As award-winning Houston criminal defense lawyer Neal Davis says, hiring the right attorney can make or break your sex offense case...
Defendants in sex crime cases often face extremely harsh and severe charges and punishments, regardless of their case's individual circumstances. Aside from the possibility of a long prison sentence, a convicted sex offender must also register as a sex offender. If you are such a person, you may wonder how a lawyer can protect your legal rights against allegations of a sex offense.
Fortunately, veteran Houston sex crime defense lawyer Neal Davis has answers for you here.
“We are proud of our record in theses cases,” Davis says of his work for sex crime defendants as head of The Neal Davis Law Firm. “While every case is different, we have had charges declined or not filed in almost every case we have cooperated in, including when multiple complainants are involved.”
Davis may begin by insisting that only he speaks to the police, and not the client, or defendant. He then advises the client on the best possible strategy, which can be to continue not talking to the police or to cooperate in order to avoid charges being filed.
Defendants should not hope that police will lose interest in a case and simply drop sex crime charges. Getting charges dropped will likely require the help of an experienced sex crime defense lawyer.
Davis takes special pride in his record of resolving sex crime cases successfully and quietly prior to actual charges being filed, with no need of going to trial. This is especially valuable in sex crime cases where public sentiment is strongly negative.
Your Sex Crime Case: From Investigations to Appeals
If a case does go to trial, your sex offense lawyer should handle everything from the investigation phase to the trial itself, even to appeals if necessary. Like Neal Davis, your lawyer should have already successfully handled cases in the investigation, at trial (where he has obtained numerous acquittals), and on appeal (where he has reversed convictions).
Choosing a Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
In choosing a defense lawyer for a sex crimes case, it's vital to find a defense attorney who is experienced in such cases - preferably vastly experienced. Sex crimes are different than other criminal cases. Not just any lawyer can handle them. A defense lawyer who lacks experience handling sex crime cases is unlikely to mount a defense as aggressively as is needed, given the stern public sentiment against such charges.
How experienced is Neal Davis in sex crime cases? He has over 20 years of experience defending those accused of sex crimes and has earned a strong reputation for handling these types of cases. Prosecutors know he means business when he enters a case. Davis has fought vigorously for such defendants' legal rights in Texas courts and in federal courts involving many kinds of sex offenses. These have included child pornography cases on a federal level and assault charges on a local level.
Sex Crime Defenses
Sex crime defenses must be specialized, depending on the charge in question.
For instance, when it comes to defending against a charge of online solicitation of a minor for sexual conduct, an experienced sex crime defense lawyer such as Neal Davis can focus on a number of mitigating factors.
Among them are that the “minor” was actually an undercover police officer who illegally entrapped the defendant into a crime while claiming to be a minor. Or if an actual minor was involved online, a defense can be made that the minor did not indicate that he or she was underage, so the adult was unaware of this. or that the adult never intended to engage in sexual conduct in the first place.
For a charge of possession of child pornography, a sex crime defense can be that the defendant was not aware of explicit materials existing among the voluminous data on his or her computer, and that such materials might have been put there by someone else. Or that the police illegally searched the computer.
For a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child stemming from an improper student-teacher relationship, the defense can hold that the relationship started before the teacher's employment. Another defense is when the age difference between the teacher and the student - perhaps a senior in high school - was less than three years. Of course, it is also always a defense that no such relationship even occurred.
As for today's widespread indulgence in “sexting” - sending sexually explicit material by text on a mobile device - sex crime defenses are strong for minors accused of such activity, thanks to a 2011 Texas sexting law designed to go easy on those who are underage. For adults, defenses can be more challenging, but not impossible, especially when the adult had no way of knowing that the person they were sexting was a minor.
Being Accused of a Sex Offense Doesn't Mean You Are Guilty
From his experience defending those accused of such sex crimes, Neal Davis is acutely aware that being accused of a sex crime does not mean the defendant is guilty of a sex crime.
He's also aware of the vast difference between general or customary criminal defense and more specialized sex crime defense. Neal Davis understands this difference and the elevated efforts which are needed to defend those accused of sex crimes.
“We work hard to present your defense in a way that prosecutors find compelling and that any jury can understand if we go to trial,” Davis says. “We want them to understand you and your situation and give you the benefit of a doubt.”
Again, being accused does not mean you are guilty of a sex crime. Neal knows from firsthand experience just how frequently false allegations are made in sex cases. Unfortunately, all it takes is the mere word of a child in a child sex offense case for charges to investigate and file charges.
Qualifications of Sex Crime Defense Lawyer Neal Davis
Among Neal Davis' many qualifications is the fact that he is among an elite few lawyers who have been awarded all of the following distinctions:
- Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a nearly 150-year-old information services company to the legal profession, signifying that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence
- Listed as a Best Lawyer in America, another peer review, established in 1983
- Received Avvo's prestigious Client Choice Award based on his quantity and quality of reviews.
A native Houstonian and graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Neal Davis has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1999. Before launching The Neal Davis Law Firm, he worked for over a decade with legendary Texas criminal defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, who has defended such persons as former U.S. Congressman Tom DeLay and U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Get a Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
If you or a loved need an experienced sex crime defense lawyer now, you can get one by contacting the Neal Davis Law Firm. Contact us today and you'll receive a free legal consultation for your case. Then, you can decide if you want to hire experienced sex crime defense lawyer Neal Davis to take charge of your case.