Sex crimes are punished on multiple levels — prison time, a felony record, public scorn and the sex offender registry. Being labeled a sexual predator or sex offender severely restricts your freedoms, and any violation of the strict rules can result in new criminal charges.
The Law Office of Larry P. McDougal provides skilled defense and negotiations to avoid sex offender status if at all possible. We also defend individuals facing felony charges for failing to comply with the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program.
Our Richmond criminal defense lawyers understand the burdens of sex offender registration and the lifelong consequences. We use our law enforcement background to your advantage to fight the allegations or mitigate the penalties.
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The Sexual Offender Registration Program (SORP) recognizes five levels of risk, from those considered dangerous predators to those deemed least harmful to the general public or least likely to reoffend. The higher the level, the greater the restrictions and monitoring. Texas sex crimes subject to SORP require lifetime sex offender registration, except for indecency by exposure, which carries "only" a 10-year registration.
Sex offender registration requires regular check-in with a probation officer and notifying law enforcement of any change in residence or employment. Higher-level offenders may be restricted from holding certain jobs or living near a school or may have their name and photo posted on a state website or their status revealed to neighbors. Every police department and sheriff's office has a unit that knocks on doors to make sure registered offenders are where they are supposed to be. Fort Bend County has an assistant prosecutor who handles nothing but sex offender violations.
Experienced Defense For Sex Offender Registration Violations
Criminal defense attorney Larry McDougal Sr. formerly served as a police officer and prosecutor. He knows how to challenge sex crime allegations and subsequent charges of violating the sex offender registration rules. Can the government prove its case? Was the violation an honest mistake or a minor technicality? Are there mitigating factors?
We explore possible plea agreements that would downgrade or avoid sex offender status. For example, a charge of sexual assault might be reduced to indecency by exposure or aggravated assault, avoiding lifetime sex offender registration. Our lawyers know what kind of evidence or argument is needed to strike such a deal, and we are always prepared to try the case if it's not possible to get charges dismissed or take sex offender status off the table.
Contact A Fort Bend County Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
Our legal team will work for the most favorable outcome and inform you of your options so that you can make the best decision if faced with these serious allegations. To discuss your situation and how we can make a difference, contact us today for a free, confidential consultation.