John T Floyd expert in criminal law and defends individuals who have been investigated or charged with serious allegations involving sexual crimes, including those who have been falsely accused of sexual abuse involving children. Mr. Floyd travels throughout the State of Texas, including Livingston, and to federal courts nationwide representing individuals falsely accused of sex crimes. John T. Floyd is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is rated as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters.
Serious Sex Crimes Lawyer in Livingston, Texas
Allegations of sex crimes, especially those involving children are very serious and require representation by a lawyer experienced in defending these difficult cases. John Floyd has extensive experience representing individuals under investigation or charged with serious sex crimes. He has tried many of these most difficult cases to juries, achieving “not guilty” verdicts in many cases other lawyers thought hopeless.
If you need an experienced child sex abuse attorney in Polk County, you need to know:
The Polk County District Attorney’s Office has four prosecutors, each of whom 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 Polk County district court has responded to this strict prosecution policy in child sex abuse cases by seeking harsh sentences including life imprisonment and 99 years in prison.
Increased Prosecutions Lead to Increase in False Allegations
With increased emphasis on child sex abuse prosecutions by the DA’s office, there will be false allegations, especially in divorce proceedings or other cases involving contentious property or 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 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.
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.
Polk County records roughly 44 sexual assaults a year, of which 3 are recorded in Livingston.
As of September 2017, there were 219 registered sex offenders in Polk County, 119 of who are registered in Livingston.
Sex Crimes Lawyer Polk 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 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.
Convictions Require Registration as Sex Offender
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 Polk County Sheriff’s Department has a Sex Offender Unit that supervises and monitors registered sex offenders. The department encourages citizen participation in the monitoring of these offenders.
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 Livingston or the surrounding areas in Polk 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
Livingston is the county seat of Polk County, which was named after President James K. Polk. Rich in farmland, the county is located 75 miles from Houston. The county’s historic courthouse was opened in 1923 and remains the location of the district courts, where all felony criminal prosecutions are presented, including child sex offenses.
The Polk County Courthouse is located at:
101 W. Church St.
Livingston, TX 77351