Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer in Bellville, Austin County Texas
John T. Floyd has over twenty years’ experience defending allegations of sexual abuse and 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 crimes involving children. Mr. Floyd travels throughout the State of Texas, including Bellville, and to federal courts nationwide representing individuals falsely accused of sex crimes.
Sex Crimes Lawyer in Bellville, Texas
False Allegations of sexual abuse, especially those involving children can be devastating. Given our inclination to believe and protect our children, most of us tend to believe our children. Even trained professionals like police investigators, prosecutors and judges tend to believe a child with little or no corroborating evidence. We understand false allegations happen and we know how to respond. Mr. Floyd has over twenty years’ experience defending allegations of child sex abuse and understands how to investigate, research and put together a winning defense.
Increased Prosecutions Lead to Increase in False Allegations
The Austin County District Attorney’s Office has prosecutors who are specially trained in prosecuting cases involving sexual abuse of children.
The DA’s office has ramped up its prosecution of sex offenses, especially those involving children. The Austin County district court has responded to this strict prosecution policy in child sex abuse cases with harsh prison sentences and hefty fines. A life sentence was imposed on one defendant this year after he was found guilty of child sexual assault.
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 Austin County.
State Statistics Document Rise in Allegations
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.
Austin County records roughly 10 sexual assaults a year, of which 3 are recorded in Bellville.
As of September 2017, there were 59 registered sex offenders in Austin County, 18 of who were registered in Bellville.
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.
Sex Crimes Lawyer in Bellville and Austin County Texas
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
Experience Counts in Austin County Sexual 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.
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.
Proven Team Approach Fights False Allegations
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.
Sex Registration in Texas is Tough
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 Bellville or the surrounding areas in Austin 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
Bellville is the county seat of Austin County, which was named after Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas.” The county’s courthouse was built in 1960 and is the location of the district courts, where all felony criminal prosecutions are presented, including child sex offenses.
The Austin County Courthouse is located at:
1 East Main Street
Bellville, TX 77418