Indianapolis Sex Crimes Lawyer
Being accused of a sex crime is different from being accused of any other criminal offense. The mere allegation of a sex crime can cost you your job, your marriage, your reputation in the community, and your emotional stability. These crimes carry a heavy social stigma that is difficult to overcome and which influences every aspect of your case.
Sex crimes are handled differently by the state than any other type of crime. They are perceived as particularly offensive and thus prosecuted in an especially aggressive manner. Frequently, sex crimes carry heavy jail sentences and a conviction may result in mandatory registration as a sex offender. Because of the damage that a sex crime conviction can have on your life, it is vitally important to turn to a criminal defense attorney who has specific experience in defending these types of charges.
At Colasessano Law, you can work with a seasoned trial lawyer with a reputation for client-centered service and excellent legal ability. Our firm puts 30 years of experience in your corner and a dedication to helping you achieve the best possible outcome.
Get legal protection in the face of sexual misconduct charges. Talk to our Indianapolis sex crimes attorney in a free consultation by contacting us online or at (317) 203-8541.
Sex Crime Charges in Indiana
The majority of Indiana sex crimes are defined under Indiana Code 35-42-4.
Indiana sex offenses include such crimes as:
- Child molestation
- Child exploitation
- Possession of child pornography
- Vicarious sexual gratification; sexual conduct in the presence of a minor
- Child solicitation
- Child seduction
- Sexual battery
Most of these crimes are charged as felonies with enhanced penalties in cases where the alleged victim has suffered bodily harm, where weapons were used, or where the crime was committed against disabled individuals or individuals unconscious from having been given drugs. For example, rape is charged as a Level 3 felony except in aggravated cases where it is charged as a Level 1. Factors that “aggravate” rape include using deadly force or a weapon, seriously injuring the alleged victim, or using “date rape” drugs to accomplish the crime.
Sexual battery also involves the use of force or threat of force for sexual gratification. It is generally charged as a Level 6 felony. Where aggravated by the same factors as in rape, it is charged as a Level 4 felony.
Examples of the criminal penalties associated with the above offenses include fines of up to $10,000 for all felony levels, 20 to 40 years in prison for Level 1, three to 16 years in prison for Level 3, two to 12 years in prison for Level 4, and six months to two and a half years in prison for Level 6. Mandatory sex offender registration is required for those convicted of rape or sexual battery. Registration may be required for 10 years or for life, depending on the circumstances.
Prostitution/Solicitation in Indiana
If you are facing a misdemeanor charge related to prostitution or solicitation, you may think that your case is not all that serious and the expense of an attorney is not warranted. It is always important, however, to fully protect your rights.
Anyone charged with a crime should assume that the future is unknown. Fighting every criminal charge aggressively and getting the best possible result is necessary to limit your exposure to being tried as a repeat offender. People charged with a second count of solicitation or prostitution face much stiffer penalties, so fighting each charge is essential.
Put an Experienced Trial Lawyer in Your Corner
Because sex crimes generally carry heavy jail sentences, prosecutors often feel emboldened to take a tough approach to plea negotiations. As a result, this raises the chance that you will have to take your case to trial. At Colasessano Law, we prepare meticulously for the possibility of trial in every case. We believe strongly that our thorough trial preparation commonly results in better plea offers and better results when a trial becomes necessary. Working every angle of the case as experienced trial lawyers allows us to seek optimal results for all our clients.
If you have been arrested or believe you may be the subject of a criminal investigation, we urge you to contact us for a free, confidential consultation. Even if the evidence against you appears to be strong, you have rights that need to be protected and deserve a strong and committed defense.
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