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Immediate implications for the accused: sex crimes involving minors

The second a person is accused of a sex crime, especially a sex crime involving a minor, the negative impact of the accusation begins. The sheer stigma of being associated with this type of crime is very hard to recover from. The longer this stigma is associated with the accused, the more difficult it will be to save a person's reputation, career and future.

Although the criminal justice system is based on the concept of innocent until proven guilty, this unfortunately is not the case in the public eye. In fact, what the public so often does is immediately see the accused in a different light. For many sex crimes involving minors, such as online solicitation of a minor, sexual assault and child pornography, the accused is seen as automatically guilty. The social stigma associated with sex crimes involving minors is like an immediate death of the accused person's reputation.

Furthermore, if a person is convicted of a sex crime such as online solicitation of a minor, the social stigma continues. Like almost all states, Texas has a sex offender registry. Promulgated under Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Texas Sex Offender Registry is public record. That means anyone can find out who was convicted of certain sex crimes, where they lived and where they currently live.

How does a person accused of a sex crime involving a minor ever recover from the social stigma? The best step the person can take is obtaining not just any criminal defense attorney but one who is Board Certified Specialist in criminal law. This is the toughest fight you will ever be in. Your liberty, reputation, future and family are all at stake. Make sure you do your due diligence in hiring your criminal defense attorney.

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