Practical Help From a Sex Offender Defense Lawyer Serving San Antonio and the Central Texas Area
Being accused of any sex crime, from indecent exposure to prostitution to rape, can have significant negative consequences, regardless of whether you are eventually convicted. Sex crime accusations are taken very seriously — by your neighbors, your co-workers, your family, the police, and the prosecuting district attorney's office.
If you are convicted of a sex crime, you face lifelong consequences. You could be facing lengthy incarceration, lose your job, suffer a damaged reputation, and be forced to register as a sex offender. Such serious consequences need to be aggressively fought against with the help of an experienced sex crime attorney.
At the law firm of Patrick L. Hancock, you will find an accomplished San Antonio sex crime attorney with more than 25 years of criminal law experience focused primarily on fighting sex crime charges such as sexual assault, Internet sex crimes, and child pornography.
Patrick Hancock has received numerous accolades in criminal defense, including selection for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2006+) and Texas Super Lawyers (2007+). Call our law office for a free and confidential consultation about your sex crime charges: 210-223-8844.
Accused of any of the following sex crimes? We can help.
|Aggravated kidnapping with intent to commit a sex offense||Texas Penal Code section 20.04(a)(4)|
|Indecency with a child by exposure||Texas Penal Code section 21.11(a)(2)|
|A second conviction for indecent exposure||Texas Penal Code section 21.08|
|Indecency with a child by contact||Texas Penal Code section 21.11(a)(1)|
|Sexual assault||Texas Penal Code section 22.011|
|Aggravated sexual assault||Texas Penal Code section 22.021|
|Prohibited sexual conduct (incest)||Texas Penal Code section 25.02|
|Sexual performance by a child||Texas Penal Code section 43.25|
|Compelling prostitution||Texas Penal Code section 43.05|
|Possession or promotion of child pornography||Texas Penal Code section 43.26|
|Burglary with intent to commit a sex offense||Texas Penal Code section 30.02|
San Antonio Sexual Assault Attorney
No matter what you think of the charges against you, it is critically important to seek the advice and honest opinion of a seasoned criminal defense lawyer. If you are convicted — even of a relatively minor sex crime — you could be required to register publicly as a sex offender for the next 20 years. In addition to possible jail time, you could face restrictions on where you live and your ability to find work. If you get quality legal advice and representation early in the criminal proceedings, you will have a clear picture of the likely outcome, and you will also give your attorney time to build as strong a defense as possible.
Sex charges are devastating for almost everyone. Career, family, and freedom are often at stake. Penalties and consequences may include imprisonment, sex offender registration, loss of the right to vote, loss of the right to bear arms, probation or parole, mandatory AIDS testing, court-ordered rehabilitation, and costly fines.
Child pornography or rape defense is an urgent and serious matter. The sooner you have an experienced sex crime lawyer on your side, the more likely it is that damage can be contained before your case goes too far.
Protect Your Reputation and Future Against Sex Crime Convictions
Any allegation of a sex offense comes with an immediate social stigma — a social stigma that attaches to a few other criminal charges. A person accused of any sexual assault not only must deal with the criminal justice system but must also face the court of public opinion.
It is vital to your reputation, your freedom, and your future that you begin an aggressive defense against sex crimes charges immediately. The sooner you contact a San Antonio Sexual Assault Lawyer, the sooner he will be able to start building your case, which could include:
- Suppressing the evidence: Did police officers obtain evidence through illegal search and seizure? Did they have a proper search warrant? Were you entrapped (induced to commit the crime) by an investigator?
- Proving you were wrongfully accused: Did the alleged victim lie because a child custody or divorce case motivated he or she? Was the alleged victim trying to protect his or her reputation? Was he or she enticed into giving false evidence?
Sex Crime Attorney in San Antonio
A Sexual Assault Attorney can thoroughly investigate your case to determine what defenses are available to you. He will then use those defenses to fight for a reduction or dismissal of your charges. With over 25 years of criminal law experience, Patrick Hancock understands that sex crime police investigators frequently fail to interview all witnesses, visit the crime scene, take necessary photographs, or even complete a thorough forensic investigation. A rush to judgment by law enforcement to take a rape report, or even make a sex crime arrest, may result in an innocent person sitting behind bars. Often the accuser’s motive to make a false claim is not closely investigated by the police.
In responding to trumped-up charges, or false sex crime accusations, our criminal law firm immediately gathers exculpatory defense evidence, before it is destroyed, or witnesses’ memories fade. We have an aggressive private investigator on staff, with over thirty years of experience in the criminal justice system.
Our law firm works aggressively to protect your rights and fights to reduce or dismiss, the sex crime charges that the government has levied against you or your loved one. Our San Antonio Sex Crime Defense Lawyers follow a proactive approach in representing you and have a record of tremendous case results. Failing to act decisively may lead to a felony or misdemeanor sex crime conviction, resulting in substantial jail or prison time, and permanent tracking by the authorities through Penal Code Section 290 Sex Crime Registration.
Do Charges Hold up Under Scrutiny?
We are experienced at working with the District Attorney's office. We challenge the prosecution to prove every single piece of evidence that is used to support the charges against our clients with serious sex crimes, including Internet crimes.
- Can the prosecutor prove his case?
- Was evidence gathered legally?
- Are witnesses credible?
- Was improper entrapment a tool of the prosecution?
- If sexual assault of an adult is the charge, was the sexual contact actually consensual?
Our Sex Crime Defense Practice
San Antonio Sexual Crime Attorney, Patrick L. Hancock is here to provide you with a thorough defense against all types of sex offenses, including:
- Sexual assault/rape
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Aggravated sexual assault with a child
- Possession or distribution of child pornography
- Date rape or statutory rape
- Indecency with a child
- Internet sex crimes
- Internet solicitation of a minor
Sexual Offender Registry — Lasting Consequences of a Conviction
After a conviction for a sex crime, the state of Texas may require you to register as a sex offender — a requirement that can dramatically affect where you live, your social reputation and your ability to live a normal life. If you fail to register or fail to notify police when you move or start a new job, you may face additional criminal charges.
Skilled criminal defense is the key to avoiding sex offender registration. Lawyer Patrick L. Hancock will aggressively pursue the dismissal of your charges or work to reduce the potential penalties in your case through negotiation or in the courtroom.
Legal Issues in Sex Crime Cases
Attorney Pat Hancock is an accomplished lawyer who takes very seriously his job of protecting his clients' constitutional rights as they move through the criminal justice system. Mr. Hancock has enjoyed significant success raising legal challenges in sex crime cases — with the result that damaging evidence is dismissed and charges are lowered or dropped altogether.
We cannot promise a specific result in your case, but we can promise to conduct a thorough evaluation and examination of the case against you and do our best to obtain a favorable outcome.
Contact a Sexual Assault Defense Attorney for Help in San Antonio, Texas, and Surrounding Counties
If you are being investigated for, have been arrested for or have been charged with any sex offense in the San Antonio area, you need focused and aggressive representation on your side. Contact sex crime attorney Patrick L. Hancock for immediate help. Call his office at (210) 223-8844 to set up a free and confidential consultation.