Many states have recently amended their statutory rape laws, raising the age of consent, imposing age gap provisions, adding impregnation as a separate offense, targeting older defendants, and adding civil penalties and mandatory minimum sentences. If you are accused of statutory rape, contact a criminal defense attorney who specializes in the area as soon as possible.
Being accused of a sex offense is a frightening and isolating experience. However, you are not alone. Defense Lawyer William M. Butler, Jr. has had great success ending cases before they even get started. For over 35 years, he has attended interviews with clients and worked with prosecutors in many cases, sometimes resulting in the best possible outcome for the client: no charges filed. In addition, he has tried many jury cases to verdict. He has assisted countless people in your circumstances, and he can help you. Be proactive, for more information, call 502-582-2020, or contact William M. Butler via email to schedule your initial confidential consultation. For more information, please see his Case Results and Testimonials.
Sex Offenses – An Overview
Sex offenses include a countless number 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. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible allows the evidence to be evaluated and witnesses to be questioned soon after the event.
Rape, Sexual Assault, Date Rape and Statutory Rape
Unwanted sex acts are generally regarded as rape. However, these criminal offenses are also commonly referred to as “sexual abuse” or “sexual assault.” A wide range of activities may be included under these definitions. Statutory rape, for instance, is sexual activity with a person under the legal age of consent. Date rape is a nonlegal term for forcible sexual activity between people who know one another which occurs during a social engagement. Regardless of the circumstances, there are serious penalties for individuals found guilty of these sex crimes.
Victimless Sex Offenses
A victimless crime, sometimes termed a consensual crime, a crime without victims or a complainantless crime is a “crime that is considered to have no direct victim, usually because only consenting adults are involved.” Black’s Law Dictionary. State laws regarding victimless sex offenses vary greatly, but state statutes typically address victimless sex offenses such as prostitution, pandering, solicitation, indecent exposure and illegal possession of pornography. The penalties for victimless sex offenses, such as solicitation of a minor or child pornography, are severe; often involving felony convictions, jail or prison time, sexual offender treatment programs and lifetime registration as a sexual offender. For other offenses such as indecent exposure, the penalties are generally less severe; they range from fines and community service to felony charges and incarceration.
Sex Offender Registry
All states require sex offender registration of some kind. Individuals convicted as sex offenders must register their addresses with law enforcement. Sex offenders must also send updates whenever they change addresses and must keep their registration information current. Some states require sex offenders to verify information on a yearly basis via mail or more frequently if deemed violent predators. States have different requirements regarding what offenses require registration and for what periods of time. Additionally, some offenses that are more serious may require registration for life. Serious crimes vary by state, but most commonly include repeat offenders, violent sexual offenders and those who commit sexual crimes against children.
False allegations may occur, most often in child sex-abuse situations. An adult may have influenced a child’s allegation or the child may have based his or her accusation on an overactive imagination. Public awareness of child abuse has increased and more reports of possible abuse are being made, but not all reports are substantiated. Also, even good-faith accusations may not be true and false allegations may be made to harm the accused.
Sex Offenses Resource Links
Online source for crime prevention and personal protection information.
The Sentencing Project
National leader in the development of alternative sentencing programs and in research and advocacy on criminal justice policy.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)
Education program with an anti-drug, anti-violence message.
Futures Without Violence
Working to prevent violence within the home and in the community.
CDC: Division of Violence Prevention
Resources dedicated to prevention of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual crime and youth violence.
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Working to establish complete and valuable information to impact violence-related policies, programs and practices.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Federal clearinghouse and resource center administered by an arm of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)
Coalition of over 300 organizations dedicated to preventing crime.
National Legal Aid and Defenders Association (NLADA)
Association devoted to quality legal assistance for low-income individuals accused of crimes.
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Being convicted of a Sex Offense Crime has serious and long-term consequences. Be protactive, for immediate assistance, call William M. Butler, Jr. at 502-582-2020 or contact him to schedule your initial confidential consultation. He has practiced Criminal Defense for over 35 years and has defended thousands of clients with positive results. For more information, please see his Case Results and Testimonials.