The mere allegation of a sex crime can do irreparable damage to a person’s reputation, so it is important to get out and ahead of these types of charges. At Patituce & Associates, LLC, our sex crimes defense lawyers take these charges seriously and are ready to put our considerable experience to use to aggressively defend your rights. Call us today to arrange a free case evaluation with a skilled Akron sex crimes lawyer.
How We Can Help
At Patituce & Associates, LLC, we often hear from people who are afraid of their criminal defense lawyer just taking their money and then having them plead to a serious criminal charge. We don’t do that. You will always have the choice of whether to accept a plea or go to trial when you work with us. We will defend you with the same tenacity and dedication we would have if we were defending our loved ones.
Our approach involves thoroughly investigating the nature of the charges against you, determining the possible defenses we can raise on your behalf, and challenging the evidence against you from the very beginning. Our goal will be to protect you from the harshest criminal penalties.
Ohio Sex Crimes and Penalties
Some of the sex crimes that Ohio prosecutors may charge and their associated penalties include:
Rape (O.R.C. 2907.02)
Rape occurs when someone compels another person to engage in sexual conduct by using or threatening force or impairing the person. It is also illegal to have sex with someone who is not of legal age or who you know has a mental or physical condition that prevents the person from consenting. This offense is typically a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 16.5 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.
Sexual Battery (O.R.C. 2907.03)
Sexual battery involves engaging in sexual conduct with another through coercion or when the perpetrator has a special relationship with the alleged victim, such as a teacher to a student. This crime is charged as a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor (O.R.C. 2907.04)
An adult who engages in sexual conduct with a minor 13 to 16 years of age can be charged with this fourth-degree felony offense, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Public Indecency (O.R.C. 2907.09)
A person can face charges for public indecency if they expose their private parts, engage in sexual conduct, or masturbate in a public place. This offense is a fourth-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.
Compelling Prostitution (O.R.C. 2907.21)
Compelling prostitution involves convincing someone to engage in an act of prostitution and is punished as a third-degree felony, which exposes a defendant to a prison sentence of up to three years and a fine of up to $10,000.
Voyeurism (O.R.C. 2907.08)
Is a crime in Ohio to record, photograph, film, or eavesdrop for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification. This offense is charged as a third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 50 days in jail and a $500 fine.
In addition to possible jail time and fines, the conviction of a sex crime in Ohio can result in having to register as a sex offender for between 15 years and life, depending on the offense.
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If you are facing sex crime charges, we are here to help. At Patituce & Associates, LLC, we have handled over 200 jury trials and a success rate of 95%. Call us today at (440) 471-7784 for your free case review.