South Carolina Sex Crimes FAQ
Lexington Criminal Defense Lawyer
Have you been arrested and charged with a
sex crime? There are many different charges that you could face depending on the
age of the alleged victim, your age, various circumstances of your case,
and the actual offense you have been accused of, as well as your criminal
background. Due to the vast variety of offenses, and the many severe penalties
that you could face for conviction, it is crucial for you to seek legal
assistance on your side to help you defend your rights in court, and ensure
that you are not wrongfully convicted of a crime that you did not commit.
Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, we are intent on defending the rights of the criminally accused residents
of Lexington, SC, and when you choose a Lexington
criminal attorney from our firm, you will receive the one-on-one service that you
deserve. We have the experience, we have the skill, and we have the drive
that you need on your side. It is important for you to understand the
charges that you face, utilize the information provided from our frequently
asked questions, and seek the assistance of a representative from our
firm for more specific answers regarding your case.
What is a registrable offense?
Essentially, every sex offense that you could be charged with will require
you to register as a sex offender. If you are charged with the crime of
rape, the crime of statutory rape, or even indecent exposure or public
indecency, you could be convicted and face serious penalties including
sex offender registration.
What is sex offender registration?
Sex offender registration is a program that is designed to warn the general
public of dangerous persons in an area. This record will provide your
information publicly. While there are laws against harassment and mistreatment
of sex offenders, there is still a significant social stigma that comes
with this registration, and you could be denied various benefits such
as employment that require a background check.
What if my alleged rape or statutory rape was consensual?
Sadly, there are many cases where an angry ex-boyfriend or girlfriend
will claim that you raped them out of an act of retaliation. Whether you
are innocent or guilty of the charges against you, you have the right
to a fair trial, and you have the right to an attorney that can investigate
the witnesses and evidence to help defend your rights in court.
What kind of penalties will I face for a conviction?
As there are many different offenses that you could be charged with, there
are also many different penalties that you could face depending on a number
of factors in your charges. Some factors which are considered include
the age of the alleged victim, your age, any past convictions, your criminal
history, specific circumstances in your case, and other elements. You
could face years in prison, hefty fines, sex offender registration, and
other penalties depending on the crime you are convicted of.
Enlist the Aggressive Representation You Will Need
Our firm understands the many various hardships that come with sex crime
charges. In addition to the severe penalties that you could face for a
conviction, there is often a social stigma that comes with sex crime charges.
Your reputation is on the line, and your future could be on the line.
You need an attorney who has handled these cases in the past, and knows
how to build the defense that you need for the charges that you face.
Throughout our years of practice, we have developed an approach to each
case that we handle which begins with an in-depth and comprehensive interview.
We work to gather as much information and evidence as possible, and then
to begin building the case that our clients need. Our office offers a
free case evaluation, and it is vital that you utilize this to your benefit as soon as possible.
Contact a Lexington criminal lawyer at our firm to discuss your situation and
learn how we can help you.