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In 2000, the Department of Justice found that State and Federal courts convicted almost 984,000 adults of felonies. The penalties for a felony conviction can significantly change your life, and the sooner you contact an attorney upon being threatened with a felony sex offense charge, the better chance you have of mounting a successful defense.

Children's Protective Services

Stanley G. Schneider and Ned Barnett

Texas Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys

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Our team of sex crimes defense lawyers realizes that society treats child abuse sex crimes differently from any other type of criminal charge. Just the mere charge can be like poison to the reputation, job, and/or liberty of yourself or a loved one. If you or a loved one has been contacted by Children's Protective Services, or feel that you or a loved one may be contacted soon, contact a Houston criminal defense lawyer on our team for a case consultation.

How the process works

Many times a person accused of a sex crime such as child sexual abuse will not be contacted by a police officer investigating an allegation but rather an investigator for Children's Protective Services. This will allow a non law enforcement person to interview a person accused without advising them of the charges or the nature of the allegations. No one is allowed to be present during these interviews and they are not recorded in any fashion.

Our Texas sex crimes lawyers understand that this is a critical stage in the investigation. It is not designed to help the person accused, but rather to gather information that can assist a prosecution. No interview should be conducted without experienced counsel.

Once a child is interviewed by Children's Protective Services and its investigation is complete, the police are notified. The investigating police officer may also contact the person accused in an attempt to get the person to make an incriminating statement.

What your next move should be

If you or a loved one has been accused of a sex crime, such as sexual assault to Sexual Assault Practice Area or child pornography, or if you or a loved one is the subject of a Children's Protective Services investigation, call a board certified criminal defense lawyer. Contact us today. We observe strict rules about privacy and cannot discuss any information about your case once an attorney-client relationship has been established.

Stan Schneider, Ned Barnett and Troy McKinney are Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

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