Sex Offenses – An Overview

Sex offenses include a myriad of criminal sexual behaviors, ranging from prostitution to rape. If you or one of your family members is facing a sex-offense charge, it is very important to obtain the legal representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney. The penalties for a sex offense conviction can be serious and life-changing, but many defenses are available. Call William M. Butler, Jr at 502-582-2020 as soon as possible, this allows the evidence to be evaluated and witnesses to be questioned soon after the event. For over 28 years, William Butler has successfully defended thousands of clients, and has compiled an impressive record of positive results, he can help you too. Please see his Case Results and Testimonials. Or you may contact him via email to schedule your initial confidential consultation.

What Is A Sex Offense?

Sex offenses include all forms of illegal sexual activity, ranging from the crime of rape, usually defined as sexual penetration without consent, to the crime of prostitution, usually defined as sex for hire. The most serious crimes involve the sexual assault of children or include physical injury. Other sex offenses include public indecency, voyeurism, prostitution, solicitation, pornography, date rape, lewd acts, pandering, pimping, statutory rape and unlawful sodomy.

Generally, sexual assault includes unwanted physical contact with a sexual organ. In some states, the laws also prohibit aggressive sexually suggestive statements, without requiring physical contact. Physical contact is considered unwanted if the victim refused, physically objected or was unable to give legal consent. It is not necessary to show that the accuser physically resisted. Current laws are usually gender-neutral, so they protect all sexual-assault victims.

Misdemeanor or Felony?

Most sexual-abuse and sexual-assault crimes are felonies. Lesser offenses such as public indecency are often misdemeanors. The local prosecutor will decide whether a felony or misdemeanor charge is more appropriate under the particular circumstances. Criminal Defense Attorney William M. Butler Jr., if contacted early enough during the investigation, may be able to minimize the charges that you face. Each state’s statutes provide for different crimes, definitions, punishments and guidelines. William Butler is well versed in Kentucky and Federal Law, and can help you evaluate your situation and prepare your defense.

Prosecution and Defenses

Many sex-offense acts have no witnesses, so prosecutorial decisions are made on the strength of other evidence and on the credibility of the parties. Because of the nature of the crime, false accusations can occur and it can be difficult to defend against such charges. If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a sex offense, the most important call you can make will be to Criminal dDefense Lawyer William Butler, so he or she can begin investigating your case and defending your rights as soon as possible. Conviction of a sex offense can bring severe penalties and change your life forever. An aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney will help craft a vigorous defense considering the law and facts of your case and may be able to get your charges reduced or dismissed.

The prosecutor must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant committed a sex offense. The available defenses vary greatly from crime to crime, but may include consent, insufficient evidence, innocence and other defenses. Your state of mind and intention, the surrounding circumstances and other factors may affect the degree of any criminal responsibility you may be found to have. Criminal Defense Attorney William M. Butler Jr., can ensure that the prosecutor has not ignored evidence that is in your favor. William Butler will gather evidence to support your defenses, possibly including a psychological evaluation, evidence showing the victim has a motive not to tell the truth or a history of not telling the truth, evidence of the victim’s mental state or tendency to fantasize or to form false memories, supporting medical evidence and opinions and other evidence showing that you are innocent or committed only a lesser included offense. Therefore, you must call a William M. Butler, Jr., at 502-582-2020 to begin the defensive investigation as soon as possible, or you may contact him via email to schedule your initial confidential consultation.

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The legal consequences, as well as the natural social ramifications, of a sex-offense conviction can be severe and can last your entire life. Punishments and other negative consequences may include sex-offender registration and Internet posting; stigma and ostracism; supervised probation or parole; incarceration, including the possibility of life in prison; high costs and fees; loss of voting rights; civil institutional commitment; community supervision, electronic monitoring or home confinement; restriction on military service; limits on the right to own firearms; negative impact on employment; loss of parental and adoption rights; restitution; polygraphs; psychological or substance-abuse counseling or treatment; medical or genetic testing; placement in a community residence for sex offenders; and in some situations even the death penalty.

Given these possibilities, if you are facing sexual-offense charges, you need the aggressive defense that Criminal Defense Attorney William Butler will provide. Be proactive, for immediate assistance call him at 502-582-2020, or you may contact him via email to schedule your initial confidential consultation. William Butler has successfully defended thousands of clients, and has compiled an impressive record of positive results, he can help you too. Please see his Case Results and Testimonials.

DISCLAIMER: This site and any information contained herein are intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Seek competent legal counsel for advice on any legal matter.

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