When people think of sex crimes, they often cringe. Sex crimes are considered horrific offences, often directed toward children. Because of this, the punishments are usually harsh and convicted felons will have to register on a sex offender list.
There are many types of sex crimes, each with their own punishments. If you have been accused of a crime, it is important to know what you are facing.
Here are some of the types of sex crimes.
- Aggravated Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Rape. Basically, aggravated sexual abuse and rape means that a person threatens or forces someone else to engage in sexual activities. You may also be accused of sexual abuse and rape if you have sex with someone who is unable to make the decision on their own. Typically, this means that the other person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and is unable to think clearly.
- Sexual Assault of a Child. This is similar to aggravated sexual assault, abuse, and rape except for the fact that you are forcing sexual relations onto a minor child.
- Statutory Rape. This involves raping a minor (someone who is under eighteen) when you are older. Many parents who don’t believe that their young girl should be having sexual relations may try to push a statutory rape on an older boyfriend.
- Child Pornography. Whether you are in possession of child pornography or distribute it, it is a serious offense that involves child nudity and sexual conduct. While most people think of videos, you can still be accused if you have advertisements, books, or magazines with child pornography in it.
- Federal Crime Pornography Violations. It is illegal to mail, transport, sell, and distribute pornography across state lines and from other countries. You can also be charged with this if you are distributing pornography through the television and the internet.
- Kidnapping of a child with the intent of sexual conduct or prostitution. People often kidnap children for their own pleasure, whether they intend to have sexual relations with them or they push them into prostitution. It is even worse if you attempt to take them over state lines to do so.
- Sexual Slavery or Human Trafficking. This means that you are buying and selling people for sexual relations. While most people consider this a physical crime, you may also be acting psychologically.
- Internet Sex Crimes. With the invention of the internet, there are many more ways to commit a sex crime. It is much easier to find someone and stalk them. It has also opened up more opportunities to make and distribute pornography illegally.
- Sexual Abuse Involving Death. Unfortunately, sexual abuse can lead to death which carries a steep punishment. Any time that a physical act leads to death, you could be charged with sexual abuse involving death.
- Sex Offender Registration Violation. It is important that, as a sex offender, you register as a sex offender in your community. You must update it regularly with any moves or other changes that occur in your life. If you don’t do that within a certain amount of time, you could be facing huge fines and several years in jail.
While being accused of a sex crime can be difficult, it is important that you get the legal counsel that you deserve. In order to have the best life possible, you need someone on your side to fight for you! An experienced lawyer will do everything that he or she can do to prove that you are not guilty. If that is not possible, he or she will work hard to decrease your crime and sentence so one mistake doesn’t change your entire life!
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