Sex crimes cover a broad group of conduct including rape, possession of child pornography, and indecent exposure. In recent years, sex crimes involving children have received intense media coverage leading to the legislature enacting strict penalties and prosecutors taking tough stances on sex crimes. These actions are being applied to any crime that is classified as a sex crime — even activities between consenting adults. If you have been charged with a sex crime, it’s important to take immediate action to avoid the harsh legal consequences and social stigma attached to these types of allegations.
Sex Crime Penalties
Sex crimes are classified as both felonies and misdemeanors depending on the seriousness of the charges with the most severe charges carrying prison sentences of up to 30 years. Other charges may result in probation of up to 10 years with intense monitoring, the possibility of having Internet access restricted, and mandatory participation in sex offender treatment programs. Conviction of a sex crime also requires registration as a sex offender, and this status can impose restrictions on where you can live or travel, require you to identify yourself as a sex offender to your neighbors, restrict you from having contact with children even within your own family, and place you on a publicly accessible database.
Defending Sex Crimes Charges
Sex crime charges are often brought as a result of a misunderstanding or a rush to judgment before all of the facts are established. Sex crimes lawyers are frequently able to show that an accuser made a false claim or that the circumstances did not rise to the level of the crimes charged. Even if you believe you are guilty, it is often possible to negotiate for reduced charges or lighter consequences. To discuss the specific allegations against you, contact Bennett Law Offices to schedule your consultation.