There are several types of crimes in the United States of America that have severe consequences. Sex crimes belong in this category and are taken very seriously. Within the broad category of sex crimes is a large selection of crimes that vary in terms of criteria and severity. However, it is important to know exactly what you’re up against. No sex crime is minor, and once convicted of a sex crime it can consequently affect you for the rest of your life.
If you or someone you happen to know is dealing with sex offender charges, it would be wise to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible!
Different Types of Sex Crimes
Sex crimes are in the most general terms possible, criminal activities that involve sexual acts. Some sex crimes are defined by their lack of consent, these sex crimes occur when someone forces, either physically or with threats, another person to engage in sexual acts against their will. These also occur when one party is unable to give consent. Some sex crimes are still criminal even if both parties are consenting adults. Some examples of these crimes and their definitions are listed below:
- Child pornography: This can be a serious offense and lead to a devastating label on your record for your entire life.
- Statutory Rape: Because one of the parties is below the age of consent, they are too young to legally give consent and so this is considered illegal.
- Incest and Prostitution: Illegal even if between consenting adults.
- Rape: Involves force or a threat.
Federal Sex Crimes
Although all sex crimes are serious, some crimes are viewed as more heinous by the standard of the law. These crimes are punished by federal law and not state law. They also generally come with more severe punishments. Some federal sex crimes are:
- Any sexual offense involving a minor
- Human trafficking
Punishments for Sexual Crimes
Punishment for any sexual is severe and usually include expensive fines and time in prison. However, federal sex crimes usually come with stiffer consequences and minimum prison sentences that judges must uphold. For most severe sexual crimes, you could go to prison for the rest of your life. Some states employ chemical castration and other such methods for repeat offenders in an attempt to end it. For those convicted of non-consensual sexual crimes, federal law requires registration as a sex offender.
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If you may be facing the harsh reality of living with a sex crime charge, it would be best to contact a criminal defense attorney for advice. To learn more about your rights and options, request a free case evaluation today.