Houston Sex Crime Defense Attorney
When it’s all on the line, you want the best criminal lawyer to defend you.
Unmatched in sex crime defense
Neal has a proven reputation for being among the top-rated criminal defense lawyers in Texas, inside and outside of court. He understands what’s at stake and prides himself on his service, aggressiveness and results.
A quarter century of dedicated
Neal Davis has over 25 years of experience as a Houston criminal defense attorney, defending clients in Texas and federal courts.
Texas “go-to” attorney in
sex crime defense
From state child sex abuse and online solicitation to federal child pornography cases, Neal has seen and defended it all.
Swift and discrete outcome
Neal frequently resolves sex crime cases quickly and quietly, often without a trial.
Proven success in the courtroom
When cases do go to trial, Neal boasts a record of multiple acquittals, mistrials leading to dismissals, and successful appeal reversals.
- 25+ years expertise
- Handled over 1,000 state and federal cases, including sex crimes
- Appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court
- Board Certified, Criminal Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization 2009-2023
- Listed as a Best Lawyer in America 2015-2023
- Texas Super Lawyer 2011-2023
- 5-star ratings on Google and Avvo 2013-2023
- Listed as a Best Lawyer in America and Best Law Firm in America in White Collar and Criminal Defense 2017-2023
- Rated AV (highest rating) by Martindale Hubbell 2015-2023
- Proven track record of dismissals before trial and acquittals at trial
- Speaker and published author on criminal law topics
- President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, 2019-2023
A loss in court can change your life forever.
Being falsely accused of a sex crime or being investigated for sex offenses, whether under the ‘MeToo’ movement, for child porn possession, or facing even more severe allegations like rape, assault, or sexual abuse, is a person’s worst nightmare.
You may be facing life in prison or having to register as a sex offender. Sex crime charges can also have a life-shattering impact on your career.
Furthermore, a conviction can ruin your reputation, destroy your family, and even cause you to lose your job.
The stakes couldn’t be higher.
You need to hire the best defense attorney to uncover these false allegations, take on your case, and fight for your freedom.
When faced with sex crime charges, not just any lawyer will do
Many lawyers steer clear of sex crime cases. Other defense lawyers, despite their claims, have limited trial experience or have only tackled a handful of such allegations.
With over 25 years of experience, Neal Davis stands out in the defense arena. He consistently manages multiple sex crime cases and boasts a remarkable record of getting them dismissed.
His expertise in representing adult and child sex crime cases has solidified his reputation as Texas’s “go-to” sex crime attorney. It’s not just defendants who seek him out; even fellow defense attorneys trust him to refer their clients his way.
With Neal, you’re not merely hiring an attorney; you’re securing the best defense.
Our unwavering commitment
We’ll fight relentlessly to win your case and protect your future
Child sex abuse case
Indecency with a child by contact
Aggravated sexual assault of a child
K-12 sex abuse allegations
Sexual assault investigation
Neal Davis in trial for indecency with a child
State v. C.G.
(Harris County, TX)
Not Guilty in 2023
Q & A with Neal Davis
How serious is a sex offense?
Sex offenses are taken extremely seriously. With criminal justice reform, the focus has shifted from offenses like drugs, theft and intoxication to victim crimes, including homicide, assault and, most of all, child and adult sex crimes.
Is a case considered to have “no evidence” if it’s based solely on a child’s word?
A child’s word is enough. When they testify, that testimony is considered evidence. Case law is clear on this matter. Convictions have been upheld on appeal even when the child’s testimony is inconsistent.
Do I have to register as a sex offender
if I’m convicted?
Yes. For most of these offenses, lifetime registration with the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) is mandatory, and this database is accessible to the public.
How quickly do these cases
go to trial?
Texas law prioritizes sex offense cases and homicides for trial. As a result, they receive preferential treatment when scheduling trial dates.
Are these considered aggravated offenses?
Yes, nearly all child sex crimes are categorized as 3(g) offenses. This means a judge cannot grant probation (though a jury might, unless otherwise prohibited).
If sentenced to prison, an individual must serve at least half the time before being eligible for parole.
What type of lawyer should handle these cases?
Many attorneys not only avoid but refuse to defend these cases. The ones who do take them might claim to be experienced but have limited trial exposure.
It’s important to choose a lawyer who specializes in these cases and handles multiple simultaneously, with a history of taking them to trial successfully.
For more on our track record, see our results page.
I’m proud to represent people that most lawyers refuse to defend. Anyone can be charged just based on a complainant’s word, which most people fail to realize.
People ask, “But where’s the evidence?” The evidence is the complainant’s word—that’s it. That’s why these accusations can be so easily made. It’s also what makes them so unsettling and frightening, particularly given the harsh punishment if convicted.
The Neal Davis Law Firm won a huge victory on Oct. 26, 2021, by getting Texas’ child erotica statute declared unconstitutional by the Court of Appeals.
