Many times, the presumption of innocence is thrown out the window when someone has been accused of sex crimes. Unfortunately, an unspecific, unsubstantiated accusation can have an immediate and life-long impact on the person accused. The tactics used by authorities and prosecutors in these types of cases can be easily used against you, regardless of your innocence, and may result in large monetary fines or years in prison. If you have been arrested or believe you’re under investigation for an alleged sex-related offense, you need a defense attorney who understands how these crimes are prosecuted and will act quickly and thoroughly to preserve your reputation.
The Wieczorek Law Firm defends clients throughout the greater Cincinnati area against sex crimes. Contact us 24/7 for a free review of your case. Time is not on your side and you need an attorney you can trust to utilizing every defense possible to receive the best outcome.
Sex Crimes Overview
Chapter 2907 of the Ohio Revised Code lists criminal offenses categorized as sex crimes. While many alleged incidents are categorized as a sex crime, Ohio law establishes that offenses typically involve some kind of prohibited sexual conduct. While many people believe that sex crimes are typically committed by someone they do not know, the alleged offenders in these cases are typically personally known to the alleged victim, such as a friend, family member, or co-worker. If convicted, sex offenders can face severe penalties and may need to register as a sex offender for years.
Sex Crimes Definition
As it relates to sex crimes, the Ohio Revised Code defines the following:
(A) “Sexual conduct” means vaginal intercourse between a male and female; anal intercourse, fellatio, and cunnilingus between persons regardless of sex; and, without privilege to do so, the insertion, however slight, of any part of the body or any instrument, apparatus, or other object into the vaginal or anal opening of another. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete vaginal or anal intercourse.
(B) “Sexual contact” means any touching of an erogenous zone of another, including without limitation the thigh, genitals, buttock, pubic region, or, if the person is a female, a breast, for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying either person.
(C) “Sexual activity” means sexual conduct or sexual contact, or both.
(D) “Prostitute” means a male or female who promiscuously engages in sexual activity for hire, regardless of whether the hire is paid to the prostitute or to another.
(E) “Harmful to juveniles” means that quality of any material or performance describing or representing nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sado-masochistic abuse in any form to which all of the following apply: Its dominant appeal is to prurient interest; is to arouse lust by displaying or depicting sexual activity, masturbation, sexual excitement, or nudity in a way that tends to represent human beings as mere objects of sexual appetite; is to arouse lust by displaying or depicting bestiality or extreme or bizarre violence, cruelty, or brutality; is to appeal to scatological interest by displaying or depicting human bodily functions of elimination in a way that inspires disgust or revulsion in persons with ordinary sensibilities, without serving any genuine scientific, educational, sociological, moral, or artistic purpose; or contains a series of displays or descriptions of sexual activity, masturbation, sexual excitement, nudity, bestiality, extreme or bizarre violence, cruelty, or brutality, or human bodily functions of elimination, the cumulative effect of which is a dominant tendency to appeal to prurient or scatological interest, when the appeal to such an interest is primarily for its own sake or for commercial exploitation, rather than primarily for a genuine scientific, educational, sociological, moral, or artistic purpose.
Sex Crimes Evidence
When it comes to defending against a sex crime, it’s important to understand the burden of proof is on the prosecution. Prosecutors need to prove the guilt of alleged offenders beyond a reasonable doubt in order for you to be convicted of any sexual offense. Their team will likely rely on and present various forms of physical evidence such as DNA, photographs of injuries and statements from witnesses. As your criminal defense attorney, the Wieczorek Law team will work with you to discover and present additional evidence that will disprove the charges brought against you or provide reason for a lesser charge.
Sex Crimes Penalties
Penalties for sex crimes vary based on the type of charge and nature of the crime. Penalties range from low-level misdemeanors up to first degree felonies. Click here to see an updated list of common penalties ordered if convicted.
If convicted, some charges also require a person to register as a sex offender in the county in which they reside.