If you have been accused of a sex crime, having a defense lawyer on your side can have a dramatic impact on how your case turns out. Even the accusation of a sex crime can cause your entire life to feel like it is in jeopardy. Some of the potential consequences for being convicted include being removed from your job, losing your driver's license, and losing your children's custody. The consequences of simply being accused can also be devastating and cause social isolation, shame and stigmatization.
A skilled criminal defense lawyer like Mark D. Kelly in St. Paul can help you navigate the complex legal system and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process. Having a lawyer on your side will give you peace of mind that every aspect of your case is being handled properly, from gathering evidence to negotiating with prosecutors for a favorable plea deal.
Sex crimes are criminal acts that are committed based on someone's gender and/or sexual orientation. Generally sex crimes involve illegal or coerced sexual conduct by one person towards another. There are many different types of sex crimes, including rape, sexual assault, human trafficking, and child molestation.
All of these types of sex crimes can be charged as felonies and lead to severe penalties if the perpetrator is convicted. Additional charges that are frequently added on to sex crime convictions include child enticement, promoting prostitution, and traveling to meet a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.
Penalties for sex crimes include fines, probation, and jail time just like any other felony or misdemeanor charge. Sex crimes are unique in that part of the penalty involves being listed on a sex-offender registry for years after the case has otherwise been resolved. This can limit where you are able to work and even live.
If you or a love one have been charged with or are under investigation for a sex crime, call Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney Mark D. Kelly. The sooner you contact me, the sooner we can start reviewing your case and building a comprehensive defense strategy.