John T. Floyd is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is an expert in criminal law, and is rated as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters. Mr. Floyd has over twenty years’ experience 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 often travels throughout the State of Texas, including Hempstead, Texas, and to federal courts nationwide representing individuals falsely accused of sex crimes.
Serious Sex Crimes Lawyer in Waller County
False allegations of sex crimes, especially those involving children are frightening and very serious. It is a mistake for an individual to believe that since the allegations are false that an attorney is not required and cooperation with authorities is advisable. These cases require representation by a lawyer experienced in defending these difficult cases.
If you need an experienced child sex abuse attorney, you need to know this: Do not talk to police, law enforcement investigators or anyone from child protective services without a lawyer.
Increased, Aggressive, Win at All Costs Prosecutions Lead in Wrongful Convictions
Waller County records roughly 43 sexual assaults a year, of which 5 are from Hempstead.
The Waller County District Attorney’s Office has prosecutors who are specially trained in prosecuting cases involving sexual abuse of children.
Federal and state child exploitation task forces have ramped up investigations regarding allegations of sex offenses involving children, especially those involving the online solicitation on the internet and child pornography. The Waller County District Attorney’s Office has responded to this strict prosecution policy in child sex abuse cases and harsh prison sentences. A state court defendant was recently given a 20-year sentence for indecency with a child and a defendant from Hempstead charged in federal court was sentenced to 50-year for sexual exploitation of children.
With increased emphasis on child sex abuse prosecutions by the DA’s office, there will be false allegations, especially in divorce proceedings, child custody fights and other situations involving hotly contested family 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 Waller 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.
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.
Increase in Allegations and Prosecutions
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. 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 Registration in Waller County, Texas
As of October 2017, there were 90 registered sex offenders in Waller County, 35 of who were registered in Hempstead.
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. We defend against allegations of sexual offenses throughout the state, and have 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
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 Hempstead or the surrounding areas in Waller 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
Hempstead is the county seat of Waller County, which was named after Edwin Waller, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the first mayor of Austin. The county courthouse was built in 1955 and is the current location of the 506th District Court where all felony criminal prosecutions are presented, including serious child sex offenses.
The Waller County Courthouse is located at:
836 Austin Street
Hempstead, TX 77445