One of the most heinous crimes a person can be accused of are sexually charged. Once convicted as a sex offender your life will never be the same. You will need to register as a sex offender so that people know where you live. It will be difficult to find employment. You cannot go near schools. Failure to register once convicted is a federal crime.
Questions surrounding a sex crime
A person facing sex crime accusations can be charged with a misdemeanor, an aggravated misdemeanor or even a felony. The severity of the crime will depend on the answers to several questions, such as:
- Was there penetration?
- Was there consent?
- Was the victim an adult or a minor?
- Was the defendant an adult or a minor?
- Did the victim suffer a personal injury?
- What injuries did the victim sustain?
- Were weapons used to hurt or threaten the victim?
- What is the mental stability of the defendant?
- What is the mental capacity of the victim?
- Was the victim raped, exploited, or solicited and in what manner?
If you ever face sex crime allegations, learning more about the law can help you feel more in control. To be sure, the charges and near future is dire, but you are not without hope.
Let your lawyer do the talking.
Serious charges such as sex crimes require the assistance of a lawyer experienced with the state and federal laws surrounding those issues. Knowing your Miranda rights protects you from jeopardy, but knowing a good lawyer will ensure you have a vigorous, thorough defense.