Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
Speaking with an experienced Sex Crime Defense Attorney before speaking with the police, could stop the police in its tracks and help you avoid being arrested.
The mere accusation of a sex crime is serious. Your reputation, career and relationships may be permanently damaged even if you are not convicted. To avoid harsh penalties, lengthy jail time and designation as a sex offender, you need an exceptional defense attorney on your side.
Expertise in Sex Crime Defense
Attorney Ben Stechshulte of Stechschulte Nell is a board certified criminal trial attorney with experience both prosecuting and defending sex crimes. His record speaks for itself. He has successfully helped clients get charges dropped, avoid jail time and negotiate the best possible outcomes.
Different Sex Crimes Require Different Defense
While sex crimes have some things in common, each requires a different type of defense. For instance, an attorney may argue that others had access to your computer in a child pornography case. Or, they may hire an investigator to uncover the social media profiles of alleged statutory rape victims. Perhaps they routinely represented themselves online as over 18. Additionally, medical experts may show that sex was consensual, not rape.
Types of Sex Crimes
If you have been investigated or charged for any of the following sex crimes, Stechschulte Nell can help.
- Possession of Child Pornography
- Lewd and Lascivious Molestation
- Date Rape
- Statutory Rape
- Failure of a Sex Offender to Report
Date rape refers to non-consensual sex between people who were previously acquainted. Medical evidence is key in date rape cases as there are generally no witnesses.
Even when sex is consensual, statutory rape can be charged if one party is under 18–the age of consent. With potential sentences as high as 15 years in prison, a statutory rape accusation can change your life. If you were duped by a person pretending to be of age on social media or a dating site, an experienced attorney can investigate and may get your charges dropped.
Possession of Child Pornography
Child pornography laws are strict. The Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act prohibits compiling, transmitting, printing, publishing, buying, using or having anything else to do with child pornography. Federal law imposes a mandatory five-year sentence for distributing or receiving child porn. Deleting images from your computer is not enough to protect you from charges.
Lewd and Lascivious Molestation
In the state of Florida, sex crimes involving inappropriate sexual contact or behavior are charged as lewd and lascivious molestation. For instance, touching the breasts, genitals or buttocks of someone under age is enough to charge you. If you are over 18 and your victim is under 12, the crime is more serious with a potential sentence of life in prison.
Failure of a Sex Offender to Report
If you are a registered sex offender and fail to report to law enforcement as required, you may face additional charges. Even if you had a good reason for not reporting, hiring an attorney to speak on your behalf is advised.
The best way to protect yourself is to remain silent and let an attorney speak for you—even if you believe you are innocent. With so much at stake, you cannot afford for something you say to be misconstrued and used against you. Even if you made a mistake, you deserve the best defense possible.