Columbus Sex Crime Lawyer
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! Read more in Attorney Brad Koffel's recent presentation.
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 defense attorneys have been nationally recognized by Best Lawyers of America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Still, more importantly, our firm has achieved incredible results for clients arrested for sex offenses.
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 in less than one hour on all counts. (State of Ohio vs. G.A., 2020)
Possession of Child Pornography: Case Dismissed
Mr. Koffel’s client was investigated on suspicion of possession of child pornography and voyeurism. He was terminated immediately by his department before the investigation could be concluded. After a six-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 acquitted of all charges after a lengthy Title IX hearing.
Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction
Ohio lawmakers have made the penalties for sex crimes extremely harsh; if you are convicted, you could spend years in state prison as part of the punishment and be required to register as a sex offender. It is crucial that you contact KBN immediately if you are facing sex crime charges.
Fines & Jail time
First-degree felony sex charges can result in up to 10 years in prison and hefty fines of up to $20,000. For sexual crimes that include weapons, the penalties are increased, as well as in cases in which the individual has a prior criminal record.
Sex Offender Registration in Ohio
When an individual is convicted of a sex-related offense in Ohio or pleads guilty to a sexually oriented 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 (15 years with in-person verification annually)
- Tier II (25 years with in-person verification every 180 days)
- Tier III (lifetime registration with in-person verification every 90 days).
Loss of Job & Social Standing
In addition to the criminal penalties of a sex crime conviction, you may face other collateral consequences related to your employment and social life. Registering as a sex offender will limit where you can live and work and may prevent you from continuing in your current job field. On top of that, you will likely face social stigma for your conviction, especially if the offense involves a minor.