Oklahoma City Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys
Fighting to Resolve Your Sex Crime Accusations. Hablamos Español!
Sex crimes are one of the most serious accusations a person can experience. As such, the state of Oklahoma does everything in its power to punish defendants as harshly as possible, sending a strong message to potential offenders that it does not treat these matters lightly. In doing so, those convicted of sex crimes tend to suffer more than those convicted of other criminal offenses.
If you are suspected of or have been charged with a sex crime, it is important to understand the definition of your crime and the potential penalties you may face. Regardless of the details, the bottom line is: Your legal situation is urgent and there is no time to lose. Thus, our sex crimes defense lawyers are prepared to provide the high-caliber, strategic legal defense you need to best prevent you from suffering behind bars.
Coyle Law Firm is a well-established criminal defense firm in Oklahoma City serving clients throughout the surrounding counties and statewide. We welcome you to schedule a free, same-day appointment online or by calling (405) 232-1988 now!
What Is a Sex Crime?
Sex crimes occur when a perpetrator assaults or intends to assault a victim in a sexual nature. Common sex crimes include sexual battery (including rape), statutory rape, indecent exposure, and internet sex crimes. There are a host of other sex crimes you can be charged with, and it’s important to understand how Oklahoma exercises law and order in your case.
What if a prosecutor, judge or jury finds you committed the crime? A conviction may bring even harsher consequences, including likely jail or prison time, high fines and sex offender registration. Once your name is on a sex crime registry, even after you serve jail time and otherwise fulfill your debt to society, you will face limitations as to where you can live and work, among other repercussions.
Depending on your alleged offense and prior criminal history, you may face a misdemeanor or felony charge. The following describes common sex crimes and their potential punishments:
- Sexual battery: The act of making unwanted and sexually offensive contact with an intimate body part of another person or causing another person to believe that such act will occur. This crime is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
- Rape: The act of sexual intercourse involving vaginal or anal penetration accomplished with a male or female who is not the spouse of the perpetrator and who may be of the same or the opposite sex as the perpetrator. Depending on the severity of your alleged offense and if aggravating factors are present, you may face a felony punishable by 15 years to life in prison.
- Obscenity and indecent exposure: Obscenity is viewed as content containing lewd, filthy, or disgusting words or pictures
as well as indecent materials or depictions. Since obscene material is
primarily based on opinion and cultural standards (which change frequently),
the legal process is not typically straightforward and clear-cut. Indecent exposure involves someone lewdly exposing their person or genitals in any public
place, or in any place where other people are present or nearby who would
likely be offended or annoyed.
- If convicted of either crime, you may have to register as a sex offender and suffer a felony charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
- Internet sex crimes: It’s illegal to use a computer to commit any crime involving minors, including sex crimes such as child pornography and child sexual abuse. If convicted of this felony offense, you could face up to 5 years in prison.
Know Your Rights & Retain Qualified Legal Counsel
One thing is clear at this difficult time: You should get legal counsel as soon as possible. If you are aware of rumors or an investigation into allegations of a sex crime, do not wait to see what happens before taking action. Your freedom and your future are at risk, so if you have been arrested and charged with a sex crime, act now.
Even if you have not been officially charged, public knowledge sex crime accusations can damage your reputation, as society stereotypes sex offenders in a brutally negative light. To best navigate your situation, our sex crimes defense attorneys can advise you of ways to mitigate the damage. If your case has a high profile and may be discussed in the media or on social media, we can help protecting your reputation and uphold the assumption of innocence until proven guilty.
Now is the best time to get familiar with your legal rights to best prevent any infringements. Such rights include:
- A right to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures
- A right not to be arrested except when there is probable cause
- A right not to have to be a witness against yourself
- A right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury
- A right to be informed of the nature and causes of the accusation against you
- A right to have legal counsel in your defense
- A right to avoidance of excessive bail requirements
Coyle Law Firm Can Combat Your Sex Crime Charge
We are committed to protecting your constitutional rights throughout your sex crimes case. As soon as your hire our defense lawyer to advocate for your best interests, we can provide comprehensive and honest legal counsel every step of the way. With 70+ years of combined experience, our lawyers have what it takes to win.
Talk to a defense lawyer at our law firm to learn how we can help mitigate the damage that accusations, charges and a possible conviction may bring. The sooner you have one of our attorneys on your side, the more options there will be for a favorable outcome.
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