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An accusation of a sex crime is one of the most damaging allegations that an individual can face. Even if you are entirely innocent, you may have difficulty proving your innocence and shaking off the stigma that this accusation brings. For this reason, it is crucial that you have an experienced sex crimes defense attorney on your side.
If you or a loved one are arrested or if you believe that you could be investigated for an alleged sex-related crime in Ohio, it will be in your best interest to not say anything to authorities. Even if you are innocent of any wrongdoing, anything you say could be used against you later on and could lead to a criminal conviction. Any and all authorities will investigate the alleged crimes and will often seek to gather damaging statements from individuals that prosecutors can use to obtain convictions. These statements are used to send people to prison and force them to hefty fines.
The Law Office of Brian Jones serves alleged offenders in communities throughout Delaware County, Union County, Franklin County, Madison County, Licking County, Marion County, Morrow County, Knox County, Crawford County, Wyandot County, Fairfield County, and Richland County. In which we provide holistic defense strategies against all kinds of sexual offense charges for clients.
Brian Jones knows what its like to be falsely accused of a crime. Along with the fact that he is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Delaware, Ohio who shows genuine concern for his clients and applies his expertise to fight for his clients’ freedoms. He understands the price that criminal allegations pose on people and how being accused of a sex crime can impact the relationships they have with family, friends, and employers. (To learn more about Brian click Here… “please link Brian’s page to this”)
Sex crime` to being listed on the sex offender registration, and many other possible consequences. Being listed on the sex offender registration would prevent a convicted sex offender from living, working, or traveling near schools, parks, and other locations where children normally are. Making the offender’s life extremely difficult to complete basic tasks.
Sex Crime Penalties: Most sex crimes are felony offenses, with the potential of up to $25,000 in fines and a prison sentence of as long as 11 years, however it is possible to face a sentence that is a virtual life sentence. Aggravated charges usually lead to longer prison sentences. Do not hesitate to retain an attorney if you have been charged or accused with a sex crime of any kind.
If someone accuses you of sexual assault or some other sex crime, your reputation and future are on the line. Without legal counsel, you could severely damage your case and hurt your chances to obtain justice. Our attorneys have extensive criminal defense experience and know how to investigate the charges that you face. We will build a strong defense that represents your side of the story in court and ensures that your rights are protected.
We defend clients who are charged with many types of federal and state level sex crimes, including those related to (Chapter 2907: SEX OFFENSES, Chapter 2950: SEXUAL PREDATORS, HABITUAL SEX OFFENDERS, SEXUALLY ORIENTED OFFENDERS):
We fight to keep our clients’ names off the sex offender registry. Registration as a sex offender can limit where you can live and may impact your civil rights. Our lawyers will work to minimize or eliminate the potential of registering as a sex offender.
Criminal offenses that are considered sex crimes are listed under Chapter 2907 of the Ohio Revised Code.
It is a common misconception to believe that sex crimes are usually committed by complete strangers. Alleged offenders in sex cases are typically people that the alleged victims knew personally, such as friends, family, or co-workers. Individuals who are convicted of sex offenses often face severe penalties that not only include lengthy terms of incarceration and substantial fines, but also possible requirements to register as sex offenders for several years—or possibly life.
Chapter 2907: Sex Offenses | Ohio Revised Code — View the full text of all Ohio statutes relating to sex crimes. The Ohio General Assembly enacts legislation that is published in the Laws of Ohio and codified in the Ohio Revised Code. The nearly 50 statutes contained in this chapter can also be viewed individually by clicking on the specific crime on the right side of the screen.
Ohio Revised Code § 2907.01(A) defines sexual conduct as “vaginal intercourse between a male and female; anal intercourse, fellatio, and cunnilingus between persons regardless of sex; and, without privilege to do so, the insertion, however slight, of any part of the body or any instrument, apparatus, or other object into the vaginal or anal opening of another. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete vaginal or anal intercourse.”
Under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.01(B), sexual contact is defined as “any touching of an erogenous zone of another, including without limitation the thigh, genitals, buttock, pubic region, or, if the person is a female, a breast, for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying either person.” Sexual activity is defined under Under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.01(C) as sexual conduct or sexual contact, or both.
