The Harsh Reality Of Sex Crime Charges
If you have been charged with a sex crime, it is important to contact an attorney before you speak with the police. Simply being accused of a sex crime can have a huge impact on your life. Although the law says that you are innocent until found guilty, in the court of public opinion, people accused of sex crimes are often assumed to be guilty before any details of the alleged crime are known. Talking with a lawyer first is not an admission of guilt but a wise choice to protect your rights and your reputation.
A sex crime conviction means you will be required to register as a sex offender and be subject to restrictions on where you can live and the types of jobs you can do. At Ernst & Associates, LLC, we have represented people accused of sex crimes for decades and we understand what is at stake. We fight to get charges reduced or dismissed altogether. Before speaking with the police, discuss your options with our firm in order to make sure you are protecting your rights.
Sexual Battery Charges In Ohio
Broadly speaking, sexual battery charges involve unwanted touching or other sexual actions. While the most severe form of this crime is rape, charges of sexual battery are usually filed in the following circumstances:
- The alleged victim is a minor
- The offender is the victim’s parent or guardian
- The offender is a teacher, coach or another school authority
- The alleged victim was tricked into believing the offender was their spouse
- The alleged victim was knowingly compelled to submit
- The alleged victim was inebriated or otherwise impaired
Like other sex crimes, the penalties are dependent upon the severity of the alleged crime and the circumstances surrounding it. However, a conviction at any level will result in time behind bars and registering as a sex offender.
Being Charged With Rape
Rape is a first-degree felony in Ohio. A conviction will result in a sentence of at least three to five years in prison for first-time offenders. Those convicted of rape will also face fines and be subject to post-release monitoring. We work hard to challenge the narrative against you and fight to get charges reduced or dismissed. Acting quickly is critical to building a strong defense. If you have been charged with rape, you should contact us immediately.
Gross Sexual Imposition Charges
Gross sexual imposition is the act of using force, the threat of force, or alcohol or drugs to reduce the control or judgment of another person as a means of engaging in a sexual act. Sexual interactions with a person under the age of 13 are also considered gross sexual imposition. Gross sexual imposition is a felony, and a conviction carries severe penalties, including a fine, time behind bars and registering as a sex offender. Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible is critical to building a strong defense, so contact us now.