It is not easy to face a criminal charge, particularly when such charge is a felony. Yet, for Texas residents, a sex crime allegation may be one of the harshest charges available. This is simply because the state of Texas takes sex offenses extremely seriously, imposing harsh sentences on convicted individuals. On top of jail time and substantial fines, a sex crime conviction, and even an allegation alone, can mean serious consequences.
For one Texas man, the consequences associated with a sex crime allegation are very real at the moment. The man recently turned himself into authorities in response to warrants for his arrest related to sex crime accusations. The man is in fact on the state of Texas' most wanted list for top ten wanted sex offenders. He was arrested by the U.S. customs and Border protection near El Paso. The accused indicated he did not want to be arrested in Mexico.
He has been a wanted man since 2005, but was just recently placed on the top ten most wanted list. He now faces a lifetime in prison among other penalties. A sex crime conviction likely places an individual on a sex offender registry in the state of Texas. In addition, future employers may discover the conviction during a background check. Further, landlords might hesitate to rent to a sex offender. Last, child custody rulings rarely fall in favor of an individual with a sex crime conviction.
In short, there is no lack of reason for obtaining a strong criminal defense during proceedings. Texas prosecutors will certainly make all attempts to convict an accused. Even if the consequences associated with a mere accusation cannot be avoided, circumventing a conviction would be life-changing in and of itself.
Source: KBTX.com, "Most wanted sex offender arrested in El Paso," Feb. 6, 2013.