Few crimes carry a greater stigma than sex offenses. Allegations of sexual assault or rape can follow you for life. The best thing you can do is turn to a Louisville sex crimes attorney for immediate legal advice. The attorneys at Suhre & Associates, LLC have more than 15 years of experience. Call today at (502) 371-7000.
You need to make sure that you aggressively defend and contest any sex crime charges that you face. We know that false accusations, tainted evidence, and biased testimony can lead to wrongful convictions. Don’t let that happen to you. Hire our experienced sex crime defense lawyers to fight on your behalf.
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What Is a Sex Crime?
Kentucky has several laws that prohibit harmful, aggressive, or non-consensual sex acts. An act may be considered a sex crime if your conduct involves:
- Sex organs, the anus, or female breasts, and
- An intent to sexually arouse, gratify, or abuse yourself or another person.
You don’t actually have to touch another person to commit a sex crime. It can be enough to expose or touch yourself in front of others to violate Kentucky’s sex crime laws. However, those crimes that do involve physical sexual contact with another person tend to be viewed as much more serious.
Sex Crimes Our Louisville Defense Attorneys Handle
When you’re accused of committing a sex offense in Louisville, you need to seek legal assistance immediately. The state will begin to investigate your alleged crime immediately. Hiring an attorney to represent you right away will help to protect your rights and level the playing field. At Suhre & Associates, our experienced criminal defense lawyers will defend you against all of your sex crime charges, including:
- Sexual assault
- Lewd conduct
- Internet luring
- Child abuse, and
Do not hesitate to call our Louisville law office if you’ve been arrested or believe that you are under investigation. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin to build a solid defense on your behalf.
Are All Sex Crimes Felonies in Kentucky?
A sex crime can be a misdemeanor or a felony in the state of Kentucky. The charge will typically depend on:
- Your criminal record
- History of sexual offenses
- Degree of harm sustained by the alleged victim
- Your intent
- Your age and the alleged victim’s age, and
- Other aggravating or mitigating factors.
Sex crimes carry some harsh criminal penalties, regardless of whether you’re convicted of a misdemeanor or felony offense. Your sentence can include time in jail or prison, steep fines, probation, and mandatory counseling or treatment.
Are you accused of committing a sex crime against a family member? You could face aggravated penalties for a crime of domestic violence. It’s important to let an experienced criminal defense lawyer handle your case.
Sex Crimes and the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry
If you’re convicted of a sex crime in Kentucky, you’ll probably have to register with the state as a sex offender. As a registered sex offender, the state can restrict where you live and where you can go.
Your name, personal information, and photo will also be published on a searchable internet database.
Anyone can search the registry for a specific person or inquire about registered sex offenders in a particular neighborhood. If you’ve been convicted of a sex crime, you’ll show up in these searches.
How Long Will I Have to Register as a Sex Offender?
The answer depends on your sex crime conviction. For most crimes, you’ll be required to register with the state for at least 20 years. If you’ve been convicted of a more serious crime, such as rape, or have multiple sex crime convictions, you’ll be required to register for life.
How Can I Defend Myself Against Sex Crime Charges?
Have you or someone you love been accused of a sex crime in Kentucky? Don’t panic. The state has to prove that you’re guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and you have certain protections under the law. You not only have the right to defend yourself, but also to have an attorney build and argue that defense on your behalf. A strong defense can be the difference between a conviction and walking away with your future intact.
At Suhre & Associates, our criminal attorneys will carefully investigate your alleged sex crime and determine which arguments may be best for your particular case. We’ll argue any defense that might be appropriate, including:
- False allegations
- Mistaken identity
- Lack of required criminal intent
- Chain of custody issues
- Unlawful arrest
- Illegal search or seizure, or
- Other violations of your Constitutional rights.
We’ll challenge the prosecution every step of the way. Our goal is to find evidence that supports your side of the story and undermines the state’s case against you. If we can get evidence thrown out of your case because it was obtained illegally, we will. Without evidence, the state won’t have enough to meet its burden of proof and get a conviction.
Understanding the Collateral Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction
Don’t underestimate the importance of a strong defense. You want to avoid a conviction at all costs. In addition to criminal penalties, you will also experience certain collateral consequences after a conviction. Collateral consequences are civil and social penalties that exist simply because you have a criminal record. Those penalties tend to be quite harsh when you’ve been convicted of a sex crime.
Collateral consequences of a Kentucky sex crime conviction can include:
- Job loss
- Inability to secure a job in certain fields (e.g., education, government)
- Loss of professional licenses
- Difficulty finding a place to live
- Adverse family decisions, including loss of child custody or visitation
- Loss of voting and gun rights
- Social ostracization
- Ineligible for government assistance, and more.
You’ll experience these consequences for years after you’ve been released from prison and satisfied your criminal sentence. It’s critical to do your best to avoid a conviction at all costs.
Call Our Louisville Sex Crime Lawyers for Help
Do not hesitate to contact the criminal defense attorneys at Suhre & Associates if you’ve been charged with a sex crime. For the past 15 years, we’ve successfully defended clients against serious criminal charges in Jefferson County and surrounding areas. We understand how important it is to clear your name and protect your future. We’ll do everything in our power to protect your rights. Call our Louisville, Kentucky law firm today to learn more.