Sex crimes are serious crimes that have serious consequences. There is a wide range of sex crimes. If you are accused of a sex crime, particularly if it involved a minor, you may be facing prosecution immediately after the allegation. Since sex crimes rarely have any witnesses they are often prosecuted on the claim of the victim. An investigation will usually be conducted, which you may not be aware of. There may or may not be evidence against you but in most cases the crime will be prosecuted regardless. You will need to immediately get skilled representation to assist in your defense.
Some of the most common crimes that fall into the sex crime category include:
- Rape / Date Rape
- Statutory Rape
- Sexual Abuse
- Child Pornography
- Indecent Exposure
- Lewd Conduct
- Child Molestation / Crimes Against Children
Sex crimes may be prosecuted as misdemeanors. However, in most cases they are prosecuted as felonies. The penalties if convicted can be severe. If a sex crime is prosecuted as a felony the penalties may include:
- Jail Sentence
- Community Service
- Pay fines and court fees
- Attend Rehabilitation Programs
- Register as a Sex Offender
If you have been charged with a sex crime you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Those who are convicted of sex crimes will often face jail time and will have a criminal record that can make it difficult to find employment in the future and can experience family problems. Being viewed as a sex offender or predator is difficult. A good attorney will work to defend your case. Your attorney will try to get the charges reduced. Aggressive criminal defense is required.