Sex crimes are complicated and very serious; you should choose your defense lawyer carefully.
Sex crimes include:
- Possession of child pornography
- Aggravated sexual assault of a child
- Child molestation
- Statutory rape
- Indecency with a child
- Internet solicitation of a minor
- Prostitution/human trafficking
- Sexual assault (rape)
Nathaniel Pitoniak received a not guilty verdict for a client who was facing 25 years in prison to life for a sexual offense. *
Consequences for Sex Crimes
The potential penalties for sex crimes are extreme, in some cases leading to life imprisonment depending on the offense charged. What’s more, many sex crimes often carry the requirement of registry on the sex offender list for ten years or life, making them quite strict and difficult to comply with. Moreover, they carry with them the stigma of your address, name, and other information being publicly available for ten years or life.
Sexual offenses are serious crimes which are—and should be—treated seriously by society. But sometimes a mere allegation can set a machine in motion which leads to charges. Oftentimes, the police do not adequately investigate the allegations or question the credibility of the alleged victim.You will need a skilled defense lawyer to assess the credibility of the alleged victim to determine if they are being truthful. If they are not being truthful, this information can be presented to the prosecutors and a dismissal can sometimes result. Otherwise, a jury may believe the complaining witness lacks credibility and may render a verdict of not guilty.
Defense Strategies for Sex Crimes
Defenses strategies to sex crimes depend on the particular crime charged. Although every case is different, your defense strategy for challenging sex crime charges will depend on:
- Victim testimony – Oftentimes, assessing the credibility of the alleged victim is critical, especially determining whether they had a motive to bring such allegations or were otherwise coerced to say things by an estranged wife or other adult.
- Legitimate innocence – If you are able to provide an alibi or other evidence that strongly suggests that you, in fact, did not commit the crime in question, then we may be able to use that information to our advantage to argue that you were not with the victim at the time of the crime. We may also argue that the victim has misidentified you as the perpetrator.
- Consent was given – In cases not involving children, whether the alleged victim consented to sexual contact may be a critical issue. We may argue that the victim gave you consent for the alleged sexual activity or behavior.
- Validity of warrants – In cases involving possession of child pornography, many times the validity of warrants executed to obtain evidence will determine whether the evidence is admissible or must be suppressed.
- Admissibility of Confessions – In the event you spoke with police officers, whether your constitutional and statutory rights were violated may impact whether the confession is suppressed by the judge or admitted into evidence.
Why Do You Need aDefense Lawyer?
Sex crimes can have serious consequences and repercussions.If you are in Harris County or surrounding counties such as Fort Bend, Montgomery, or Galveston County and have been charged with a sex crime, you will need an experienced and successful criminal defense lawyer like Nathaniel Pitoniak to provide you with legal advice and representation. As a former prosecutor in his tenth year of practice, he has handled sex crime cases and will be able to create a strategic defense for your case. Call Nathaniel Pitoniak at the Pitoniak Law Firm at (832) 315-6283 for a free consultation today.
*Past results are not a guarantee of future results. Every case is different.