Sex crime defense client testimonials
Facing the unthinkable
Understanding the legal process can bring peace of mind
Below is a step-by-step breakdown of what happens when a person is accused of a sex crime involving a child.
Step 1. Basis of investigation
- An allegation typically originates from the child’s outcry to another individual.
- This individual then reports the allegation to law enforcement, prompting an investigation.
Step 2. Initial investigation
- Police interview the person who received the child’s outcry and collect any other relevant evidence.
- The child is referred to a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) for a forensic interview and examination by specialists.
- This interview is recorded on videotape.
Step 3. Further investigation
- Police gather additional evidence, such as school records, therapy notes and medical documents, if relevant and available.
Step 4. Concluding the investigation
- After collecting all evidence, police typically attempt to interview the suspect.
- This interview is recorded and can be used against the suspect.
- Important: At this juncture, any suspect should refrain from speaking to the police without first consulting an attorney.
Step 5. Case presentation to the DA’s office
- The evidence is presented to the district attorney’s office for review.
- If they decide to proceed, charges are filed, and an arrest warrant is issued.
Step 6. Arrest
- The defendant is arrested based on the issued warrant, and a bond is set.
- It’s crucial for the defendant to hire a specialized attorney with experience and success in these cases.
Step 7. Court proceedings
- The defendant will make court appearances approximately monthly until the case is resolved.
- During this period, the defense is entitled to copies of all the prosecutor’s discovery, including records, recordings, etc.
Step 8. Case resolution—trial, plea, or dismissal
- After several months, or potentially longer, the case will either go to trial, result in a plea agreement, or, if the prosecutor deems it justifiable, be dismissed.
- Any plea or conviction related to a child sex offense mandates sex offender registration, typically for life.
Step 9. Appeal (if applicable)
- If the defendant is found guilty at trial, they have the right to appeal the decision.
Winning your Texas sex crime case
Best defenses for sex charges
The burden of proof rests on the prosecution to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant is guilty of committing a sex crime.
And it’s the job of a defense attorney to cast doubt on the prosecution’s allegations and get the jury to dismiss the case. The defense strategy and approach you and your attorney choose to take will have a substantial impact on the outcome of your case.
Common defense strategies and approaches for defending against a sex crime charge
One of the most basic and obvious ways to fight a sex crime charge is to demonstrate that you did not commit the crime. To prove this, a defense attorney might try to establish that the complainant has no credibility and cannot be trusted or that the alleged offender was in a different location when the supposed act occurred, according to witness testimony.
This defense is known as an “alibi,” and it must be supported with credible evidence.
Motive to lie
Sex crime cases often turn into a “he said, she said” argument. Consequently, it’s crucial to scrutinize the accuser’s motivations for leveling charges against the defendant.
Expert witnesses and proper investigation can be used to uncover evidence that may undermine the prosecution’s case. For example, could false child sex abuse allegations be used to take advantage in a child custody battle? Or perhaps a means of retaliation against the defendant for some other reason? A skilled sex defense attorney will examine these and other possible motives.
Often, in the case of child sex offenses, the evidence can be “tainted” by biases and misleading interviews.
When questioning children, adults often don’t realize the suggestive nature of asking loaded questions like, “He touched you here, didn’t he?” or “He took bad pictures of you, right?”
These questions can lead to false stories of what happened since young children often answer “yes” to please adults, which is why unreliable evidence should be closely examined for signs that it’s tainted.
Motion to suppress
Police must obey strict search and seizure laws in order to obtain evidence such as photos, computer records or other files.
If they fail to follow the proper procedure, the incriminating evidence may be “suppressed,” meaning it cannot be used against you in court. The motion to suppress evidence is a constitutional right and an effective defense strategy.
Often, sex crimes lack medical evidence. For example, the child complainant has no vaginal injuries despite claiming the defendant brutally raped her.
Further, there is other forensic evidence, such as DNA evidence. A skilled defense attorney knows how to use this lack of evidence to the defendant’s benefit.
It’s also possible for an offender to claim they were mentally incapable or ill at the time of the sex crime.
If proven, insanity or mental illness can result in a more lenient sentence from the jury and judge since it can be argued that the defendant had no knowledge or understanding of the criminality of their actions.
In sex cases, special procedural rules apply. These include the rules of evidence, which affect what hearsay is admissible and what other bad acts are admissible.
A criminal lawyer needs to know how to handle these rules unique to child sex offenses.
YOU WANT THE BEST: Contact Neal Davis
If you or a loved one is facing a sex offense charge or an investigation, it’s time to take action. When your freedom and reputation are on the line, don’t gamble with your future by settling for a second-rate attorney.
Take the first step toward protecting your rights by contacting an experienced sex offender defense lawyer to discuss your legal options. The sooner we start working on your case, the more time we’ll have to prepare a strong defense.