John T. Floyd is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is rated as a Super Layer by Thomson Reuters. He is a recognized 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 abuse involving children. Mr. Floyd travels throughout the State of Texas, and to federal courts nationwide representing individuals falsely accused of sex crimes.
You need an experienced child sex abuse attorney in Laredo and Webb County, TX
Laredo is the 10th most populous city in Texas, and ranks number 10 on the FBI’s list for the ten most dangerous cities in the state. Laredo is located in Webb County in South Texas, a region that has the highest rate of child sex abuse cases among the top five regions in Texas, according to the latest data from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Laredo is the county seat of Webb County and is where the county courthouse and jail are located. The courthouse was built in 1909 at a cost of $40,000. It remains the same structure today.
Sex Crimes Lawyer in Laredo and Webb County Texas
The Webb County District Attorney’s Office, located in Laredo, maintains a Special Victims Unit that is staffed by its best and most experienced prosecutors who are specially trained in prosecuting cases involving sexual abuse of children.
According to the Laredo Police Department’s 2016 Annual Report, the department’s Special Investigation Unit conducted 644 sex crimes investigations, including child sex abuse and sex offender registration cases.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz places child sex abuse prosecutions over all others. “In Webb County, in Laredo, in Zapata – that if you abuse a child, you will go away for a long time. We will continue to work hard and put our priority … on any child predator here in Webb 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. That is reflected in the number of sexual assaults in Laredo increasing from 133 in 2015 to 148 in 2016.
Increased Prosecutions Lead to Increase in False Allegations
The DA’s office has ramped up its prosecution of sex offenses, especially those involving children. This is evidenced by the fact that as of September 2017, there were 233 registered sex offenders in Webb County, 189 of who are registered in Laredo.
The Webb County district courts have responded to the increase in child sex offense prosecutions. This year one defendant was given a life sentence for sexually abusing a 13-year-old juvenile while another defendant was given a 30-year sentence for killing his wife. Worse yet, a 14-year-old former Laredo student now faces a lifetime of sex offender registration after he was arrested for having consensual sex with his 12-year-old sixth grader girlfriend.
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. In fact, the Laredo PD’s Annual Report recorded 215 unfounded reports of crime last year, many of which were false sex offense allegations.
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. One Laredo registered sex offender was arrested this year because he didn’t report a change in employment. 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 Laredo or the surrounding areas in Webb 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 Webb County Courthouse is located at:
1000 Houston Street
Laredo, TX 78040