career, and create a difficult financial situation for you and your family.
A Denton prostitution and sex crime lawyer can help fight to limit or diminish the impact of criminal charges on your life and family. If you are facing arrest and/or a possible conviction for these types of charges, call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg at (214) 696-9253.
How a Denton Prostitution and Sex Crime Lawyer Can Help
Did you know you that you can be charged with prostitution even if no money was ever discussed or exchanged? In Texas, a prostitution case does not even have to involve sexual contact, and the fee does not need to be a type of currency. A lawyer can make sure you understand exactly what charges you are facing and what led to those charges.
If you are facing charges for prostitution and sex crimes, a lawyer in your area can help protect your rights and explain your case so that you understand the difficulties you are about to face. In Texas, your rights start the moment you are arrested. If all of your rights are not adhered to, your arrest and potential charges might not be valid.
According to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 38.22, you must be informed of your rights during and after an arrest in Denton, which includes:
- The right to remain silent and not answer any questions
- Notification that anything you do or say can be used against you
- The right to have a lawyer by your side during any questioning
- The right to a court-appointed public defender if you cannot afford a lawyer
- The right to end a police interview at any time
Do not make any verbal or written statements to the police at all. It is important that you do not resist arrest, waive away or relinquish your rights, or answer any questions. Get legal advice on how to protect your rights after your arrest by calling the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg at (214) 696-9253.
Types of Sex Crimes You Could Face in Denton
An arrest and potential conviction on a charge of soliciting the services of a prostitute or providing the services of a prostitute can be stressful. Such an arrest can be unnerving for you and your family. In addition to prostitution, other sex crimes you might be charged with in Denton include:
- Specific acts defined as deviate sexual intercourse
- Any sexual contact with a minor
- Public lewdness or indecency
- Indecent exposure and voyeurism
- Forcible sexual assault
With the help and guidance of a lawyer, you can fight the charges against you. You do not have to fight to clear your name without help. A Denton prostitution and sex crime lawyer can help you obtain a fair outcome and help reduce as much damage to your reputation and lifestyle as possible.
Classifications and Penalties for Sex Crimes
The shame and humiliation of any arrest can be demoralizing and stigmatizing. The criminal penalties of an arrest can make an already stressful situation much worse. According to how they are classified in the Texas Politics Project, being charged with prostitution and/or sex crimes could mean that you will face a variety of criminal penalties. Punishments include:
- Class A misdemeanor: 1 year of imprisonment and a $4,000 fine
- Class B misdemeanor: 180 days of imprisonment and a $2,000 fine
- Class C misdemeanor: A $500 fine
- State jail felony: 180 days to 2 years of imprisonment and a $10,000 fine
The financial penalties of these charges can create economic hardship for you. The penalties that lead to imprisonment can separate you from your family, friends, and colleagues. Imprisonment can place your employment in temporary and often permanent jeopardy.
You do not have to accept these criminal charges or their penalties without a fight. A Denton prostitution and sex crime lawyer can help you minimize any financial penalties and jail time, so that you have the best chances of getting your life back on track.
Time Can Affect The Outcome of Your Case
If you are accused of prostitution or any other sex-related crime in Denton, the state of Texas has a limited amount of time to charge you with a crime. This is called the statute of limitations, and it plays an important role in your case.
- A misdemeanor criminal charge in Texas has a statute of limitations of up to two years from the date the alleged crime took place
- A felony charge may have no limitation or a statute of limitations of up to 10 years, depending on the severity of the criminal sexual charges
A Denton prostitution and sex crime lawyer can help you determine how time will affect your pending criminal charges. Your lawyer can also discuss your legal options in the event that the state does not formally charge you with a crime in the allotted amount of time.
Call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg
When you are faced with pending criminal charges of any kind in Texas, a lawyer can help you from the point of arrest until the point of resolution.
A member of our team will help you understand your next steps in the aftermath of an arrest. If you are battling these types of charges and want to minimize their impact on your family, your standing in your community, and your place of employment, contact the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg at (214) 696-9253.