Knoxville Sex Crime Lawyer
Effective Legal Guidance in Knox County
Sex crime allegations are very serious legal matters. The stigma of being accused of unlawful sexual activity can cause significant damage to your reputation, your family and social life, and your job or career. Conviction of a sex offense can lead to even more severe consequences of prison time, fines, and the requirement to register as a sex offender. Sex offender registration makes your identity available to the public and places various restrictions and rules on your life and rules you must obey to avoid further legal trouble.
At The Bosch Law Firm, P.C., we have represented clients in and around Knoxville in all types of serious criminal allegations and charges, including those involving sex offenses. We understand the gravity of the situation in these matters and what protections and actions need to be undertaken on your behalf to ensure your legal rights and best interests are protected. With decades of criminal defense experience and national recognition by Martindale Hubbell® for our founding attorney, we offer effective and efficient legal help to those facing accusations of a sexual nature.
What Is Considered a Sex Crime?
Sex crimes involve non-consensual or forced sexual conduct or the possession of illegal sexual material such as child pornography. They can also include offenses that violate public standards of morality in this country, such as acts of indecent exposure.
These crimes can include the following:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Statutory rape
- Date rape
- Lewd conduct
- Indecent exposure
- Solicitation of prostitution
- Child molestation
- Child sexual abuse
- Luring a minor
- Child pornography possession and distribution
What are the Penalties for Sex Crimes in Tennessee?
As in any criminal case, how you are charged will depend on the nature of the offense and any aggravating details. Charges can range from lower misdemeanors to the most serious felony charge of a Class A felony.
For example, a sexual battery forces another to engage in unlawful sexual activity against that person’s consent. When such an act involves actual bodily injury or when the alleged act involves a deadly weapon, it can be considered to be an aggravated offense. In these cases, “simple” sexual battery is charged as a Class E felony, punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000. Aggravated sexual battery, as well as rape, are charged as Class B felonies. These offenses are punishable by eight up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000. The most serious sex crimes are charged as Class A felonies carrying penalties of 15 to 60 years in prison and fines of up to $50,000.
Sex Offender Registration
A sex crime conviction often results in mandatory sex offender registration. A conviction of a violent sex offense, such as rape, may lead to mandatory registration for life. In lesser offenses, you may have the option to request to end registration requirements after ten years. Failure to register, failure to update your registration when moving, or failure to comply with any sex offender registration rules while on probation or parole can all result in further criminal charges and legal difficulties.
Often sex crimes involve “he said she said” circumstances where accusations or charges are based on scanty or no objective evidence. However, these cases are still taken seriously and have the potential to wind up in a conviction. Because of the seriousness of sex crime accusations, you must have strong representation as soon as possible.
Contact Our Sex Crime Attorney Today
At The Bosch Law Firm, P.C., we have always been committed to providing you with effective and aggressive legal representation. We can protect your legal rights from the inception of your case and explore all legal avenues to ensure you have every possible defense. You are innocent until proven guilty, and our Knoxville sex crime defense attorneys will work diligently to help you achieve the best possible outcome; increase your chances for a positive result by taking advantage of what we offer.