There are a variety of different laws associated with sex crimes. Sex crimes can range from unwanted sexual touch or battery to rape or exploitation of a minor. Since these crimes are considered especially egregious, if convicted, it’s possible to face years, decades or even life in prison. Additionally, this type of criminal record essentially follows you for life. Registering as a sex offender can have a serious negative impact on your ability to rent a home, get a job or participate in a wide variety of everyday activities that you might have taken for granted before the arrest. If you’re facing any type of charge related to a sex crime, it’s essential to get in touch with an experienced and proven criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your case.
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A Variety of Charges Associated With Sex Crimes
The term ‘sex crimes’ covers a plethora of different charges and crimes. Although we typically think of rape as being the most common sex crime, there are so many more. Any type of sexual battery is considered a sex crime. Exploitation of a minor or any charges associated with child pornography also fall under the umbrella of sex crime. Statutory rape is also considered a sex crime and can land you behind bars. It’s important to note that one doesn’t actually have to have traditional “sexual penetration” in order to be charged or convicted with a sex crime. Listed below are some common charges associated with sex crimes.
Common Sex Crimes
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Statutory rape
- Attempted rape
- Date rape
- Solicitation of minors
- Unwanted sexual touch
- Indecent exposure
- Child molestation
- Exploitation of a minor
- Child pornography
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Victims of Sex Crimes
It’s also important to understand that certain victim statuses can mean automatic charges if sexual conduct occurs between two people. Sexual contact with a person who has diminished mental capacity can be considered sexual battery, or in some cases rape. In a person is physically helpless, that’s also a sex crime. A physically helpless person might be unconscious or passed out, making them unable to give consent to the sexual contact. People who are vulnerable, like the elderly or people in some type of full-care facility, can also be considered victims without the ability to consent in certain situations. Obviously, any child under the age of 18 is unable to give consent. In cases where people are accused of victimizing special victims from positions of trust, care or authority, penalties and charges might be especially severe.
Sex Crimes and Minors
Sex with a minor or any kind of sexual battery or conduct with a child is considered a sex crime in the State of Mississippi. When children are involved, you can expect to see additional charges and increased penalties. Fewer crimes are taken more seriously than those involving the exploitation of minors. These crimes can also include anybody having to do with child pornography. Whether you were involved in procurement or filming or simply are in possession of the pornography, penalties associated with these charges can land you behind bars for years, decades or longer.
Stigma Associated With Sex Crimes Conviction
It’s not just the prison sentence that is most frightening for those facing potential sex crimes convictions. One of the worst things about being convicted of a sex crime is the lifelong stigma associated with such a crime. Having to register as a sex offender is a humiliating and haunting reminder of a past you’re likely trying to forget. Moving on with your life after paying your debt to society can be downright difficult to nearly impossible when you have to register as a sex offender everywhere you go. People automatically have a preconceived notion that you’re a predator, regardless of your rehabilitation or repayment to society. The best way to deal with a sex crime charge is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after an arrest.
Jackson Sex Crimes Lawyer
After any kind of arrest involving a sex crime, it’s essential to get in touch with your lawyer as soon as possible. Exercise your right to remain silent and politely ask to speak with your lawyer. Don’t fall into the false mindset of wanting to speak with investigators to avoid looking guilty. Always ask to speak with your lawyer first. There is absolutely nothing wrong with speaking with a lawyer. It doesn’t make you look guilty, and it’s your right. If you have been arrested and charged with rape, sexual batter, exploitation of a minor or any type of sex crime in Jackson or in any of the surrounding Metro Areas, contact the skilled and proven Criminal Defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for an immediate case consultation.