Columbus Sex Crime Attorneys
Aggressive Defense for Accusations of Sex Offenses Across Ohio - Call (614) 675-4845!
Today's society is more aware than ever of acts of sexual misconduct due to increased publicity of some high-profile sex crimes. Every day, there seems to be another story of a boss, teacher, coach, or relative accused of having inappropriate sexual relations or engaging with sexual materials. But not every accusation is true.
If you've been accused of or arrested for a sex offense in Ohio, the cards are truly stacked against you. You may already be perceived as guilty in the eyes of friends, family, and the court of public opinion. Thankfully, the American justice system presumes all defendants are innocent until proven guilty, and the Columbus sex crime lawyers at Koffel Bringer Nesbitt will fight aggressively to protect that right!
Call our office at (614) 675-4845 to schedule a confidential consultation of your sex crime case.
Advantages of Choosing KBN Law Firm
Koffel Brininger Nesbitt and its team of attorneys have been nationally recognized by Best Lawyers of America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys; but more importantly, our firm has achieved incredible results for clients arrested for sex offenses.
"We represent sons and daughters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers. We represent people with a story to tell."Attorney Brad Koffel
Child Molestation: Not Guilty Verdict
Our client was the subject of a 3-year investigation involving the alleged molestation of a young girl in the early 2000s. The case proceeded to a jury trial. We retained one of the world’s leading experts in false memory. The prosecution called an expert psychologist on grooming and delayed disclosures. The defendant did not testify. The jury returned a Not Guilty verdict on all counts in less than one hour. (State of Ohio vs. G.A., 2020)
Possession of Child Pornography: Case Dismissed
Mr. Koffel’s client was investigated on the suspicion of possession of child pornography and voyeurism. He was terminated immediately by his department before the investigation could be concluded. After a 6 month investigation, it was determined that the images possessed by the client were not illegal nor was there corroborating evidence that he’d committed the crime of voyeurism. Case closed with no criminal charges.
Title IX Accusation: Acquitted
A football player at Ohio University was recently charged with sexual assault, and after a lengthy Title IX hearing was acquitted of all charges.
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Ohio Sex Offender Registration
When an individual is convicted of a sex-related offense in Ohio, or pleads guilty to a sexually oriented offense and/or a child victim offense, he or she must register as a sex offender and notification ("SORN") under the new Adam Walsh Act ("AWA").
There are three tiers of sex offender registration:
- Tier I (a period of 15 years with in-person verification annually)
- Tier II (a period of 25 years with in-person verification every 180 days)
- Tier III (lifetime registration with in-person verification every 90 days).
Registering As a Sex Offender Will Have a Severe Impact on Your Life
Offenders must register with the sheriff of the county in which the offender resides within 3 days of coming into the county or if the offender will be domiciled there more than 3 days. This rule also applies to counties in which an offender will be going to school and/or working. If an offender is going to leave the county for 7 days or more, the offender must register the temporary lodging information with the sheriff.
Employment and/or school changes must be given to the sheriff at least 20 days before the change but no later than 3 days after the change. All vehicle information must be current as well as internet email addresses, internet identifiers, and telephone numbers.
Don't risk your quality of life over a sex crime allegation. Secure aggressive, award-willing criminal defense by contacting a Columbus sex crime attorney from Koffel Brininger Nesbitt.
Brad Koffel Discusses Sexual Battery on 610 WTVN
Columbus Criminal Defense Attorney and Legal Analyst Brad Koffel recently appeared on 610 WTVN radio to discuss recent high profile sexual crime cases in Ohio. This includes a case out of Athens County involving a priest who was convicted of sexual battery after impregnating a minor, and a Southwestern school teacher who pled guilty to pandering.
Attorney Koffel goes on to discuss sexual battery charges involving individuals in positions of power who use that authority to engage in sexual conduct with those under their supervision or control, pandering offenses, and the harsh penalties that accompany sex offenses. Listen to the full show here:
Frequently Asked Questions About Sex Crime in Columbus
If you have any questions about your case, check out the Q & A below to see if it has already been answered. Be sure to speak with a professional attorney for further answers!
What does tier 1 sex offender mean?
Registration as a sex offender is based on different categories, or tiers. Tier 1 offender refers to those who have been convicted of Tier 1 offenses. This tier is the lowest level and involves individuals who have served a year or less in jail. Some examples would include the possession of child pornography or sexual assault against an adult that was not a completed act.
I have been charged with statutory rape, but what if we were both drunk at the time?
Under the Ohio sex crime laws, if an individual knows that another person is incapacitated but continues to go through with intercourse, it is classified as rape. Because of the nature of the case, it is difficult to pinpoint consent.
Can I be legally charged with rape if the alleged victim is my spouse?
The state of Ohio handles cases involving marital rape different than most of the country. Although it is illegal in the United States, a broader range of defenses are available in some states, including Ohio. State legislatures, however, are working hard to get this changed so that less defense options will be available.
What does pandering sexually-oriented material mean?
Pandering sexually-oriented material or pandering obscenity refers to instances when an individual allegedly creates, reproduces, publishes, buys, sells, or distributes obscene material. It is one of the sex crimes in Ohio that can result in a felony of the fifth degree. If convicted, the individual would be required to register as a Tier I sex offender.
When your future is on the line for a sex offense, you need a dedicated legal advocate who will aggressively defend your rights. Call our Columbus sex crime attorneys at (614) 675-4845 to set up a confidential consultation with our firm.