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The Consequence of being Convicted of a Sex Crime

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

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The Megan’s Law, which the U.S. Congress passed in 1996, was a response to the sexual crime committed against seven-year-old girl Megan Kanka who was raped and killed by her neighbor Jesse Timmendequas in 1994. Megan’s Law, which is a federal mandate, is a law that requires law enforcement agencies to make available to the public any relevant information about sex offenders visiting, living and working in their communities; information, which includes offenders’ name, photo, residential address, nature of crime and incarceration date may be posted in free public websites or published in newspapers and pamphlets. Sexual offenders, especially those whose victims are children, are also required by the law to notify local law enforcement authorities for up to 10 years or permanently about changes in their address or employment after their release from custody. In many states, failure to make this notification is considered a felony.

Sex crimes, especially those committed against children, are serious offenses. Anyone who will be convicted of this crime will not just face harsh punishments but can have a ruined future since a conviction can affect a person’s career and community life.

The most common reported types of sex-related crimes include;

  •  Statutory rape,, which refers to an adult engaging in sex with a minor who is under the age of consent;
  • Child molestation or indecency with a child;
  •  Aggravated sexual assault;
  •  Internet sex crime;
  •  Sexual assault of a child;
  •  Solicitation;and,
  •  Possession and distribution of child pornography.

In 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Criminal Victimization Survey was able to register 346,830 cases of rape or sexual assault on persons aged 12 or older.

Sex crimes, however, are not immediately reported by victims, either due to threats made by abusers or fear of negative reactions from people around them. Offenders, by the way, are often people known to victims, like a babysitter, a neighbor, a family friend or a child-care provider.

The U.S. justice system is clearly bent on punishing sex offenders harshly due to the serious harm they inflict against their victims. However, while many of those who get convicted are really guilty, many are also accused and made to suffer despite being innocent of the said crime.

As explained by the Westchester Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., a charge as serious as a sex crime requires only the best defense from a determined criminal defense lawyer due to the irreparable consequences of being labeled a sex offender. Only the best defense can set a difference between a conviction and an acquittal.

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