A conviction for a sex crime comes with severe and serious penalties, according to Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys. Not only could you face jail time and high monetary penalties, a conviction could require you to be placed on the sex offender registry for the rest of your life. Even if you move to a new area to start fresh, you will be required to notify local police who may then be required to notify you neighbors. If you are involved in a sex crime investigation or believe you will be investigated for a sex crime in the very near future, you do have legal rights.
Types of Sex Crimes
Sex crimes vary widely and can include everything from lewdness to pandering to sex trafficking. Some of the most commonly charged sex offenses in Las Vegas include:
- Child molestation
- Child pornography
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Indecent exposure
- Internet sex crimes
- Lewd behavior with a minor
- Open and gross lewdness
- Sex trafficking
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Solicitation in a hotel or casino
- Solicitation over the internet
- Statutory rape
According to Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers, people charged with sex crimes often face an uphill battle, despite the fact that the law still says you are innocent until proven guilty. Accusations of a sex crime, however, can ruin your reputation beyond repair, even if they are proven false. People who have been charged and then acquitted of sex crimes say that even law enforcement believe they are guilty even after the acquittal.
No Witnesses Make Defense Difficult
One of the hardest parts about defending someone against an alleged sex crime is that they often occur behind closed doors with just the person who is charged and the person who is accusing them of the crime as witnesses. Without outside witnesses to either corroborate or refute the victim’s story, the courts often side with the accuser rather than the accused. However, an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney will investigate the alleged incident and provide your side of the events to the court. It is possible that there is insufficient evidence to convict you or that there was no criminal intent. For example, if you asked a woman to your hotel room while visiting a casino, you may have had no idea she was a prostitute. It is also possible the accusations are false and created as a way to either punish you or extort money from you.
If you are involved in a sex crime investigation, or suspect you may be investigated soon, contact Brian J. Smith today to learn what rights you may have. You can reach us by calling 702-380-8248 or visiting us online.