Crimes of a sexual nature are a fragile legal issue that comes with extreme ramifications if convicted. Not only will you have to worry about a prison sentence, but you will also be subject to the public and social scrutiny that comes with it. Indecent exposure is a seemingly minor offense when it comes to crimes of a sexual nature, but police, the courts and the community still take the allegation very seriously and will attempt to prosecute to the furthest extent of the law
Unfortunately, this may involve subjective opinions and snap judgments from individuals that should be looking at the facts of the case. As a citizen of this country and resident of Texas, you have a constitutional right to due process and you should be given every opportunity to argue your case and prove that you are not guilty.
With the help of a qualified Houston criminal defense attorney, you can fight the allegations in a professional and efficient manner, helping you move closer to getting the charges reduced or dismissed. With such an allegation as indecent exposure, the response must be swift. If you do not act, a sexual crime conviction can turn your life upside down.
Houston Indecent Exposure Attorney
Considering the subject matter and implications that arise from an indecent exposure charge, many attorneys may avoid such cases. It takes a special kind of lawyer to take control of this politically charged issue and provide the legal counsel that every person accused of crimes, no matter what the allegation may be, deserves.
This attorney needs to be aggressive, knowledgeable, experienced and proactive. Matt Horak, Attorney at Law, PLLC is able to claim all of these characteristics, along with a sense of integrity that motivates him to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. His commitment to protection your rights while developing a defense strategy that factually refutes the allegations. This comprehensive legal counsel will seek out the evidence of the case while also exhaustively analyzing the probable cause for arrest and the procedure itself, seeking out holes in the prosecution's case.
The judge or jury in the case can only enter a guilty verdict if the evidence proves guilt 'beyond a reasonable doubt, so having a detail-oriented attorney that can effectively articulate the defense argument is essential in finding a favorable resolution. Matt will use his previous casework experience in conjunction with his strong understanding of the court system in Texas to provide the type of legal representation necessary to clear your name.
Matt Horak proudly represents individuals throughout Southeast Texas, including the two cities where he has office locations, Houston and The Woodlands. His legal counsel extends to residents of Spring, Katy, Sugarland, Baytown, Galveston, Clear Lake and Conroe, among many others.
To discuss the details of your case with Horak Law, please call (713) 225-8000 or send an online message. The initial consultation is free and confidential, and the firm takes pride in a quick response, meaning that they will get started on your case immediately.
Texas Law Regarding Indecent Exposure
Indecent Exposure is considered a crime that is sexual in nature. The statutes that discuss indecent exposure can be found in Chapter 21 of the Texas Penal Code. According to §21.08, a person commits the offense of indecent exposure if:
- He or she exposes his or her anus or any part of his or her genitals with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, and
- He or she is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended are alarmed by his or her act.
The state of Texas considers indecent exposure to be a misdemeanor offense. More specifically, the charge is classified as a Class B misdemeanor. If convicted of this charge, the presumptive sentencing includes up to 180 days (6 months) in jail and / or fines of up to $2,000. There is also a possibility for probation or other forms of additional punishment.
If you are convicted of indecent exposure twice in Texas, you are required to register as a sex offender annually for a period of (10) ten years following discharge from supervision. A conviction will also show up on your permanent criminal record, allowing those doing a background check to see the offense.
Considering the ease with which a person can conduct a background check on your criminal history, a conviction for a sexual crime can be a deal breaker for many jobs and opportunities that you may be interested in. So, not only will you have to deal with the short-term consequences of jail and fines, you will also be dealing with the long-term consequences of decreased earning potential and exclusion from certain professional industries.
Horak Law | Texas Indecent Exposure Arrest Lawyer
If you have been charged with indecent exposure in Texas, now is the time to begin fighting the allegations. With all the negative implications, dragging your feet will only serve to worsen and already volatile legal situation. Matt Horak will be able to get started immediately on your case and provide the legal counsel necessary to help you beat the charges and move on with your life.
Taking charge of every single aspect of your case, you will have an attorney that will make use of every measure available to him to help increase your odds for a successful resolution. He will interview witnesses, gather evidence and produce all relevant legal documentation. This comprehensive representation is also focused on keeping you up to date and well informed of the case proceedings. Matt understands that a lack of understanding can bring a sense of fear, especially when it comes to a serious legal issue, so he always makes certain that his clients are given a straightforward and transparent understanding of the case.
As a Southeastern Texas criminal defense attorney, Matt is willing to provide legal counsel to individuals and families in the cities of Fort Bend, Beasley, Richmond, Wallis, Missouri City, Alvin, Pearland, Cypress, Humble, Katy, and Tomball, amongst others. This also extends to cities and towns throughout Harris County, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County, Liberty County, Galveston County, Montgomery County and Waller County.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation to go over the specifics of your Texas indecent exposure case please call (713) 225-8000 or send an online message. Your defense needs to start immediately, so get in contact with Horak Law today.