There is no greater social stigma than so-called "sex crimes." Charges of sexual assault, rape, child molestation, internet solicitation of a minor, child pornography, and solicitation of prostitution, all incite the strongest emotional reactions from people. These cases often have no witness other than the person claiming to have been assaulted so the criminality of a sexual encounter may often come down to a “he said, she said” scenario.
Being charged with these types of crime can impact your job, child custody rights, your personal freedom, and your reputation. If you are not a citizen, this a conviction will have permanent immigration consequences.
If you are high school or college student, a sex related criminal charge can also trigger disciplinary action issues with academic institutions. Often the student will face school hearing that will determine if the student will be suspended or dismissed. You need to realize that anything you says during this type of hearing or to an investigator can be used against you in the criminal case. Often law enforcement and the schools work together. It is crucial to have a lawyer in this situation because your academic future, personal freedom and good name are at stake. If you find yourself or someone you love in this type of situation, call us now.
In Massachusetts, a person is convicted of a sex crime they will be required to register as a sex offender. If you live in Massachusetts, you can be required to register as a Sex Offender even if you were convicted in another state and then moved to Massachusetts. If you move to Massachusetts to attend school– you can be required to register. Likewise, if you live in another state and but work in Massachusetts you can be required to register as a sex offender.
What convictions are considered Sex Offenses in Massachusetts?
In complicated cases like rape or child molestation, we thoroughly review with our clients on the pros and cons of testifying. We do an intensive investigation of the government’s evidence, and prosecution witnesses to obtain pro-defense evidence, as well as any evidence of the alleged victim’s bias or motivation to lie. We are knowledgeable in the skill of cross-examination in sexual assault cases, where the goal is to unlock the truth of what really happened. Call us today.