A sex crime conviction threatens your life, liberty, and reputation. Even simply an arrest or investigation regarding sex crimes accusations can have a negative effect. At Whiddon Criminal Defense, we know how serious sex crime accusations and charges can be. We’ll work to not only defend you against unwarranted accusations and unjustified arrests but also to minimize any publicity around your charges. You shouldn’t be tried in the court of public opinion before your criminal case has even been worked out. Our lawyer will fight for your privacy as well as your freedom.
What is a Sex Crime?
Sex offenses are among the most serious crimes chargeable in Louisiana. Sex crimes are those that involve some form of unwanted or unlawful sexual contact with another person.
The sex crime defense team at Whiddon Criminal Defense represents clients charged with all manner of sex crimes. Crimes that are considered sex crimes in Louisiana include the following:
- Sexual battery
- Child pornography
- Statutory rape/carnal knowledge of a juvenile
- Solicitation of a minor
- Indecent behavior with juveniles
- Crime against nature
Sex Offender Registry in Louisiana
Defendants who are convicted of a sexual offense in Louisiana are likely to face expensive fines as well as significant prison terms. Additionally, they may be required to register as a sex offender. The sex offender registry is a publicly-available database of registered sex offenders. Anyone can search through the database to identify registered offenders, and the registry will show up on background checks for employment, loans, apartment rentals, home purchases, and other situations. Being a registered sex offender can make living a normal life difficult.
Louisiana classifies sex offenders into tiers based on the convicted conduct. Tier 1 offenders have a low risk of repeating and must register annually for 15 years. Tier 2 offenses typically involve conduct with minors; tier 2 offenders must register semi-annually for 25 years. Tier 3 covers the most serious offenses, such as first-degree rape and human trafficking. Tier 3 offenders must re-register every quarter for life.
Defending Against Sex Crime Charges in Louisiana
Building an effective legal defense is extremely important, especially when alleged sex crimes are involved. Police, prosecutors, and the public all push for the most serious punishments whenever sex crimes are alleged. However, there are often a number of potential defenses against alleged sex crimes. Consult with the sex crime defense lawyer at Whiddon Criminal Defense to discuss your potential defenses, such as:
- Mistaken identity
- Alibi regarding your whereabouts
- Psychological consultation demonstrating the defendant does not fit the sexual profile of the charged offense
- Medical records proving the alleged conduct never occurred
- Past dishonesty by the accuser, especially concerning similar allegations or where the accuser has a motive to lie
We’ll conduct an evaluation of your case and walk you through your options for building the strongest defense available. Our goal is to protect your future and your freedom.
Reach Out Today for Seasoned Advice and Passionate Representation From an Experienced Monroe Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested or charged with a sex crime in northern Louisiana, you need a knowledgeable defense lawyer on your side as quickly as possible. The consequences of a sex crime conviction can permanently derail your life. We’re here to stop that from happening. The sex crime defense team at the Monroe offices of Whiddon Criminal Defense is ready to help you fight for your rights, your freedom, and your future. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.