A number of different offenses fall into the sex crimes category, but they generally involve illegal or coerced sexual conduct against another individual. People convicted of sex crimes, regardless of severity, are considered “sex offenders” and face having their names added to state and federal sex offender registries.
Sex crimes are especially serious charges which require a particularly dedicated team of defense attorneys and experts. Sex crimes are radically different from most other crimes for many different reasons. At the Attorneys For Freedom law firm, our attorneys have decades of experience aggressively defending even the most serious of sex offense charges. We have experience successfully defending the most serious sex offense cases at trial; even in high-profile matters.
As an initial matter, many sex offenses have no statute of limitation at all. This is very different from many other serious felony offenses which generally have statutes of limitation of seven years. As such, a person could be charged with a serious sex offense regardless of how much time has passed since the alleged incident.
Sex offenses are generally investigated very aggressively. It is common in a sex offense investigation for the investigating officer to stage a “confrontation call” for the purpose of enticing the person under suspicion to say something that could be construed as inculpatory. As such, a person under investigation for a sex offense should be aware of the possibility of a confrontation call. The right to remain silent ought to be employed at all times by anyone under investigation for any sex crime.
Many sex offense charges unjustly punish people who are merely accused, long before trial, by unfairly holding such people in custody without the possibility of bond. The person charged with such sex crimes is entitled to a hearing to challenge the validity of the “no bond” status. Despite the law’s guarantee of being “presumed innocent,” the person charged with a serious sex offense will not likely feel like they are “presumed innocent.”
Defending serious sex offense charges will often involve voluntarily submitting to a psychosexual evaluation with a skilled and experienced psychologist. This long involved psychological testing will also likely involve a polygraph examination. The conclusions of a qualified psychologist writing a psychosexual evaluation can be an important factor in defending serious sex-related charges.
All serious sex offense charges carry extremely long mandatory prison sentences for those convicted of such crimes. Many such sentences are required to be served “flat time” or “day for day” rather than the common 85% early release from prison. As such, sex offense charges need to be aggressively defended by a criminal defense team highly experienced in these types of sex offense criminal charges.