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Charged with a Sex Crime?
Sex crimes are some of the most severely prosecuted offenses. If you are convicted, you can expect a long prison sentence and a lifetime registration as a sex offender. Sex offenders also have to live with a lingering stigma that affects their relationships and their educational and career opportunities.
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Being a sex offender can prevent you from obtaining bank loans and can restrict your residency options. As a sex offender, you aren’t necessarily “free” once you get out. A sex offense includes “any unlawful act in which an individual did not give consent, or was unable to consent to any subsequent sexual contact.” At The Law Office of Frank Ciardi, our Rochester criminal defense attorneys know the seriousness of the charges you face and we work diligently to defend your rights in a court of law.
common sex crimes include:
Internet sex crimes
Is there hope for me?
Before you despair, there may be compelling defenses available for your use. Perhaps it can be argued that there was a lack of intent (in the case of a “forcible touching” charge) or that you and the victim engaged in consensual sex (in the case of a sexual assault charge).
There is also a chance that the statute of limitations has run out and that you cannot be charged with the alleged offense at all (misdemeanors, such as forcible touching or sexual abuse in the second or third degree, have a limitations period of only two years). If the offense was a felony, the limitations period is 5 years, unless the victim was less than 18 years old at the time of the incident, in which case the statute of limitations does not begin to run until the victim turns 18 years old.
As a former prosecutor, our founder, Attorney Frank Ciardi, knows what the other side may use to argue their case. This can give our firm a major leg up in court! We understand both sides of the law and we will act swiftly to protect your rights. For more information and to obtain a free consultation, contact our firm today at (585) 531-1101!
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