Lewd Acts Involving Minors

Texas law makes it illegal for anyone to knowingly and willfully commit lascivious acts against minors. Unfortunately, this crime is very common. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), one in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 are sexually abused by an adult.

The consequences surrounding lewd acts involving minors are life-altering. Aside from imprisonment and stiff fines, an individual is required to register on the Texas Sex Offender Registry. if you’ve faced recent allegations of a sex-related offense, this is where an experienced criminal defense law firm can step in and provide skilled legal representation.

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In the moment, committing a lewd act against a minor may not seem like a big deal, but the Texas statutory penalties say otherwise. Texas law penalizes sex crimes harshly, especially if they involve juveniles. If you or someone you know has been arrested for a lewd act involving a minor, it’s best to reach out to a practiced legal professional who has years of experience in criminal law.

Jackson Gorski at The Law Office of Jackson F. Gorski is an excellent defense lawyer in Austin, TX who will stop at nothing to achieve a reduction or dismissal of charges, on your behalf. He can put his knowledge to work for your case. Simply give him a call at 512-960-4646 to schedule a free consultation.

The Law Office of Jackson F. Gorski represents clients accused of sex crimes in Georgetown, TX, and surrounding areas including Travis County, Williamson County, Bell County, Bastrop County, Blanco County, Caldwell County, Hays County, Milam County, and Burnett County

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Texas Penal Code Lewd Acts Involving Minors

Lewdness involving minors stems from Texas Penal Code §21.07. To understand this serious criminal charge, an individual must first understand what the Texas Penal Code says about public lewdness. According to the penal code, the individual commits public lewdness when:

  • Either:
    • while in public, or
    • in another person’s presence, or
    • with reckless disregard for another person’s presence;
  • the individual engages in sexual intercourse, deviancy, or activity;
  • knowing it would offend or alarm that person.

Public lewdness is a Class A misdemeanor offense. However, if the individual commits this act with or around children, it escalates into a felony offense. “Children” are people under seventeen.

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Penalties for Lewd Acts Involving Minors in TX

Lewd acts involving minors are crimes with many significant and daunting consequences. For example, felony offenses are punishable by ten years to life behind bars depending on the degree. Aside from having a felony on the individual’s criminal record, a judge may order the individual to register as a sex offender. Whether the individual registers for twenty-five years or a lifetime depends on the particular lewd act the individual committed and the severity of the charge(s).

Other penalties include:

  • Loss of employment
  • Loss of collegiate scholarship
  • Denial of housing rental opportunities
  • Denial of certain career certifications and licenses

If the individual is a repeat offender, their defense team may work with the judge to suggest court-ordered psychological and mental treatment services. The individual shouldn’t regard treatment services as punishment because they will help the individual overcome their deviant inclinations and often result in lighter sentencing.

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Defenses for Lewd Acts Involving Minors

Remember, an individual is innocent until proven guilty. However, this notion of innocence doesn’t mean that the accusation of committing a sex crime isn’t scary. The individual will have to rely on legal defenses to prove their innocence. The individual’s word that they didn’t commit the crime won’t be enough. Fortunately, the individual has a constitutional right to an attorney, to confront witnesses, and to have a trial by a jury of the individual’s peers. The individual’s legal team will craft strategic defenses based on their investigation into the state’s allegations and the evidence the investigation produces. Some defenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • False testimony (i.e., the individual’s accuser or the state’s witnesses are lying)
  • Insufficient evidence
  • Alibi (e.g., there is evidence that the individual was somewhere else at the time of the alleged incident)
  • Mistaken identity

As this crime’s description suggests, the individual cannot use lack of knowledge to escape legal responsibility because the individual can commit this crime with reckless disregard.

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Additional Resources

Texas Title 5 Chapter 21 Sexual Offenses – The Texas Statutes’ website defines sex crime terminology used in section 21.01.

Judicial Council Of California Criminal Jury Instructions (2021 Edition) – Justia’s website is part of the jury instructions for lewd acts involving minors. This link defines the elements the prosecutors must prove for jurors to find the defendant guilty of meeting with a minor for lewd purposes.

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Travis County Lewd Acts Involving Minors Lawyer, TX

If you have been accused of committing a lewd act in Texas, the time to start fighting the charges is now. Jackson Gorski is an experienced sex crime defense attorney in Austin, TX who knows how to approach this area of criminal law in the most effective manner possible.

Call 512-960-4646 to schedule your first consultation with him today. Serving the Central Texas area, Mr. Gorski proudly defends clients dealing with sex crime offenses in Anderson Mill, Georgetown, Lockhart, Jollyville, Round Rock, Kyle, Lakeway, Cedar Park, Taylor, Canyon Lake, and Seguin, TX.

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