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Llano sex crimes defense attorneyAn alleged offender recently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 50 years in prison for violating his sex offender registration requirements in Llano County. The man was originally required to register as a sex offender following multiple 1997 convictions in Williamson County for victimizing two young girls over a four-year period. 

Sex crimes often carry serious penalties for alleged offenders, making a stringent defense against the charges even more important. Sex offender registration can be one of the most demeaning and embarrassing aspects of a sex crime conviction, so it comes as little surprise that some people are not terribly active in maintaining their records. There are, however, clear consequences to violations of state law.

Sex Offender Laws in Texas

Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure addresses the Sex Offender Registration Program, and this law states that any person with a reportable conviction or adjudication must register as a condition of parole or release to mandatory supervision, must register as a condition of community supervision, or extra-jurisdictional registrants must register as sex offenders. Reportable convictions or adjudications are defined as convictions or adjudications based on more than 13 different kinds of violations.

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Llano County criminal defense lawyerWhen someone is charged with a crime, he or she is officially accused of committing the crime. If a criminal case goes to trial, the case typically results in an acquittal or a guilty verdict. However, some cases never make it to trial. Criminal charges may be dropped or dismissed under certain circumstances. 

If a criminal defendant's charges are dropped or dismissed, the criminal defendant avoids the stress of a trial. He or she is free to go without threat of jail time, fees, or other criminal penalties. Eventually, the individual may have the record of his or her arrest expunged, so it is no longer visible to landlords, employers, or community members. 

When Are Criminal Charges Dismissed? 

There are several reasons why a judge may dismiss criminal charges. The most common reason is a lack of evidence. If the prosecutor does not have enough evidence to prove the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the judge may dismiss the charges. A judge may also dismiss charges if he or she believes the defendant's constitutional rights were violated during the arrest or investigation. For example, if the police searched the defendant's home without a warrant or probable cause, any evidence obtained during the search would be inadmissible in court. As a result, the judge would likely dismiss the charges.

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Llano County DWI defense lawyerIn Texas, even a first-time conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can lead to thousands of dollars in fines, mandatory jail time, and loss of driving privileges for up to a year. If you or a loved one were charged with drunk driving, you will want to understand the potential defense strategies a skilled DWI defense attorney may use during the case. Depending on the specific circumstances of the DWI traffic stop, arrest, and chemical BAC tests, it may be possible to avoid conviction or even get the charges dismissed.

Common Defenses Against Drunk Driving Charges in Texas

To convict someone of DWI, the prosecution must prove the elements of DWI beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced criminal defense lawyer may use many different strategies to cast doubt on the defendant's guilt.

These include, but are not limited to:

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Llano, TX Domestic Violence Defense LawyerDomestic violence is a major problem in Texas. In order to protect victims of domestic violence from their abusers, Texas laws allow acts of domestic violence to have a significant impact on divorce proceedings. While this certainly helps true victims of domestic violence, it also makes it easy for false allegations to completely derail an innocent parent’s chances of getting custody of their kids. If you are getting divorced and facing allegations of domestic violence, it is important to understand how Texas child custody laws work.

How is Child Custody Decided in Texas? 

Child custody is divided into two areas - possession and access, also known as “visitation,” and conservatorship, also known as “custody” or the ability to make important decisions on behalf of the child. 

Both of these areas can be severely impacted by domestic violence. If there is a history of domestic violence from one parent against a child or the other parent, Texas judges are prohibited from allowing parents to share conservatorship. If the abuse towards the child occurred in the past two years, the abusive parent can be prohibited from spending time with the child entirely. 

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Llano, TX Child Crimes Defense AttorneyAccusations of child abuse are easy to make but very difficult to fight. No matter how sincerely you believe you are innocent, however, it is necessary to take accusations seriously because an investigation from Texas Child Protective Services can have a seriously negative impact on your relationship with your children. Many people believe that being cooperative with Child Protective Services is the best way to get a case dropped but unfortunately, that is not how it works. Your best hope for fighting unwarranted investigations from Texas CPS is having an experienced attorney who knows how to defend your parental rights. Here are three tips for how to behave if you have just learned that Texas CPS is investigating you. 

Ask What the Charges Are

Social workers will often be intentionally vague about the specific charges against you, but you have the right to know exactly what the details of the accusations are. Do not accept vague charges of abuse or neglect; these are general categories that are not meaningful or specific. You should know exactly what you are being accused of so you can justly defend yourself. 

Do Not Talk to CPS Unless You Have Your Attorney Present

You do not need to let a CPS worker into your home unless they have a warrant. Even if they make threats that your children will be taken away, hold your ground. Ask to see a warrant and if they cannot show you, do not let them in. Do not answer questions because your answers can be misconstrued against you. You may feel as though you have nothing to hide and, as such, should have no problem talking to a social worker. But social workers are often unfairly cynical about parents and may only be looking for evidence that supports their case against you. Only speak to them with an attorney present. 

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