Experienced Sex Crimes Lawyer in Conroe, Montgomery County Texas
John T. Floyd is an expert in criminal law, Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is rated as a Super Lawyer by the renowned Thomson Reuters. He has a reputation for defending 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 Conroe, which is located less than an hour’s drive from the office, and to federal courts nationwide representing individuals falsely accused of sex crimes
Child sexual abuse allegations carry a stigma that is both frightening and terribly hard to overcome. These allegations are easy to make, especially in Montgomery County, where a multi-disciplinary team of prosecutors, forensic interviewers, counselors, sexual assault nurses and investigators have perfected the art of aggressive prosecutions against individuals accused of sex crimes. Mr. Floyd strongly advises that individuals suspected of sex crimes in Montgomery County decline all interviews with law enforcement or CPS until they have a lawyer present. This is true even if you have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide.
Just google the news for Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Crimes Against Children Unit, and you will find article after article citing multiple life sentences handed out to defendants who dare to fight against this prosecution machine, many of who were convicted on the thinnest of evidence. If you under investigation in Montgomery County for allegations involving sex crimes, especially those involving children, just know you are facing serious jeopardy and need the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer experienced in defending these most serious allegations. Mr. Floyd has experience successfully litigating cases against this prosecution team and can build a defense strategy specifically designed for Montgomery County.
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. He has successfully tried several cases against the Crimes Against Children Unit in Montgomery County and knows how to build a successful defense when facing this adversary.
Sex Crimes Lawyer in Conroe and Montgomery County Texas
The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office has a special Crimes Against Children Unit whose prosecutors who are specially trained in prosecuting cases involving sexual abuse of children. The office works in conjunction with the Children’s Safe Harbor, where it has an office along with other members of the prosecution team, including the Conroe Police Department and the County Sheriff’s Department.
Increased Prosecutions Lead to Increase in False Allegations
The DA’s office has ramped up its prosecution of sex offenses, especially those involving children. The Montgomery County district court has responded to this strict prosecution policy in child sex abuse cases with harsh prison sentences and hefty fines. One defendant recently received three life sentences for child sexual abuse and at least two defendants received life sentences last year after conviction for the same crimes.
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. Most false child sexual abuse allegations are not made by the child, rather by an adult close to the child.
There are three types of false child sexual abuse allegations:
- The allegation is completely false because the offense did not occur,
- The offense occurred but was committed by someone other than the accused, and
- The allegation is partially true but mixes descriptions of events that did not happen.
Like most counties in Texas, Montgomery County has experienced its share of false sexual assault allegations. Take the case of Stephen Wray who was exonerated on four child sexual abuse charges in Montgomery County following a jury verdict that acquitted him on the charges in 2014.
Sex Crimes in Texas and Montgomery County
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.
Montgomery County records roughly 220 sexual assaults a year, of which 46 are recorded in Conroe.
As of October 2017, there were 888 registered sex offenders in Montgomery County, 221 of who were registered in Conroe.
Montgomery County is the 11th largest county in Texas and the FBI Uniform Crime Reports ranks Conroe with a crime rate higher than 89 percent of rest of Texas cities.
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 ultimately proved to be false.
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, but no crime had ever occurred.
Expert Criminal Defense Lawyer Defending the Falsely Accused
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 aggressively defends against child sexual abuse allegations even before formal charges are brought in two primary ways:
- Fact Investigations – determining the who, what, when, where, and how inherent in every criminal accusation. Fact-gathering is essential in defending any criminal case, especially one involving child sex abuse allegations.
- Witness Investigations – the State will have child sexual abuse experts, forensic interviewer, SANE nurses, DA investigators, and family members well-rehearsed to testify in these cases. The professional and personal backgrounds of these witnesses must be thoroughly investigated.
Experienced Teams of Professionals Dedicated to Success
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.
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 Offender Registration in Texas
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 can range from two to twenty years in prison.
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.
Contact an Experience Criminal Defense Lawyer Immediately
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 Conroe or the surrounding areas in Montgomery 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., Suite 725
Houston, TX 77056
Conroe is the county seat of Montgomery County. The county courthouse was built in 1936 and is still the location of some of the district courts in Montgomery County, where criminal felony prosecutions are presented, including the most serious child sex offenses.
The Montgomery County Courthouse is located at:
301 N. Main Street
Conroe, TX 77301
The County Courthouse Annex is located at:
207 West Phillips, Suite 306
Conroe, Texas 77301