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Sex Crime Attorney Overview

Lawyer Representation in Cases Involving Sexual Offenses

Sex crimes are some of the most serious crimes prosecuted under state and federal laws. A person convicted of a sex crime will typically face harsh punishments, and they may be required to have their name listed in a sex offender registry, which can cause a great deal of difficulty in their personal and professional lives.

If you are facing charges for any sexual offense, it is essential to secure representation from a skilled criminal defense lawyer. An attorney who is experienced in state laws that apply to your situation can help you understand your best options for defense.

Types of Sex Crimes

Sexual offenses can encompass a wide variety of criminal activities, including:

  • Sexual assault - Any type of involuntary sexual contact may fall under this category, including rape, sexual contact with a person who is unconscious or unable to give consent (date rape), threatening or coercing someone into sex, or groping.
  • Statutory rape - It is illegal for an adult to have sexual contact with a minor. However, state laws can vary in how they define the age of consent, the allowed age difference between a minor and an adult, and how the age of the victim affects the seriousness of an offense. It is important to understand the laws in one's state and the potential offenses that can be charged.
  • Prostitution - Depending on state laws, people may face charges related to accepting payment for sexual activity, soliciting a prostitute, or acting as a middleman (pimping). Charges are more serious if they involve solicitation of a minor.
  • Indecent exposure - Exposing one's genitals in public for the purpose of sexual gratification or with the intent to offend can result in criminal charges. In some states, urinating in public may be considered indecent exposure.
  • Child pornography - People may face both state and federal criminal charges if they create, possess, or distribute pornographic materials that depict a minor under the age of 18. These charges are incredibly serious, and even first-time offenders are likely to face 15 to 30 years of imprisonment, as well as substantial fines.

Depending on state laws, the ages of the victims, and the nature of the offense, a sex crime may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. In cases involving violence or the threat of violence, such as aggravated sexual assault, the charges will be more serious. However, even "minor" offenses can require a person to become a registered sex offender, which can limit their ability to find employment in certain fields, as well as their ability to obtain housing. Offenders may also face a civil lawsuit for the injuries or damages caused to victims of sex crimes.

If you have been accused of a sex crime or are under investigation for a sexual offense, you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can help you understand the state and/or federal laws involved in the charges and your options for minimizing the consequences to your life.

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