Any criminal accusation that involves sex can be highly emotional and confusing. Sexual assault and sexual abuse charges have come to be some of the worst a person can face, not only because of their potential punishments but also because of the long-term implications. These include difficulty obtaining employment, housing, furthering education, and holding the title of “sex offender” through state or national sex offender registries. While those responsible should be held accountable, these types of cases are not always as clear-cut as they seem.
This is no more true than in cases involving rape, where there are often only two parties involved without any witnesses to corroborate their versions of the circumstances. Unfortunately, this does not make defending these types of cases any easier. Prosecutors have a strong stance on these types of crimes because of the stigma they carry and are therefore less likely to reduce or dismiss charges. If you are facing charges of rape, or even being questioned about a possible incident, it is vital for your protection and your defense to seek the help of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who can provide assistance.
At Doug Edwards Law, our attorneys have the answers to your questions. We take our time and thoroughly examine your case in order to build the strongest defense possible.
Sexual assault and sexual abuse charges cover many different types of crimes, and North Carolina has a very strong stance against each one. The circumstances of your case will determine which type of charge you may face. Charges include:
These charges represent some of the more serious charges that a person could face. However, additional sex crimes charges could include:
The severity of the crime will determine how it is charged. Sexual assault and sexual abuse charges are those that involve bodily injury of some kind. Other sex crimes may be less severe because the victim did not sustain any injuries.
Each charge is serious and has a lifetime of consequences beyond time in prison or extensive fines. From the moment you are accused or charged with any of these crimes, seek the help of a criminal defense attorney.
Sex crimes in North Carolina are seen as violent offenses, which means they will have some of the most severe consequences. The penalties you will face are determined by the circumstances of your crime, the charges against you, any prior convictions, and the strength of your defense. Potential prison penalties could include:
In addition to these lengthy prison terms, almost every case involving a sex crime will include a mandatory registration on the sex offender registry. This will ultimately impact your ability to gain employment, find housing, and even travel.
Because sex crimes often occur between two individuals without any witnesses, proving a sex crime did or didn’t happen can be difficult in some circumstances because both parties will likely have different versions of what happened. Often, it means that the truth of the crime is determined by the person who has the most credible version of the incident.
However, a criminal defense attorney will review all aspects of the case to determine the best strategy. That means checking witness statements if any are available, looking at the evidence, and even examining the processes and procedures taken during the collection of such evidence. They may also interview both the accused and the victim. From there, a defense can be built around any of the following:
In addition, the question of consent will be at the center of the argument in any sex crimes case. An argument may be made initially that there was consent between both parties, but a victim may deny that. However, it is also not uncommon for a victim to change their story as the trial progresses.
When you are charged with a sex crime, there can be an overwhelming sense of confusion in trying to understand where to begin or how to prevail. By relying on the help of a sex crimes attorney, you can get a better idea of your situation. Attorneys provide a number of resources to help, including:
The accusation of any crime can be extremely harmful and have long-lasting consequences. This is never more true than when you face the severity of a sex crime accusation. Because these charges carry so much weight, it is important that you have the right defense team on your side.
At Doug Edwards Law, our team is ready to provide the support that you need to build the right defense. We know the severity of the consequences you face and therefore give your case the attention it deserves for the best possible outcome. If you have been charged with a sex crime, call our offices today and get the help that you deserve.