A sex crimes conviction means mandatory lifetime registration as a sex offender. In addition to restrictions on living arrangements, jobs, education, and travel, being charged with a sex crime can result in a permanent change in how others perceive you. Most people consider convicted sex offenders to be dangerous and volatile individuals, making these crimes “character crimes.”
Of course, in addition to the collateral consequences that a sex crimes charge can have on your reputation, the usual penalties of a criminal conviction may also apply.These may include jail time, fines, community service, and more. In order to have the best chance of avoiding or mitigating these consequences, it is extremely important to obtain the services of a criminal defense attorney with experience in sex crimes as soon as you are charged.
Just because time is of the essence, however, does not mean that you should select just any attorney. You may have to work closely with your lawyer during the course of your case. As a result, the way your attorney treats you is also very important. Ideally, you want someone representing you who will treat you courteously and fairly throughout the process in addition to defending you industriously.
One of the reasons that developing a strong working relationship with your attorney is important is that it helps him craft the strongest defense possible. Sometimes your attorney may ask questions that don’t seem related to your case. However, there is always a reason such questions are asked. Help your attorney help you by answering your lawyer’s questions fully and completely, and by providing additional information when requested.
Our goal is to help you understand the options that are available to you. We encourage you to ask all the questions you need to in order to grasp what is happening and fully comprehend your defense strategy. Every sex crimes case is different, so there are no “stupid questions.” Additionally, the questions that you ask can also help your defense lawyer create the strongest possible defense for your individual situation.
We are prepared to assist individuals charged with sex crimes at both the misdemeanor and felony levels, including:
Sexual abuse of a child
And many more. Don’t procrastinate while the prosecution builds your case. Doing so only increases the risk of maximum consequences. If you have been charged with sex crimes in Tampa or anywhere in the Bay Area, contact our firm for a confidential consultation.