John T. Floyd is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is rated as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters. He is an expert in criminal law and defends individuals who have been investigated or charged with serious allegations involving sexual crimes, including those falsely accused of sexual abuse involving children.
Mr. Floyd travels throughout the State of Texas, including Amarillo, and to federal courts nationwide representing individuals falsely accused of sex crimes.
Allegations of sex crimes, especially those involving children are very serious and require representation by a lawyer with experience defending these unique and most difficult cases.
Federal and State Sex Crimes Lawyer in Amarillo, Potter County Texas
John T. Floyd is Board Certified in Criminal Law. He has successfully represented hundreds of individuals under investigation for serious sex crimes, often preventing criminal charges from being filed. He has compiled an impressive record of defending and winning many complex sex crimes cases involving false child sex abuse allegations. His success in these cases has been featured in media and newspapers across the State underscoring his stature as a criminal law expert.
John T. Floyd has used his extensive experience in child sex abuse cases to write exhaustively about the issue of false allegations in these cases. He has appeared on national news programs to provide expert commentary on high profile sex cases. Mr. Floyd understands how devastating a false child sex abuse allegation can be. The moment the allegation is made, a vicious stigma of guilt attaches that must be quickly, and convincingly, confronted to minimize its life-altering damage.
Increased Prosecutions Lead to Increase in False Allegations in Potter County
The Potter County District Attorney’s Office has 17 prosecutors who are specially trained in prosecuting cases involving sexual abuse of children. The office also has six investigators and two liaison officers with the Amarillo Police Department to investigate these cases.
The DA’s office has ramped up its prosecution of sex offenses, especially those involving children. The Potter County district court has responded to this strict prosecution policy in child sex abuse cases with harsh prison sentences and hefty fines. A state court defendant was recently given a life sentence for three sex offenses involving children while another defendant was given consecutive life sentences two child sex offenses. District Attorney Randall Sims has stated he believes these offenders should spend the rest of their lives in prison.
This past June 2017 a Texas husband and wife were formally exonerated after spending 25 years in the state’s prison system on charges of sexually abusing children. Subsequent investigations established that not only had the couple not abused children, no crime had ever even occurred.
With increased emphasis on child sex abuse prosecutions by the DA’s office, there will be false allegations, especially in divorce proceedings involving contentious child custody disputes. Reputable studies reveal that false child sex abuse allegations are made in anywhere from 6 to 35 percent of these cases. Some of these will occur in Potter County.
Experience Counts in Sex Crimes Cases
The John T. Floyd Law Firm defends against sex offenses throughout the state, and has extensive experience defending against the following child sex crimes:
- Criminal Solicitation of a Minor (Under 17)
- Indecency With a Child (Under 17)
- Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student
- Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child
- Sexual Performance by a Child
- Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography
The John T. Floyd Law Firm has an experienced staff of investigators and paralegals that provide Mr. Floyd with the information and legal data necessary to prepare and present a successful defense, including but not limited to:
- Securing statements that the alleged victim has made prior false sexual abuse allegations;
- Interviewing witnesses, such as teachers and neighbors, about the alleged victim’s truthfulness;
- Compiling client’s military records, criminal history (if any), education records, good character references, witnesses willing to testify for client, and polygraph examination results (if such a test is necessary to undertake);
- A factual summary of the defense to be presented at trial;
- A legal summary of the case law research conducted into relevant issues about the case;
- Results of research into the police officers, forensic interviewers, social workers, and forensic psychologists the prosecution plan to use;
- A detailed summary of interviews conducted with prosecution witnesses; and
- A compilation of all the evidence gathered by defense investigators and experts showing client is not a pedophile.
CPS Investigations in Potter County
The Department of Family and Protective Services reported that of the 66,075 confirmed cases of child abuse in the state in 2016, nearly 6,000 of them involved sexual offenses. Many of these will ultimately prove to be false.
In 2015, the Department conducted 1,376 child abuse investigations in Potter County, of which it could confirm abuse in only 647. Many of the unconfirmed investigations involved false child sexual assault allegations. Potter County leads all the Panhandle counties in unconfirmed child abuse cases, including sexual abuse.
The Texas Department of Public Safety’s Uniform Crime Report for 2016 found that the number of sex offenses in the state increased by 7.7 percent last year.
Potter County records roughly 223 sexual assaults a year, of which 219 are recorded in Amarillo.
As of October 2017, there were 666 registered sex offenders in Potter County, 578 of who were registered in Amarillo.
The FBI Uniform Crime Reports ranks Amarillo in the top 5 of cities in Texas with the highest crime rate.
Conviction of any sex offense requires that the offender register with local law enforcement under both federal and state law thereby placing his name/address in a public registry. This can dramatically alter a person’s life, forever. Securing employment and safe housing become exceedingly difficult. Friends, and even family, tend to drift away. Depression becomes a fixture in a registered sex offender’s life.
Living with sex offender registration is indeed difficult. Failure to fully comply with the sex offender registration requirements can result in a felony prosecution. Depending on the initial conviction that required registration, the punishment may be based on a state jail, third- degree, or second-degree felony.
The John T. Floyd Law Firm is committed to not letting a child sex abuse allegation lead to a conviction and ultimately to sex offender registration.
If you, or a loved one, is under investigation, or has been charged with a child sex abuse offense, it is imperative that you seek legal representation as soon as possible.
The John T. Floyd Law Firm stands ready to travel to and defend against any child sex abuse allegation leveled in Amarillo or the surrounding areas in Potter County. A free in-office or telephone consultation is available for persons under investigation or charged with a child sex abuse offense. While Mr. Floyd travels to criminal courts throughout Texas, his primary office is in Houston, Texas. All other locations are by appointment only.
We are located at:
4900 Woodway Dr.
Houston, TX 77056
Amarillo is the county seat of Potter County, which was named after Robert Potter, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the first Secretary of the Texas Navy. The historic county courthouse was built in 1932 and was given a historic designation in 2008 by the Texas Historical Commission.
The District Courts are located at the new Potter County Courthouse is located at:
500 S. Fillmore Street
Amarillo, TX 79101