Even the allegation of sexual misconduct has the potential to smear an otherwise exemplary reputation. Unfortunately, a conviction can result in a number of legal, professional and personal consequences. In addition to serving a strict criminal sentence, you may be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life; having a profound impact on how you can earn a living and even where you can live.
Types of Sex Crime Charges
Sex crimes fall into a number of different categories: assault, abuse, Internet-related crimes and solicitation/prostitution. Sexual assault offenses typically involve rape, whether it is violent, date or statutory. Crimes involving children, such as molestation or child prostitution, are classified as child abuse. Internet sex crimes involve any illegal activity that starts on the computer, such as downloading or sharing child pornography or soliciting sex online.
The penalties for a sex crime are life-altering. For example, if convicted of aggravated rape (an offense in which the perpetrator threatens harm or rapes a person incapable of stopping the act), an offender could be sentenced to life without parole.
In addition, those convicted of sex-related offenses must register as sex offenders. This includes submitting personal contact information, photos, fingerprints and a DNA sample to the local police department and informing all residents and businesses within a certain radius of their home—every time they move.
Fighting a Sex-Related Charge
It’s not unheard of for people to falsely accuse another person of a sex crime. Attorney J. Bradley Cockrell has helped a number of clients fight their charges after being accused of sexual assault or other related crimes. He understands what’s at stake and will fight for your right to a fair trial.
If you have recently been accused of a sex crime, submit your contact information now for a free case evaluation. Attorney Cockrell is here to offer advice.