Some people will say that being charged with a sex offense is worse than being charged with murder. These people are correct. While murder carries harsher sentencing penalties, the long-term effects of being convicted of a sex crime can last long after you have been released from prison. If you are convicted of a sex crime, you may be required to sell your home because of residency restrictions. You may be required to abandon your career because of employment restrictions. You may be required to stay away from your own family members if they are minor children. You may be required to miss key events in your children’s lives. You may be required to spend the rest of your life on the Indiana Sex Offender Registry.
The penalties involved in being charged with a sex offense can start before you are even convicted. Indiana law allows for prosecutors to inform your employers of the charges pending against you, officially to protect any children that you may come into contact with during your employment. The realistic effect of this notification is that it may cost you your job. If anyone outside of your family is aware of the charges, idle gossip may cause you to lose community support. People charged with sex offenses often feel like they’ve been convicted in the court of public opinion long before they have an opportunity to present their case in a court of law.
An immediate and complete investigation into the facts of your case is essential to preserve your defenses in a sex crimes case. Witnesses need to be interviewed while the facts are still fresh in their mind. DNA evidence, if there is any, needs to be examined to determine what it may or may not prove. The scene of the incident needs to be examined by your attorney to allow him to present a more accurate picture of what happened to the jury.
Some attorneys refuse to accept sex crime representations because these offenses are “too icky.” We believe that you are entitled to the best defense possible, especially when you are accused of serious crimes like sex offenses. If you or someone you know has been accused of a sex offense, call me immediately so that we can get to work on preserving your defenses and asserting your innocence.