In recent years, the public awareness of sex crimes and the stigma associated with being one of those accused has significantly increased. Serious charges can be made with little or no evidence, and the alleged offender is often assumed guilty even after being proven innocent. Those willing to defend the accused are sometimes hesitant do defend them to the best of their ability, for fear that their own reputations could be in jeopardy. Worse, the accused can lose their job, friends and the trust of their family--before they have even gone to trial.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) January 23, 2006 -- The Texas law firms of Ned Barnett & Associates and Schneider & McKinney, P.C. have launched a new website, texas-sexcrimes-defense.com that focuses on their ability in defending those accused of sex crimes and to provide information to those accused of sex crimes in Texas. Criminal defense attorneys Ned Barnett and Stanley G. Schneider are uniquely qualified to counsel people accused of sex crimes. Their diverse background, ability to work closely as a team, and their extensive experience with sex offense cases give their clients a significant advantage in the courtroom.
Both Barnett and Schneider have decades of experience handling prominent criminal cases and have seen an increasing number of cases involving sex offenses, particularly those that involve children. "With the rise of False Memory Syndrome and child porn sting operations, more and more people are being falsely accused of child abuse, many of whom are assumed guilty by their peers before the trial," reports Schneider. False Memory Syndrome is associated with a memory of an event that did not occur, often brought about by misleading suggestions by a psychiatrist, psychologist, family member or other person trusted by the victim.
"Often, accused persons make unwise decisions early on," explains Barnett, "such as talking with Child Protective Services without counsel, or they are talked into a plea bargain without realizing that it will force them to become a registered sex offender which can permanently affect their ability to remain in the workforce."
Mr. Barnett has over 20 years experience working on cases involving sex crimes. In 1991, as an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Barnett was the lead trial attorney on a large number of significant criminal cases during which time he never lost a case. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Schneider is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has been practicing law for over 30 years, specializing in State and Federal criminal trials and appeals. In 2004 and 2006, Schneider was listed in Best Lawyers in America; he is a frequent speaker for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Project; and he is the author of several of the resources located on the new website discussing the defense of child sexual abuse cases.
Barnett and Schneider believe their job is to make sure each client is fairly and expertly represented, regardless of any stigmas surrounding a case. "We know the prosecution is sure to bring a team of experts to any case involving sex offenses, and we feel the defense should have the same," Schneider says. "To help make sure this happens, they have entered into the new concept of assembling a team to defend sex crimes and are providing the website as a resource to the accused."
The new website, created by Directory One, features resources and articles for those accused of child sex crimes and information about their rights and the process of defense against child abuse allegations. Also included is information about Barnett and Schneider?s experience and their contact information.