Being charged and convicted of a sex crime can have life-altering effects. Not only is jail time a possibility, but you may find yourself on lifetime probation. Some sex crimes require that you register as a sex offender. Registering as a sex offender comes with work and living restrictions. If you have been accused of committing a sex crime, you must contact a sex crime defense attorney.
A sex crime is defined as when a person intentionally or knowingly forces sexual contact, intercourse, or oral sex upon another individual without their consent. Depending on the severity of the crime, it can be tried as a misdemeanor or, more commonly, as a felony. If the act is against someone 15 years old or younger, the DCAC statute will be imposed.
John Lyke Law has a strong reputation for defending those accused of sex crime charges. Our defense attorneys will implement legal strategies that are proven.
Common Sex Crimes
The category of sex crimes is broad. There is wide range of crimes that can fall into this category, like:
- Sexual assault (rape): Intentionally or knowingly forcing sexual intercourse or oral sex upon another person without that person’s consent. This is a class 2 felony.
- Sexual abuse: Sexual Abuse differs from sexual assault because there does not need to be penetration, only sexual contact. If you knowingly engage in “sexual contact” with a person over the age of 15 without their consent, it can be considered sexual abuse. The same charges can be brought if you touch the breast of a female who is under the age of 15. The penalty for this crime will be more severe when Dangerous Crime Against Children (DCAC) is in play.
- Child molestaiton: Child molestation takes place when you knowingly engage in sexual contact with a person under the age of 15. Additionally, if you knowingly or intentionally cause sexual contact between another person and a minor, you can be charged with child molestation. This is a class 2 felony.
- Child Pornography/Sexual Exploitation of a Minor: If you are knowingly creating, distributing, or purchasing a visual depiction of sexual conduct with a minor, you can be charged with child pornography. It is a class 2 felony if you are charged with this crime.
- Sexual Conduct with a Minor: If you intentionally or knowingly engage in sexual intercourse with a person that is under the age of 18, it is a class 6 felony. The penalty worsens to a class 2 felony and a DCAC case if the person is 14 years old or younger.
- Prostitution: If you accept or offer something of value in exchange for sexual favors, it is considered a class one misdemeanor. If you are a repeat offender, your fourth offense will be penalized as a class 5 felony.
- Public sexual indecency: Knowingly engaging in sexual contact, intercourse, or oral sexual contact in public while another person is present and the defendant does not consider if the other person would be offended by the act is a class 1 misdemeanor. If a minor is present, this crime can be elevated to a class 5 felony.
- Indecent exposure: When a person exposes his or her genitalia and another person is offended by the act, it is considered a class 1 misdemeanor. If there is a minor present, the penalty can be elevated to a class 5 felony.
- Failure to Register as a Sex Offender: Any person that has been convicted of certain sex crime felony must register with the local sheriff’s office of the county in which he or she resides. Failure to register with authorities is a felony offense.
What are Dangerous Crimes Against Children (DCAC)?
Sex crimes are a serious offense whether they are committed against an individual that is of age or a minor. Dangerous Crimes Against Children comes into effect if the victim of a sex crime is under the age of 15. The DCAC places a mandatory penalty on defendant’s who have committed a sex crime ona minor. Also, the statue extends the defendant’s sex crime probation to lifetime. If you are convicted of a sex crime, it can have lifelong implications that will affect every walk of your life.
Contact a Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
The penalties for being convicted of committing a sex crime can be as serious as years of prison. If the sex crime is against a minor, the penalties are likely to stiffen and become more severe. Even after you are out of prison, you will have restrictions on where you can live and work.
Being convicted of a sex crime could ruin your reputation with your friends, family, and peers. It can also have an affect on your future life. If you are being charged with a sex crime, we advise that you contact an attorney right away. The criminal defense attorneys at John Lyke Law have a proven track record of successfully trying sex crimes. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one avoid a lengthy prison sentence.