Ohio Sexual Crimes | Lawsuit, Lawyer, Attorney
Sex crime charges can leave the accused feeling incredibly ashamed, confused and possibly frightened. This is particularly evident considering that sex crime convictions can carry a lifelong, haunting stigma – in addition to lengthy prison terms, crippling fines, loss of employment, strained family ties and potentially limited contact with the convict’s own children. The Ohio sex crime defense attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC are highly aware of the sensitive and grave nature of these charges, and we firmly believe in providing those accused of sex crimes with the strongest possible defense.
Our Ohio sex crime defense lawyers know that the false allegations, exaggerated testimony and possibly poor judgment of others can lead to unfair charges of sex crimes, and we will do whatever it takes to ensure that our clients’ rights and interests are fully protected at every stage in the legal process. We strongly encourage those facing sex crime charges to consult with our skilled and compassionate Ohio criminal defense lawyers to ensure they have the representation they need to help resolve their case in the most favorable manner possible.
Ohio Sex Crime Laws
Ohio sex crime laws define and govern a range of sex-related crimes, from lewd public behavior and voyeurism to the most forcible acts of rape against adults and minors alike. When a person is accused of a sex crime, the nature of the charges against him will depend on a number of different factors, some of which include the degree to which another person was harmed as a result of the act, whether the accused is considered to be a repeat offender (or has a criminal record) and whether violence or the threat of violence played a role in the alleged sex crime. Some of the charges that our Ohio sex crime attorneys have been successful at defending our clients against include (but are not limited to):
- Rape, the act of forcing another person through violence, threat of force, deception or physically impairing them (e.g., through use of drugs) to engage in sex acts without their consent
- Illegal sexual conduct with a minor, the act of a person who is 18 or older engaging in sexual conduct or activities with a child between 13 and 16 years old
- Child pornography, sexually explicit and suggestive images or videos of children
- Child molestation, the sexual abuse or sexual battery of a child
- Solicitation and prostitution, the act of seeking or selling sex for money or other goods of value (respectively)
- Internet sex crimes, which broadly refers to the use of the computer and Internet during the commission of a sex crime and typically involves faking an identity to sexually victimize others, particularly children
- Lewd and lascivious acts, which are behaviors and actions considered to be sexually obscene, indecent and/or filthy.
Many of these charges are considered to be felonies, the worst of which are first degree felonies that can carry prison terms of up to 10 years and fines up to $20,000. Additionally, once a convict has served his prison sentence, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 requires that the convict register with the sheriff of the county (or counties) in which he resides, works and/or goes to school. If the convicted sex offender later moves, changes jobs or enrolls in a different school in other counties, he is legally required to register with the sheriffs of these counties also. The Adam Walsh Act classifies convicted sex offenders according to three tiers, with the worst offenders being classified as “Tier III Offenders.”
Clearly, the legalities associated with sex crime charges are highly complex, and the possible punishments upon conviction can be incredibly harsh and damaging. However, the Ohio sex crime defense lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC want the accused to know that we are here for them and that we will fervently protect their rights and interests to help them obtain the best possible resolutions to their cases.
Ohio Sex Crime Defense Attorneys
As part of our innovative and masterful defense strategies, the Ohio sex crime defense lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC will interview all witnesses involved, meticulously examine police reports and medical records and, when necessary, secure expert witnesses to testify on behalf of the defense. Some of the sex crime defense strategies that we have successfully used for our former clients have included arguments that:
- The sexual activity between the adults was, in fact, consensual.
- The statute of limitations for filing the sex crime charges has expired.
- Illegal search and seizure was committed by the authorities in the attempt to find allegedly illicit sexual images or materials.
- Entrapment played a role in the alleged sex crime and resulting arrest.
If you or a loved one is facing sex crime charges, contact the Ohio sex crime defense attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC today so that we can immediately start building you the most powerful possible defense. Call today for a FREE consultation and receive experienced advice from an Ohio sex crime defense lawyer at Wright & Schulte LLC. Please fill out the online form at the right-hand side of this page or call us at (937) 435-9999.