Delaware County Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
Sex crimes are viewed as some of the worst offenses in society today. Because of this, a sex crime conviction can affect every area of your life. Even if you avoid incarceration, a conviction for a sex crime can hurt your personal relationships, your employability, and your living situation. Fortunately, an experienced Delaware sex crime defense lawyer can help you beat a charge.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, the team at Koffel | Brininger | Nesbitt can build a strong defense on your behalf and give you the best chances of avoiding a conviction. Our Delaware County criminal defense lawyers will work diligently for you. Contact us to schedule a free case review today. In our 30 years, we have 300 five-star reviews.
For a free legal consultation with a sex crimes lawyer serving Delaware County, call 614-675-4845
What Qualifies as a Sex Crime in Ohio?
Any offense that involves sexual conduct or any physical contact that is non-consensual or involves a minor. Some of the most common sex crimes in Ohio include:
- Sexual battery
- Public exposure
- Public indecency
- Sexual imposition
- Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor
- Disseminating or displaying matter harmful to juveniles
Whatever sex crime charge you face, our experienced team can help build a defense and potentially help you avoid a conviction. Since 1993, we have been the firm that other lawyers call.
Delaware County Sex Crimes Lawyer Near Me 614-675-4845
Potential Penalties If Convicted of a Sex Crime in Ohio
The penalties you will face if convicted of a sex crime vary depending on several factors, with the most significant being the specific criminal charge. Other things that must be considered include your past criminal history, the severity of the offense, and the discretion of the judge.
If convicted of a sex crime in Ohio, you will likely face:
- Mandatory registration on the state’s sex offender registry
The length of time you will spend behind bars, the amount of the fines, the probationary term, and the tier you will be on the sex offender registry will vary from case to case. In addition to these consequences, you could face further restrictions, including:
- A ban on contact with minors
- Restrictions on where you can work
- Restrictions on where you can live
- Mandatory sex offender treatment
Non-Criminal Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction
Beyond the criminal penalties you will face if convicted of a sex crime, there will likely also be consequences on your personal life. There is a strong social stigma surrounding registered sex offenders.
If forced to register as a sex offender, your relationships with your friends and loved ones could suffer. If you are a parent, you could lose custody of your children. Your children could also struggle socially as the parents of other children may feel uncomfortable about their kids playing with yours.
The details of your job or the location of your home may force you to find new work or a new place to live after you go on the sex offender registry. Obviously, this will have a significant impact on your life and personal relationships as well. Beating a conviction can be critical for avoiding these consequences. Reach out to us today. You’re one call away from feeling better.
Common Defenses Your Delaware County Sex Crime Defense Lawyer May Use in Your Case
When facing a sex crime charge in Delaware County, OH, there are a variety of defenses your lawyer may be able to use to help you avoid a conviction. Choosing the best defense for your case will depend on the exact charge you face and the specific details surrounding your case. Some of the most common defenses in these cases include:
- You have an alibi
- Mistaken identity
- Lack of sufficient evidence
- Consent was given
You Have an Alibi
One of the best ways to beat any criminal charge is with a solid alibi. If you have enough evidence that proves you were not at the location where the crime was committed when it was committed, it will be incredibly difficult for the prosecution to win their case. With a strong enough alibi, the prosecution is likely to drop the charges rather than take you to court.
A common problem in many sex crime cases is mistaken identity. When experiencing something traumatic like rape or sexual battery, a victim can lose track of some of the specific details and may get confused. They may mistake their attacker with someone else they saw around the time of the crime or someone with similar attributes.
Identifying the person who committed the crime or at least presenting other suspects can help with this defense.
Lack of Sufficient Evidence
The burden of proof lies with the prosecution. The prosecutor must be able to present enough evidence to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If they fail to do so, your lawyer will be able to argue that they have failed to meet the threshold of evidence necessary to convict you of the crime.
Consent Was Given
One of the biggest issues in many sex crimes is consent. If you performed a sexual act with another adult who consented at the time, you are not guilty of a sex crime. The other party may regret the sex act later, but if they gave their consent at the time, no crime was committed.
Consent, or lack thereof, is one of the hardest things to prove in a sex crime case. The good news for your defense is that because the prosecution has the burden of proof, they must be able to show that consent was not given.
When law enforcement takes action to encourage or induce someone into committing a crime, they otherwise would not have committed, this is known as entrapment. Entrapment is unlawful, and if your attorney can prove that you were the victim of entrapment, you will have a strong defense against any charge.
Having a strong defense is the best way to avoid a conviction. Securing the services of an experienced sex crime attorney serving Delaware County will highly improve your odds of beating the charges against you. At Koffel | Brininger | Nesbitt, we are the firm other law firms use and recommend.
Complete a Free Case Evaluation form now
Get Help From an Experienced Delaware County Sex Crime Defense Lawyer Today
Avoiding a conviction for a sex crime can be critical. The best way to improve your chances of beating a charge is to secure the services of an experienced lawyer. At Koffel | Brininger | Nesbitt, we have a long history of winning cases for our clients or at least securing favorable terms in plea bargaining.
Reach out to us today to schedule a free case review. You can reach us by phone or by filling out our contact form online. We are available seven days a week, 7 am to 10 pm.