Bastrop, Elgin and Bastrop County Sex Crimes Defense
John Floyd has over twenty years’ experience as a criminal defense lawyer, is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is rated as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters. John T. Floyd is a recognized criminal law expert and has appeared in media outlets around the world, discussing issues related to criminal law. He defends individuals who have been investigated or charged with serious sexual crimes, including those falsely accused of sex crimes involving children. Mr. Floyd represents clients accused of these most serious crimes throughout the State of Texas, including Bastrop County, and to federal courts nationwide.
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.
Do not talk to the police or CPS Investigators Without an Experienced Sex Crimes Lawyer
If you are in Bastrop County, you need to know this:
Elgin is the most populous city in Bastrop County while Bastrop is its county seat. The historic Bastrop County Courthouse was built in 1883. The Bastrop County District Courts are in Bastrop County Courthouse, now located at 804 Pecan Street. This is where all the felony cases filed in Bastrop County are files, including the most serious sex offenses.
Each year approximately 40,000 Texas children receive services from Children’s Advocacy Centers and roughly 1 in 3 Texans will experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime.
Sex Crimes Lawyer in Elgin
The Bastrop County District Attorney’s Office is in Bastrop and maintains a strict position in the prosecution of sexual offenses involving children.
The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Department has a Special Crimes Unit (SCU) that participates in the Child Protection Team with the Bastrop Police Department, the Elgin Police Department, District Attorney’s Office, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Children’s Advocacy Center, Family Crisis Center, juvenile probation, and medical professionals in a collective effort to prevent and prosecute child sex abuse cases in the county.
According to the Department of Family and Protective Services, children in Bastrop are victims of physical/sexual abuse at a rate higher than the state average. This rate has steadily increased since 2011. Earlier this year the Texas Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) arrested a Bastrop County man on child pornography charges. The CEU and the Sheriff Department’s SCU proactively seek out and arrest suspected child predators and push for severe prosecution.
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. DPS reports that of the more than 18,000 sexual assaults reported in the state each year, about 33 percent of them involve children. Bastrop County experiences approximately 50 sexual assaults each year. The county has more sexual assaults than the state and national averages, and its overall crime rate is 114 percent higher than the national average.
DA’s Office Aggressive Stand in Child Sex Offense Prosecutions
As of September 2017, there were 298 registered sex offenders in Bastrop County, 73 of who are registered in Bastrop while 62 are registered in Elgin.
The Bastrop County district courts have responded to the statewide increase in child sex offense prosecutions. Recent life sentences were given to child sex offenders in both Bastrop and Elgin.
Aggressive Prosecutions Can Lead to Increase in False Allegations
With increased emphasis on child sex abuse crime 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.
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
A Bastrop County Attorney Experienced in Sex Assault Cases
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.
The John T. Floyd Law Firm has an experienced staff of investigators and paralegals that provide Mr. Floyd with the factual 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.
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.
Sex Registration Changes Life and Destroys Families
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.
The John T. Floyd Law Firm stands ready to travel to and defend against any child sex abuse allegation leveled in Bastrop, Elgin or the surrounding areas in Bastrop 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
The Bastrop County Courthouse is located
804 Pecan Street
Bastrop, TX 78602