James R. Makin Law Firm
    Quite often there is no forensic evidence - it's just the word of the victim or the opinion and interpretation of what the alleged victim says.

State of Texas vs. J. Edwards
Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.
An interpretation and opinion case based on the story of a 5-year-old. The jury deliberated 7 hours before "hanging up" 11 not guilty, 1 guilty. (The case was later dismissed.)

State of Texas vs. C. Dominguez
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.
The State had no forensic evidence against the client, only the testimony of an 8-year-old and her crack-addicted mother, whom the client had taken in off the street. Evidence was developed showing the mother had attempted the same plot against another man. The credibility of the child was questioned by school teachers. Jury deliberated 6 hours before "hanging up" 10 not guilty, 2 guilty. (The case was later dismissed.)


Q.     My 18-year-old son is dating a 16-year-old girl. Although they are very close in age, does the crime of statutory rape apply?
A.     Yes! Sexual Assault is having sexual relations (consensual or not) with someone under the age of 17.

Q.     Is visiting pornographic websites online considered a crime?
A.     Under several different laws, it could be.

Q.     Once you are convicted of a sex crime, is it true you have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life?
A.     For certain offenses, yes.

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