Sex Crimes Defense in Oakland County
Being convicted of any type of sex crime can wreak havoc on your future. Many of these crimes are considered felonies and carry strict punishments including fines, jail time, probation, electronic monitoring, and the requirement to register as a sex offender. Serious sexual assault even could result in life in prison, depending on the circumstances. This may sound daunting, but you can still defend yourself and have the charges dropped or the sentence lightened.
If you have been charged, Attorney J. Dallo can defend your rights and navigate the legal process for you. Sex crimes have the potential to generate public outcry. Because I have experience with these types of cases, I can provide advice that will help you weather the storm. I realize that every person is innocent until proven guilty and will fight on your behalf.
What Constitutes a Sex Crime?
The Michigan Penal Code outlines the conditions for criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. These crimes involve sexual engagement with underage children, family members, mentally disabled persons, or employees. They also include forced sexual engagement accompanying other crimes such as assault and battery. Each of these crimes carries felony charges. However, there are a number of other offenses that fall under the umbrella of sex crimes. Some of these crimes include:
- Child pornography
- Statutory rape
- Indecent exposure
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual abuse
- Internet sex crimes
- Violation of sex offender registration
If you have been accused of any of these sex crimes, then you may be wondering what your options are. It is easy to feel helpless, as police, judges, and juries are likely to sympathize with the victim due to the sensitive nature of the crime. However, you may feel the charges are unjust. That is why it is extremely important you take the proper steps when facing allegations.
Steps to Take If You Are Arrested for a Sex Crime
If someone has filed charges against you related to a sex crime, there is a chance the police will try to get you to make an incriminating statement. These statements can then be used against you in court. In some cases, the police may even lie or use intimidation to get you to confess. It is important to remember you have not been convicted and are entitled to certain rights under the law. If you are arrested, then you need to take the following steps.
- Remain calm, and do not say anything. You have the right to remain silent.
- Write down all the details of the event in question.
- Compile a list of all witnesses.
- Never contact the person who is accusing you of the crime.
- Educate yourself on the type of crime you are accused of and the punishment it carries.
- Contact me immediately.
The last step on this list is the most important. Criminal defense is a broad legal practice area, which means you need someone who has experience with sex crime cases. Hiring a lawyer who has never handled these types of crimes could be disastrous. In addition, avoid trying to represent yourself. Even if the accusations are false, you still need a well-thought-out defense strategy or you could end up behind bars.
Why You Need My Experienced Representation
When facing sex crime charges in front of a judge and jury, everything rests on the approach I take to your defense. I understand how the court system operates and know what tactics will work to your advantage. This could mean questioning the credibility of certain witnesses or the accuser. If you were coerced by the police to make a confession, then I can suppress this from the court. I also have the know-how to investigate your case, effectively utilize expert testimony, and challenge evidence.
If you are guilty of the crime and want to enter a plea bargain, then I will negotiate on your behalf to get your sentence reduced and keep you out of jail. If you attempt to do this on your own, then you could end up causing more harm than good. Finally, I understand the stress that accompanies this type of charge. I will take the work out of your hands and offer advice on how to cope with life until the case has concluded.
Contact a Sex Crimes Lawyer in Michigan
A sex crime charge is not something to be taken lightly. If convicted, you face potential jail time, probation, fines, and the burden of having the crime on your record. Fortunately, I can protect your rights and defend you against the accusations. I will examine the details of your case and custom-tailor a defense strategy with the goal of clearing your name or having the charges reduced. Contact Attorney Dallo at (248) 283-7000 today.