Helping You In Your Time Of Need
Being charged with sex crimes can immediately impact your reputation. A conviction for sex crimes can, depending on the crime, result in significant prison time and thousands in fines. Additionally, some sex crimes convictions require you to register as a sex offender. A certified criminal law specialist like Robert F. Landheer can fight to exonerate you of the charges and restore your reputation in the community.
Which Sex Crimes Require Sex Offender Registration?
For most crimes, sex offender registration requires notification to local law enforcement of your location within 5 days of your birthday or a change of residence. Not all sex crimes require you to register as a sex offender. Generally the crimes that require registration include:
- Public Exposure
- Contributing to the delinquency of a minor
- Acts involving a minor
- Sexual acts accomplished by force or coercion
- Human Trafficking
Is Consent A Defense?
Consent is a valid defense to some sex crimes like rape, oral copulation, and sodomy. However, it may be difficult to prove consent due memory loss from alcohol consumption and the absence of other witnesses to the incident. There are also cases where consent is not an acceptable defense to the crime. These include sexual acts against persons who cannot legally consent to sex, such as minors, people who are unconscious, people intoxicated by a controlled substance, and people with mental or physical disabilities.
Sex Crimes Have Serious Consequences
Aggravated sexual assault involves sexual acts committed against a minor using force and is a felony punishable by 15 years to life in state prison.
Unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor can be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the age difference. If you are over 21 and the minor is under 16 the punishment is 2,3, or 4 years in state prison.
Incest, marriage or sexual acts involving a parent, grand-parent, sibling, or aunt/uncle is a felony punishable by imprisonment in state prison for up to 3 years.
Child molestation is a lewd act performed by a minor under the age of 14 and is punishable by up to 8 years in state prison.