If you are arrested and charged with any sex crime, speak with an experienced
What is a Sex Crime?
Sex crimes are those that are committed for sexual gratification. Sex offenses
are prosecuted in either the state or federal courts.
Sex offenses vary. They include rape of a child, rape, and sexual battery.
Sex offenses that are prosecuted in federal court are generally offenses
committed by computer – distribution of child pornography, for example.
What Should I Do if I Am Investigated for a Sex Crime?
As part of their investigations, police officers often ask potential defendants
to speak with them regarding allegations made by victims. Do not speak
with an officer alone and without counsel. Whatever a person says may
be misinterpreted by officers.
What Happens if I Am Arrested for a Sex Crime?
After a person is arrested for a sex crime in state court, the presiding
judge sets bond and the conditions of release. The amount of bail that
will be set is a factor of several issues. These include a person’s
criminal history, his ties to the community and the type of offense with
which he is charged. Non-parolable sex crimes – which include rape
of a child and aggravated rape – are more serious than virtually
any other offenses. Bail is therefore higher in these cases.
A significant factor specific to the bail set in sex crimes is the presence
of DNA. If DNA is not present, the prosecution’s case is not as
strong as it otherwise would be. We seek to demonstrate that – and
other weaknesses of the case – to the Court in order to gain a reduced bond.
Once bail is posted, contact us. Even if you cannot post bail, ask a relative
to contact us. Do not plead guilty to any theft offense without speaking
to a lawyer.
Do I Need Legal Assistance if I Am Charged With a Sex Crime?
Do not plead guilty to any sex crime without counsel. A plea to many sex
offenses will require an individual to register as an offender and undergo
lifetime supervision. We regularly are able to negotiate settlements in
sex crimes that result in reduced charges for our clients in both Tennessee
Conviction of any form of sex crime is a permanent bar to naturalization.
We have represented successfully many individuals whose immigration status
depended on our ability to achieve favorable settlements in sex crimes.