Sex Trafficking Laws in Texas
Posted on Sep 23, 2015 7:00am UTC
Houston Sex Trafficking Charges
Sex trafficking activities in Texas?
- Transport, entice, recruit or harbor another person with the intent forcing that person to engage in labor or services
- Benefiting or participating from prostitution, the promotion of prostitution, aggravated promotion of prostitution or compelling prostitution
- Engaging in activities that would force a trafficked child to engage in sexual activities
These activities may happen anywhere, but some of the more common locations associated with sex trafficking might include:
- Massage parlors and spas
- Modeling studios or agencies
- Topless bars
Penalties for Houston sex trafficking
A conviction for sex trafficking is a serious criminal offense that carries with it hefty fines and lengthy prison sentences. Penalties increase if you have a prior criminal record or have a prior conviction for sex trafficking. They will also increase if the charges involve a child as one of the victims.
Sex trafficking that involves a child is a felony of the first degree that is punishable by imprisonment for at least five years and fines up to $10,000. The maximum prison sentence can be as long as 99 years to life. Even if none of the victims are children, you are still facing a felony of the second degree that can include imprisonment and fines.
Not to be ignored are the consequences that a conviction of sex trafficking can bring to your personal life and career. As a convicted felon, you may find certain jobs or professions closed to you because of professional licensing requirements. A felony conviction will also affect your right to possess or own firearms.
Depending upon the charge to which you plead guilty or are convicted after trial, you might be forced to register as a sex offender. Being labeled as a sex offender limits where you can live, restricts with whom you may have contact, and subjects you to public humiliation and embarrassment.
Defenses to sex trafficking crimes in Houston
False allegations and mistaken identity are common occurrences in situations involving crimes such as sex trafficking. A defense strategy to challenge the evidence offered by the prosecution might include an attack on the procedures used by law enforcement agencies to search for and to seize evidence.
Computers, external storage devices, DVDs and other evidence may not be seized by police unless they have probable cause to believe that they contain evidence of criminal activities. A defense attorney knowledgeable about sex trafficking will know how to recognize mistakes in the methods used by investigators. Those mistakes can mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. They might also prove valuable in convincing prosecutors to reduce the charges or offer a reduced sentence in exchange for a plea.
A Houston sex trafficking attorney might help
One thing to bear in mind if you are accused of committing crimes involving sex trafficking is that a criminal charge is merely an allegation of wrongdoing. It is not a conviction. Even though charges have been filed against you, a Houston criminal defense attorney will make certain that your receive a fair trial at which prosecutors will be forced to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Have you been accused of being involved in human trafficking? It is vital that you establish defense as soon as possible to protect yourself. Call the Law Offices of Billy Skinner today at (713) 600-7777. Billy Skinner is dedicated to providing individuals with an aggressive legal defense.
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