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Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse in Minneapollis

Helping those accused of sexual abuse with steadfast legal representation

Any sexual behavior to which a person has not consented, and which causes that person to feel uncomfortable, frightened or intimidated, can constitute sexual abuse. As a general rule, any unwanted sexual contact or threat of the same is sexual abuse.

A Minneapolis sex abuse charge may be filed against any person committing sexual acts upon a non-consenting person. These acts can include forced sexual intercourse, sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape using violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure, or tricks.

The perpetrator of sexual abuse in Minneapolis may be a stranger, an acquaintance, a friend, or a family member.

Effects upon the victim of sexual abuse

If you live in Minneapollis, sexual abuse law in Minnesota is strict. This is because the results of sexual abuse for the victim can include lifelong trauma, including:

  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Social withdrawal
  • Nightmares/flashbacks
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia

Penalties for perpetrators of sexual abuse

Sexual abuse and sexual assault are very serious crimes. Penalties can be serious and life-changing, even for first-time offenders. Possible penalties include:

  • Jail time
  • Fines and victim restitution
  • Mandatory registration as a sex offender
  • Parole
  • Court-ordered counseling
  • AIDS/HIV testing and awareness classes

Punishment can vary depending on the category of crime. A misdemeanor sex crime conviction such as indecent exposure may result in less than a year of jail time, a fine, community service, counseling, or probation. A felony sex abuse crime may be punished by a lengthy prison term — up to a life sentence. Released sex felons must register as sex offenders. Multiple convictions often lead to greater punishments.

Those facing a Minneapolis sexual abuse charge should get expert legal help immediately. Just an accusation of sex abuse can severely damage your reputation. If you are not extremely careful about your responses, you may inadvertently make yourself appear guilty.

If you are arrested for sex abuse and law enforcement wants to investigate or question you, be sure to have an experienced criminal defense attorney defending your rights every step of the way.

You need skilled legal help when faced with a Minneapolis sexual abuse charge

Someone facing a violation of Minnesota sexual abuse law in Minneapollis should contact us immediately, before events get out of control.  Call Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC at 616-235-2000 for a free consultation, or contact us online.