Minneapolis Attorney Protects the Rights of Those Accused of Sex Crimes
More than 20 years of experience fighting against false allegations to safeguard client reputations
False allegations can play a major role in the defense of sex crimes. A child's accusation could be imagined, or influenced by an adult. An accusation could involve some kind of emotional retaliation in an effort to harm you but may not be based in truth.
If you have been accused of a sex crime, it is important to speak with an experienced Minneapolis criminal defense attorney immediately. Whatever you say, however meaningless it may seem, will be held against you. The more quickly you have legal counsel advocating for your rights, the more secure your reputation and your liberty may be.
Criminal defense lawyer Jeff T. Ohara has successfully defended individuals against serious sex crime charges, including rape and other Criminal Sexual Conduct charges. We fully investigate the charges and any evidence against you.
Defending against sexual assault, sexual abuse and solicitation charges
Sexual assault and sexual abuse are sexual activities without the other person's consent. These include:
- Inappropriate touching — Touching any part of another person's body in a sexual way, even through clothing
- Attempted rape — Attempted sexual assault involving sexual intercourse
- Rape — Sexual assault involving sexual intercourse including date rape
- Child sexual abuse and child molestation — Using a child for sexual stimulation
- Voyeurism — Watching private sexual acts
- Exhibitionism and indecent exposure — Exposing your private parts in public
- Sexual harassment — Making unwelcome verbal or physical sexual advances
- Internet pornography — Using the Internet to solicit sex with a minor; downloading, distributing and possessing child pornography; and visiting websites displaying child pornography
Certain sex crimes are illegal even with consent, including incest, prostitution, and solicitation of a prostitute. Sexual acts or solicitation involving children are illegal even if the child appears to consent, because a child is not legally able to give meaningful consent.
Sex crime penalties can change your life forever
Depending on the nature of the sex crime, punishment varies and could include jail time, a fine, community service, victim restitution, counseling, and/or probation and parole.
A misdemeanor, such as indecent exposure, may get you a sentence of up to one year in jail. A felony, however, may be punishable by up to a life sentence in prison. In Minnesota, released sex felons must register as sex offenders in the Minnesota Sex Offender Registry (SOR) maintained by the Minnesota Department of State Police. Convicted felons must register their addresses with law enforcement and provide updates to ensure that their information is always current. Offenders remain in the registry for 15 years, 25 years or life, depending on the seriousness of the crime committed. Typically, the registry is mandatory for those convicted of repeat sex offenses, violent sex crimes and certain crimes against minors. Multiple convictions often escalate the level of penalties. More than 40,000 people are actively registered in the SOR database.
A separate database, the Public Sex Offender Registry (PSOR), maintains names, addresses, vehicles, employment information and offenses information of people living in Minnesota who have been convicted of certain sexual crimes. More than 38,000 people are actively registered in the PSOR database.
The U.S. Department of Justice also maintains a website that enables the public to conduct a national search by name or address.
Fight against false allegations with an aggressive defense. Contact us now for your free initial consultation.
For more than 20 years, Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC has helped those accused of sex crimes protect their rights and their reputations. Call us now at (612) 605-6020 or contact us online to tell us about your situation and schedule your risk-free complimentary consultation.