John T. Floyd is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been consistently rated as a Super Layer by Thomson Reuters. He is an expert in criminal law and vigorously 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, including New Braunfels, and to federal courts nationwide representing individuals falsely accused of sex crimes.
Federal and State Sex Crimes Lawyer in New Braunfels and Comal County, Texas
Allegations of sex crimes, especially those involving children, are very serious and require representation by a lawyer with experience defending these difficult cases. These charges immediately create prejudice in the mind of the public and in those of potential juror. An experienced lawyer must begin immediately to build a successful defense by conducting an exhaustive investigation and assembling a fact specific defense strategy. This is not the case to “wing it” at trial.
Sex Crimes Lawyer in New Braunfels
If you need an experienced child sex abuse attorney in New Braunfels, know this:
New Braunfels is the county seat of Comal County, which is the 31st largest of Texas’s 254 counties.
The county’s historic courthouse was first opened in 1898 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Criminal prosecutions for felonies, including serious sex crimes, are conducted in district courts located at the Courthouse Annex, located at 150 N. Seguin.
Sex Crimes Defense Attorney in Comal County Texas
The Comal County District Attorney’s Office has 17 prosecutors, some of who are specially trained in prosecuting 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.
Comal County records roughly 120 sexual assaults a year, of which 60 are recorded in New Braunfels.
As of September 2017, there were 166 registered sex offenders in Comal County, 88 of who are registered in New Braunfels.
Increased Prosecutions, Aggressive Prosecutors Lead to Increase in False Allegations
The DA’s office has ramped up its prosecution of sex offenses, especially those involving children. In 2016, the DA’s Office secured five consecutive life sentences against a defendant for multiple counts of child sexual assault. The DA’s chief felony prosecutor, Sammy McCrary, told the judge: “This right here is the sorriest human being you will have before you. He should die alone in a hole as far as I am concerned.”
The Comal County district court has responded to this strict prosecution policy in child sex abuse cases. This year (2017) the court has imposed life sentences on two defendants convicted in different child sexual assault cases.
With increased emphasis on child sex abuse crime prosecutions by the DA’s office, there will be false allegations, conviction and incarcerations. 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 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 Registration is Difficult
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 New Braunfels Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division frequently teams with the U.S. Marshals Service, the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, the Texas Attorney General Office’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, the Comal County Sheriff’s Department, and the Comal County Adult Probation Division to conduct surprise Sex Offender Registration Offender checks in the county.
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 New Braunfels or the surrounding areas in Comal 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 Comal County Courthouse is located at:
100 N. Seguin Avenue
New Braunfels, TX 78130