In Texas, "3G" offenses are considered to be some of the most serious crimes. The term "3G" refers to an old section of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure that defines certain offenses as "aggravated offenses." These types of offenses are no listed in Article 42A.054 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
These crimes are treated with greater severity by the criminal justice system, and the penalties for conviction are more severe than for non-3G offenses, including there not being the option of probation if convicted.
The term "3G" is used to describe these specific types of offenses:
Indecency with a child
Aggravated sexual assault
Injury to a child, elderly, or disabled individual (if a first degree offense)
Burglary of a habitation to commit a felony other than theft
Compelling prostitution of a minor by force, threat, or fraud
Criminal solicitation of a first-degree felony
Sexual performance of a child
Drug offenses involving the use of a child
Any felony in which a deadly weapon was use before, during, or after the crime
In addition to the harsher penalties, 3G offenses also have a significant impact on a person's criminal record. Convictions for 3G offenses cannot be expunged or sealed, which means that they will remain on a person's record for life. This can make it difficult for individuals to find employment or housing, and it can also limit their opportunities for education and other forms of personal development.
If you or someone you know is facing charges for a 3G offense in Texas, contact us today at (972) 330-2171 for a consultation.