Sex with a minor is a term for criminal sexual acts between an adult and an under-age person, usually a person under the age of 18. Although the specific laws vary from state to state regarding the legal age of consent, all states consider the charge of sex with a minor as a serious felony and it is crucial to consult a criminal defense attorney regarding these accusations. The severity of the charge will depend on many factors including the age difference between the victim and the defendant and the amount of force used, if any. Sex with a minor charges can lead to, or translate to, other charges like child molestation, statutory rape, and criminal sexual conduct in varying degrees. These are all extremely serious sex crimes that carry severe penalties. Sexual crimes committed against minors, especially those who are considered children, are among the most heinous charges one can be accused of – with penalties similar to those of murder, torture, or kidnapping. Because of these life changing consequences, it is vital to hire a sex with a minor attorney to represent your best interests.
Our criminal defense lawyers know how stressful it is to be accused of committing a sex crime, specifically the crime of sex with a minor. It is a devastating experience that may affect the rest of your life. It is paramount that your criminal lawyer is there to guide and protect you throughout your case. The first step towards defending yourself is placing your defense into the right hands – this will relieve a great deal of your stress and give you the peace of mind in knowing you have an aggressive sex with a minor lawyer who is passionate about your defense and is fighting for your life.
The criminal process involved with sex crimes usually beings with someone making an accusation. Once someone is accused, law enforcement gets involved and begins a sex crime investigation. Usually a detective will contact the accused in hopes of gathering evidence or statements that will strengthen the prosecution’s case. This investigation stage is called the prefile stage, since charges have yet to be filed. After reading the rest of this page, it is crucial that you read the prefile page and the criminal process page for a better understanding of the justice system.
The seriousness of a sex with a minor charge depends on the surrounding circumstances. For instance, the more heinous charges stem from very violent and aggressive incidents like an occurrence of rape between two strangers. A less serious charge of sex with a minor may stem from a normal relationship where a 19 year old and 17 year old, that have been dating for a number of years and are now in a situation where their sexual relationship is illegal. These are two very different types of cases that need to be defended by a sex with a minor lawyer in very different ways. Our attorneys will ensure that you are aggressively defended and that your side of the story is heard. Our criminal defense attorneys believe that open communication and trust between attorney and client is a top priority, and it should be yours as well. We will address all of your concerns and build a defense for your case that encompasses all the issues that are most important to you.
If you are being accused of sex with a minor, but have not yet been charged, call us IMMEDIATELY. If you have been contacted by the police or someone is threatening to press charges against you, it is important that a criminal defense lawyer gets involved as soon as possible. Our job is to prevent those charges from ever being filed against you. Our sex with a minor lawyers have an excellent track record with preventing possible criminal charges. Good people are falsely accused of crimes all the time, and the best chance an attorney has to get the accusations dropped is in the early phases of the criminal process. The sooner we can begin to defend you and diffuse any allegations the better overall chance you will have in staving off charges, and avoiding possible time in prison.
Our sexual assault attorneys have the experience, the passion, the aggressiveness and the time to give your case the defense it deserves. You can never be too cautious with criminal sexual cases. If you are convicted of having sex with a minor, you may be facing decades of time in prison, mandatory sex offender registration, and the stigma that a sex offender carries throughout life. Once you are convicted, or even charged with a sex offense, it can be very difficult to carry on a normal life, get a job, be admitted to schools, or maintain long term relationships. Your case deserves your full attention and needs to be the top priority in your life. You may need to pull all your resources together to ensure that your case is handled properly. Contact our criminal law firm immediately for a free consultation to discover what can be done to handle your case.
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