John Floyd 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 regularly represents individuals charged with these most serious crimes through trial and understand the trial preparation and strategy necessary to win. 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. Mr. Floyd travels throughout the State of Texas, including Midland/Odessa, and to federal courts nationwide representing individuals falsely accused of sex crimes.
Federal and State Sex Crimes Lawyer in the Midland/Odessa & Ector County
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. Mr. Floyd has represented hundreds of individuals under investigation or charged with sex crimes and has achieved acquittals, “Not Guilty,” verdicts from juries that others thought unwinnable.
If you need an experienced child sex abuse attorney, you need to know this:
Midland is the most populous city and the county seat of Midland County while Odessa is the most populous and county seat of Ector County. While most of Odessa is in Ector County, a small part of the city is in Midland County. The two cities are commonly referred to as the Midland/Odessa Petroplex.
The Texas Monthly reported in August 2017 that Midland/Odessa are two of the “most dangerous” cities in Texas. The Midland Police Department recorded 24 sexual assaults in 2016 and the department is on a pace to record 34 in 2017.
The original Midland County Courthouse was built in 1905 while the Ector County Courthouse was built in 1964. Both counties have updated their courthouses where criminal prosecutions are presented, including child sex offenses, and the district attorneys’ offices in both counties aggressively pursue criminal prosecutions.
Sex Crimes Lawyer in Midland/Odessa and Midland/Ector Counties Texas
Both the Midland and Ector County District Attorneys’ Offices have specially trained prosecutors who handle all cases involving sexual abuse of children.
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.
Ector County law enforcement and child protective services conducted 430 child sexual assault investigations in 2016, and confirmed only 69 of them. A majority of the allegations proved to be false.
Increased Prosecutions Lead to Increase in False Allegations
The DA offices in both counties have ramped up its prosecution of sex offenses, especially those involving children. This is evidenced by the fact that as of September 2017, there were 439 registered sex offenders in Midland County, 350 of who are registered in Midland; and there were 358 registered sex offenders in Ector County, 266 of who are registered in Odessa.
The Midland/Ector county district courts have responded to the increase in child sex offense prosecutions. This year courts in the two courts have imposed sentences of 45 and 50 years and a life sentence in child sex offense cases.
The jury in the life sentence case took only 15 minutes to return its verdict. Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said the “maximum sentence handed down by Judge Smith will assure that this defendant will never harm another child and he will die in prison where he belongs.”
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 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
Preparation is Key to Success
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.
Sex Registration Difficult 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 may be based on a state jail, third- degree, or second-degree felony.
The Midland County Sheriff’s Department utilizes a national-based OffenderWatch service to manage and monitor the whereabouts, conduct, and compliance status of registered county sex offenders. The department, in conjunction with federal authorities, conducts regular investigative sweeps to make sure all offenders are in compliance with their registration conditions.
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 the Midland/Odessa Metropolitan Area or the surrounding areas in Midland/Odessa Counties. 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 Midland County Courthouse is located at:
504 N. Loraine St.
Midland, TX 79701
The Ector County Courthouse is located at:
300 N. Grant Avenue, #301
Odessa, TX 79761