John T. Floyd has over twenty years’ experience representing individuals falsely accused of sex crimes. Mr. Floyd is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is rated as a Super Lawyer by the preeminent rating service of Thomson Reuters. He is an 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, including Richmond, and to federal courts nationwide representing individuals falsely accused of sex crimes.
Federal and State Sex Crimes Lawyer Fort Bend County, Texas
Sexual abuse allegations carry a stigma that is both frightening and terribly hard to overcome. These allegations are easy to make. In Texas, a conviction for sexual assault can be supported by just the word of the complaining witness. This is especially dangerous when that one witness is a young child.
The ease with which child sexual allegations can be leveled against anyone, based simply on the testimony of one person, creates an immediate need to secure counsel experienced in handling these cases. John T. Floyd has represented hundreds of individuals accused of sex crimes, including false allegations of child sexual assault. He understands false allegation occur and is prepared to craft a defense to suit the particular needs of the case. He has successfully tried many serious sex cases that appeared to be hopeless and can assemble a winning defense under the most dire circumstances.
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.
Sex Crimes Lawyer in Sugar Land
The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office has a staff of roughly 80 with several prosecutors who are specially trained in prosecuting cases involving sexual abuse of children. The office also has investigators and victim assistance coordinators who work closely with the local Ft. Bend Child Advocacy Center, sex abuse nurse examiners, forensic interviewers, child counselors and local police departments in investigating these cases.
Increased Prosecutions Lead to Increase in False Allegations
The DA’s office has ramped up its prosecution of sex offenses, especially those involving children. The Fort Bend County DA’s Office adheres to this strict prosecution policy in child sex abuse cases and seeks harsh prison sentences and hefty fines. One defendant last year was sentenced to 90 years on child sexual abuse charges and another was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
With increased emphasis on child sex abuse prosecutions by the DA’s office, there will be false allegations, especially in divorce proceedings and other situations 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. Most false child sexual abuse allegations are not made by the child, rather by an adult close to the child.
There are three types of false child sexual abuse allegations:
- The allegation is completely false because the offense did not occur,
- The offense occurred but was committed by someone other than the accused, and
- The allegation is partially true but mixes descriptions of events that did not happen.
Like most counties in Texas, Fort Bend County has experienced its share of falsely accused individuals. Take the case of Neal Hampton Robbins who was exonerated after spending 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Texas Laws are Tough on Sex Crimes
If you have a child sexual abuse allegation made against you, you need to know this: Texas has a host of laws that not only prohibit but punish severely any sexual activity between an adult and a child. Offenses alleging sexual contact with a child fourteen or younger carry a possible life sentence and cases involving multiple sexual contacts over a period greater than 30 days, Continuous Sexual Abuse, carry penalties of 25 years to life in prison.
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.
Fort Bend County records roughly 220 sexual assaults a year, of which 17 are recorded in Sugar Land.
As of October 2017, there were 276 registered sex offenders in Fort Bend County, 35 of who were registered in Sugar Land.
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 ultimately proved to be false.
This past June 2017 a Texas husband and wife were formally exonerated after spending 25 years in the state’s prison system on charges of sexually abusing children. Subsequent investigations established that not only had the couple not abused children, but no crime had ever occurred.
Bring the Best Possible Defense Against Allegations of Sexual Crimes
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
The John T. Floyd Law Firm aggressively defends against child sexual abuse allegations even before formal charges are brought in two primary ways:
- Fact Investigations – determining the who, what, when, where, and how inherent in every criminal accusation. Fact-gathering is essential in defending any criminal case, especially one involving child sex abuse allegations.
- Witness Investigations – the State will have child sexual abuse experts, forensic interviewer, SANE nurses, DA investigators, and family members well-rehearsed to testify in these cases. The professional and personal backgrounds of these witnesses must be thoroughly investigated.
Team Approach is Best Approach to Winning
The John T. Floyd Law Firm has an experienced team of investigators, jury consultants, sex offender treatment providers, psychologists, computer forensic experts and paralegals that provide Mr. Floyd with the 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.
Respected Criminal Law Expert, Experienced Defending Allegations of Sex Crimes
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 Offender Registration 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 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 is just a half hour away from the Ft Bend County Courthouse and stands ready to defend against any child sex abuse allegation leveled in Sugar Land or the surrounding areas in Fort Bend 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
Fort Bend County is the 10th largest county in Texas whose county seat is Richmond.
Sugar Land is the largest city in Fort Bend County. The historic Ft. Bend county courthouse was built in 1908 and is located in downtown Richmond. The district courts are now located in the Fort Bend County Justice Center, and are where all felony criminal prosecutions are presented, including the most serious child sex offenses.
The Fort Bend Justice Center is located at:
1422 Eugene Heimann Circle
Richmond, Texas 77469