John T. Floyd is a recognized criminal law expert. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is rated as a Super Layer by Thomson Reuters. He defends individuals who have been investigated or charged with serious allegations involving 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 and to federal courts nationwide.
Allegations of sex crimes, especially those involving children are frightening and very serious and require representation by a lawyer experienced in defending these difficult cases.
Sex Crimes Lawyer in Brownsville, Harlingen and Cameron County, Texas
Brownsville is the most populous city in Cameron County and its county seat while Harlingen is in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas just 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.
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.
The Cameron County Courthouse is a registered historic building opened in 1912 and is where sex offense prosecutions are regularly presented.
Cameron County DA Aggressively Prosecutes Sex Crimes
The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, located in Brownsville, maintains a strict position in the prosecution of sexual offenses involving children. Created in 2013 by DA Luis V. Saenz, the office’s Child Abuse Unit has prosecuted scores of child sex offense cases and secured an average sentence of 18.5 years per offender.
“The Child Abuse Unit [works hard] to secure convictions against individuals who commit horrendous crimes against children,” DA Saenz says.
The DA’s office is also a partner with Homeland Security Investigations Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Investigations Task Force that targets both federal and state child sex offenses, including possession and distribution of child pornography.
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. Cameron County experiences approximately 330 sexual assaults each year, of which approximately 190 are committed in Brownsville and 24 in Harlingen.
Aggressive Prosecutions Lead to Increase in False Allegations
As of September 2017, there were 641 registered sex offenders in Cameron County, 249 of who are registered in Brownsville while 167 are registered in Harlingen.
The Cameron County district courts have responded to the statewide increase in child sex offense prosecutions. Earlier this year a 60-year-old Brownsville man received a 32-year sentence for sexually abusing two girls while a Harlingen man last year received a 40-year sentence for also sexually abusing two young children. Two years ago a Harlingen man received a 75-year sentence for continuous sexual assault of a child.
DA’s Office Aggressive Stand in Child Sex Offense Prosecutions
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 percentage of innocent people wrongfully convicted is both staggering and scary. One of those wrongfully convicted of a child sex offense is Brownsville native and legendary Tejano singer Joe Lopez. His case illustrates all that can go wrong in a child sex abuse case.
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 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.
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 Brownsville, Harlingen or the surrounding areas in Cameron 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 Cameron County Courthouse is located at:
974 E. Harrison Street
Brownsville, TX 78520