Being charged with any type of crime is alarming and distressing, but some crimes are much more distressing than others such as sex crimes charges. Being charged with a sex crime can be extremely damaging to an individual as sex crime allegations often lead to assumptions of guilt. These charges can harm a defendant’s reputation in the community, bring shame and embarrassment on the defendant’s family, and can hurt his or her employment and any potential employment opportunities.
Beaver County sex crimes attorneys understand the devastating consequences of sex crime convictions that may include sex offender registry requirements, prison time, and fines. They also understand that innocent people are often wrongfully accused which is why our attorneys offer nonjudgmental representation for our clients accused of sex crimes. Our attorneys believe in their clients provide every aggressive and committed representation for each of them.
Types of sex crimes
Our attorneys represent clients faced with federal and state sex crimes allegations. Common types of sex crimes allegations include the following:
- Internet sex crimes such as child pornography and luring a minor
- Prostitution or solicitation of prostitution
- Sexual assault by a coach, employee, or volunteer of a nonprofit
- Statutory rape
- Sexual assault
- Indecent assault
- Aggravated indecent assault
- Sexual abuse
- Child molestation
- Solicitation of a minor
- Indecent exposure
- Failure to register as a sex offender
Sex crimes investigation
Sex crimes defense attorneys will examine each case and search for weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case against the defendant. These weaknesses are often the key to a defendant’s legal victory. Overzealous or unethical prosecutors who are looking to close a case may bring charges against an innocent person and will sometimes ignore or try to hide evidence that favors the defendant. Defense attorneys know this and will conduct a thorough investigation that includes combing through the prosecutor’s case and evidence to find where evidence is lacking against the defendant and to discover evidence that helps to exonerate the defendant.
Sex crimes defenses
Common defenses raised in sex crimes cases are listed below.
- Other people had access to the defendant’s computer, home, office, or anywhere else that incriminating evidence may have been found.
- The defendant did not send emails or download illegal materials and there were other possible suspects who may have done those things.
- Files the defendant downloaded were mislabeled. This is not uncommon especially in file sharing cases. For example, the defendant was attempting to access a song and the file was labeled as the title of the song, but the content turned out to be child pornography.
- Sex was consensual and was therefore, not rape.
- It was not solicitation because no exchange for gifts or money was attached to the activity.
- There is not sufficient evidence to convict the defendant.
- The evidence was illegally obtained and is therefore, inadmissible.
- There were other potential perpetrators.
- The defendant has a solid alibi and witnesses.
- The witness was not telling the truth.