When you or a loved one is under investigation or has been arrested for any kind of alleged sex crime in Ohio, that individual may be able to use any one of a number of defenses to possibly have the alleged criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Your case will have specific details and each defense can differ, but some of the most common defenses in sex crime cases include:
After the accuser has reported an alleged sex crime, law enforcement will attempt to collect any evidence from the scene of the alleged crime and make an effort to speak to the accused. Alleged accusers may submit to rape kit examinations which allow medical professionals to collect forensic evidence.
When police do speak to the accused, they will try to conduct an interrogation which may include the possible use of a polygraph (lie detector) test. Anybody who is being investigated for any kind of alleged sex crime should not make any statement to law enforcement without an attorney who can fight for your rights.
Prosecutors and the State have the burden of proof. Which means they need to prove the guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict the alleged offenders of sex crimes. In order to accomplish this, a prosecutor will often present various forms of physical evidence that a sex crime was committed.
The most common type of evidence in most sex crime cases is the testimony of the alleged accuser, but law enforcement will typically seek any kind of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) evidence. Other evidence may include photographs of injuries or witness statements.
After the accused has been arrested for an alleged sex crime, they may have to make multiple court appearances. Some of the steps in these cases generally include:
Even if the accused is not charged with a sex crime, an accuser can still seek a protection order against that person by filing a petition for a Sexually Oriented Offense Protection Order (SOOPO). The SOOPO process is similar to the procedure involved in many domestic violence civil protection orders, but there are some differences.
The general division of the Common Pleas Court in which the alleged victim lives handles SOOPO petitions as opposed to the court’s domestic relations division, and SOOPOs cannot make any rulings on child custody or order the accused to pay spousal or child support. A SOOPO can still impose several different restrictions on the accused that limit their contact or the distance at which they can be within the vicinity of the accuser.
Alleged offenders accused of child pornography offenses in Ohio can face state or federal charges. Prosecutors frequently seek maximum punishments for these crimes, making it critical for any person accused of one of these crimes to immediately seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
In the state of Ohio, being convicted of any criminal offense carries many other penalties beyond just possible incarceration and fines. People who are convicted of a sex crime not only might have to register as a sex offender, but depending on the severity of the criminal offenses, they may also lose public housing benefits, their rights to possess firearms, and the ability to serve on a jury or hold public office.
Sex crime convictions can also make individuals ineligible for certain kinds of employment and lead to some people having professional licenses revoked.
When the accuser of an alleged sexual offense is a minor, prosecutors will aggressively pursue maximum sentences. The possible penalties for a conviction can also be enhanced, depending on the specific crime that an individual has been accused of.
Law enforcement agencies and prosecutor offices in Ohio often have specialized units that are dedicated specifically to investigating cases of a sex crime. The units often assist in collecting evidence and helping prosecutors obtain convictions.
In Ohio, the length of an offender’s registration requirement is directly correlated to the offender’s classification. Generally:
In Ohio, if the underlying offense is a felony, an offender’s failure to register is a felony of the fifth degree; otherwise, the failure to register is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
For more information regarding sex offender registration guidelines, requirements and crimes click HERE.
The Law Office of Brian Jones often takes cases that have been turned down by other firms. At times our colleagues refer a sex crime case to us based on the experience we have in this area of the law. With our firm on the case we fully intend to defend your rights as we’d want ours defended.
Time is one of the most important pieces for the defense in your case, contact our firm immediately so we can start investigating the facts of your case and create a proper defense plan. Do not wait, fill out our firm’s online contact form today to submit your information to us.
At The Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC, we fight for people in central Ohio who are charged with state and federal sex crimes. Our Delaware attorneys will thoroughly investigate the charges that you face and work to clear your name. You can schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable lawyer at our firm by calling 740-363-3900.
Our team of criminal defense attorneys know how to fight your sex crime charges aggressively. They will do everything they can to get the best possible outcome for your case. The sooner you start building a defense against your sex crime charges, the better.
Brian Glen Jones graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelors Degree in Politics and Government. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Akron School Of Law. Brian has been a lifelong resident of Ohio. Brian is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio and before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.
Calling a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer before speaking to law enforcement is the best way to protect your future. Our attorneys will work to minimize or eliminate the possibility of jail time, a prison sentence, probation, hefty fines and a permanent criminal record. Call us now at 740-363-3900 to schedule your appointment with one of the firm’s knowledgeable attorneys.
Our team of criminal defense attorneys know how to fight your charges aggressively. They will do everything they can to get the best possible outcome for your case. The sooner you start building a defense against your charges, the better.
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