People who are accused or convicted of sex crimes in Massachusetts face a lifetime of problems ahead, and often the loss of their freedom. Sex crimes are very serious offenses, and the state has set forth dramatic consequences for those who are convicted. With help from an experienced and highly skilled Boston Criminal Defense Attorney, you have an excellent opportunity of getting charges removed or reclassified to a lesser offense.
You can obtain the legal advice and representation you need in Boston, at the law office of Geoffrey G. Nathan.
Criminal Mitigation Attorney
Criminal Defense Attorney Geoffrey G. Nathan is well-known for his success in defending clients charged with Massachusetts Sex Crimes. He is known nationwide for his exceptional knowledge of Criminal Law, and has participated as an authority in publicized discussions about many notorious criminal cases. Attorney Nathan has been licensed to practice law in Massachusetts since 1988, and he is admitted to practice in both Federal and State courts. Mr. Nathan has represented thousands of clients accused of serious criminal offenses, including sex crimes.
List of Sex Related Crimes
In Massachusetts, two main types of sex crimes are defined: forcible and non-forcible offenses. Both have serious penalties for convictions, but forcible sex crimes have the greater consequences. The basic difference is that the worst offenses involve forcible sexual intercourse with any person. Non-forcible offenses apply when the sexual conduct is between the suspect and another person who is unable to give consent.
In all cases where the victim is under age 18, the state considers the act to be a sexual offense. Sometimes, multiple charges will be filed. Many sex crimes also are federal crimes, which will bring tougher sentences and penalties. A person found guilty of Massachusetts sex crimes usually will need to register as a sex offender.
These are some of a wide variety of sex crimes people face in Massachusetts:
- Sex Crimes Against Minors – A very serious offense, including exploitation, indecent exposure, rape, assault and battery and other crimes against children; can result in a lifetime prison sentence.
- DNA Evidence and Appealing A Sex Crime – DNA evidence may be used in appeals for exoneration of a false accusation or conviction.
- Juvenile Sex Offenses – Over a third of sex offenders are juveniles. Many never become adult offenders, but punishments still are severe and may include lifetime registration as a sex offender.
- False Allegations Of Child Sex Abuse – These bear a lifetime impact, social stigma and other problems for a defendant, even when proven false. Immediate criminal defense is a must.
- Child Exploitation – One of the most serious offenses and usually it is a federal crime, with severe penalties. Exploitation includes sexual molestation, child pornography, online solicitation, and more.
- Indecent Exposure – When defendant exposed their genitals to someone else intentionally and the other person was offended by that exposure.
- Sexual Assault/Rape – Slightly different offenses, but both can bring up to 20 years in jail and a lifetime of problems from being a sex offender. Rape is forcible sexual intercourse; sexual assault is unwanted sex acts.
- Date Rape – Sexual assaults that occur between a victim and someone they know who is the perpetrator. Not necessarily occurring on a date, but anywhere, and may involve use of drugs or alcohol. This is often a false claim by an alleged victim.
- Aggravated Sexual Assault – An aggressive sexual act that harms the victim; victims usually require medical attention. Serious felony charge, penalties are very harsh due to the harmful nature of the attack.
- Kidnapping For The Purpose Of Committing A Sex Crime – Minimum mandatory prison sentence of 25 years, and may also be federal crime. Massachusetts has a zero tolerance policy for this offense.
- Statutory Rape – In Massachusetts, this applies to non-forcible sexual activity involving a person under age 18.
- Sex Offender Registration – This has lifetime effects upon a convicted defendant.
- Prostitution and Solicitation – Engaging in sexual conduct for a fee or deriving financial support for it is a sex crime in Massachusetts. Personal who pay for these services may also be charged.
- What Constitutes a Criminal Sexual Act – A variety of sexual activities are crimes in Massachusetts. Some are forcible acts, while others are not, but involve victims who are unable to give consent. Some also are federal crimes. All bear serious penalties, high fines, and may require lifetime registration as a sex offender.
- Internet Sex Crimes/Chat Room – Most cases involve child pornography or enticement; others involve obscenity. Solicitation of a minor, distribution or possession of child pornography is a sex crime. Many internet sex crimes are also federal crimes with heavy penalties.
Protecting Your Rights & Freedom
When you are facing serious criminal charges, immediate action is needed for protecting your rights and freedoms. A conviction on any of these sex crimes will have a lasting impact upon you and your future. You may spend months to a lifetime in prison, depending on the charges. Many sex crime offenses are also prosecuted by the federal court; the result can be even stiffer than the heavy sentencing you get from Massachusetts courts. A prompt and strong defense is needed to obtain the best possible results.
It you are accused or charged with a sex crime, you need immediate criminal defense from an experienced sex crimes attorney. If you believe your prior conviction status should be reclassified or terminated, Attorney Geoffrey G. Nathan will work diligently to help you achieve this goal. He is a dedicated professional who has successfully handled thousands of sex crime cases.
- Sex Crime Charges – Accusations and charges bear serious consequences that can affect your entire future. You will have to register as a sex offender, and that can hurt your chances for future employment, housing and other opportunities.
- Appeals – Reclassification or termination of sex offense charges is quite possible when you have an experienced sex crimes attorney working on your behalf.
To discuss your concerns about Sex Crimes, convictions or appeals in confidence, contact the law office of Attorney Geoffrey G. Nathan, in Boston, MA. Call us now, at (617) 472-5775, or toll free (877) 472-5775.