Crimes of a sexual nature present a complex problem for the legal system. Not only are sex crimes a danger to the public, they are sometimes difficult to prosecute. Some victims of sex crimes may be too afraid to come forward and report that they have been victimized. In an effort to punish sex crimes and prevent them from happening again, courts issue stern and unique penalties for these crimes.
Sex Crimes Charges
There are many different types of sex crimes. They range in severity from relatively minor to extremely serious, with a range of punishments that reflect the perceived seriousness of each offense. In general, sex crimes that have a high potential to harm other people are punished more harshly than crimes that pose a less serious threat. Some examples of sex crimes:
- Public Lewdness/Indecent Exposure
- Solicitation of Prostitution
- Sexual Assault
- Improper Photography or Videorecording
There are many more types of sex crimes but this brief list is a representation of the variety of actions that can be prosecuted as sexual offenses.
Legal Options for Sex Crimes Charges
Even though a person charged with a sex crime is considered innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law, just an accusation of sexual misconduct is enough to permanently damage someone’s reputation, career and future. Hiring an attorney is an important step to make sure that an accused person’s rights are protected.
For example, a defense attorney can work to make sure that all evidence against the defendant was obtained legally under proper authority. If evidence was collected illegally or if witness testimony was manipulated, a defense attorney can file a motion to suppress that evidence so that it cannot be used in court.
Defense attorneys can investigate witnesses for any signs of misconduct. Some witnesses might have been misled by investigators to provide incriminating testimony or they might have been pressured to answer questions in a certain way. If this is the case, a defense attorney can bring the improperly gathered testimony to the court’s attention so that the judge can decide whether to allow the evidence.