Sex Crime Charges under Texas Law

Out of any state to be accused of a sex crime in, Texas is one of the toughest and most disadvantageous. It’s known to be very harsh in its prosecution of sex crimes, especially sex crimes against children. A person who has been accused of a sex crime in Texas often faces many years in prison and lifetime registration as a sexual offender.
>Because the penalties are often so severe and because being charged with a sex crime more often than not does irreparable damage to one’s reputation, it is in the accused’s best interest to engage the services of an experienced and aggressive sex crimes attorney. Paul Darrow is one of the few Austin area attorneys who’s also worked on the other side of the table as a prosecutor.

He has an insider’s knowledge of how the prosecutor’s office will handle a case and how they will use the available evidence against you. He is often able to persuade the prosecutor not to file charges by investigating and producing evidence that the case is untenable. Avoiding charges is always the first priority, because even if you are not convicted, you may be presumed to be guilty by former friends, neighbors, and employers.

Sexually-related crimes in Texas Penal Code include:

  • §15.031 – Criminal Solicitation of a Minor (Under 17)
  • §21.11 (Indecency with a Child),
  • §22.011 (Sexual Assault),
  • §22.021 (Aggravated Sexual Assault)
  • §43.25 (Sexual Performance by Child)
  • §20.04 – Aggravated Kidnapping
  • §21.07 – Public Lewdness
  • §21.08 – Indecent Exposure
  • §21.11 – Indecency with a Child (under 17 years of age)
  • §21.12 – Improper Relationship between Educator and Student
  • §21.15 – Improper Photography or Visual Recording
  • §21.011 – Sexual Assault
  • §22.021 – Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • §25.02 – Prohibited Sexual Conduct
  • §43.02 – Prostitution
  • §43.03 – Promotion of Prostitution
  • §43.04 – Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution
  • §43.05 – Compelling Prostitution
  • §43.22 – Obscene Display or Distribution
  • §43.23 – Obscenity
  • §43.24 – Sale, Distribution, or Display of Harmful Material to Minor (Under 18)
  • §43.25 – Sexual Performance by a Child
  • §43.251 – Employment Harmful to Children
  • §43.26 – Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography


When you’ve been convicted of a sex crime, you usually can’t simply serve your time, pay your debt to society, and pick up the pieces of your life. Once convicted of a serious sex crime, your name will appear on a public list of registered sex offenders for the remainder of your life, along with your photo and address. You will be restricted in where you can live and where you can work. You could even be held beyond the end of your sentence, through civil commitment, in some situations. Also because sex crimes often take place in secret, the actual evidence can be lacking, leading to more of a change that the accused are prosecuted.

A sex crime conviction means life, as you know it is over. Therefore, whenever possible, we try to intervene at the earliest possible stage to prevent charges from being filed. If you are charged, we will pursue the best defense available to prevent a life-destroying conviction.


So much is on the line when one is accused of a sex crime. Having an experienced, aggressive, strategic attorney is an absolute necessity in this circumstance. Do not delay and call the Austin area sex crimes attorney who is all these qualities and more. As Paul Darrow’s client, you will be treated with the dignity, respect, and presumption of innocence that you deserve.

The initial consultation is free.