Allegations of a sex crime can results in serious life changes — from loss of employment and restrictions on where you live to having to register as a sex offender. If you are under investigation for or have been charged with a sex crime, you need answers to your questions immediately.
At the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC, our Seattle sex crimes attorneys are available at any time to discuss your case. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding sex crimes and how to fight back against these serious charges.
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When you are facing a sex crime charge, we can help. Call us at 206.389.1855 or contact the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC online to schedule a free initial consultation. With offices conveniently located throughout the state, we serve clients everywhere in Washington, including Tacoma, Kent and surrounding areas in King County. We take your call 24 hours a day.
The primary defenses to a sex crime charge are insufficient or tainted evidence, mistaken identity, factual innocence and disputed consent. An experienced Seattle sex offender attorney knows exactly how to approach a criminal charge involving rape, sexual assault, child pornography or sexual misconduct with a minor by examining the facts of the case and the circumstances of the accuser. The Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC explains exactly what you should do following an arrest and how to avoid mistakes that could permanently damage your case.
In Washington State, the term sexual assault covers a broad set of criminal acts including rape, attempted rape, child molestation, sexual harassment, crimes with a sexual motivation and promoting prostitution. Rape is any sexual intercourse with a person without his or her consent. If you are a suspect in an investigation involving a sexual offense, consult an experienced rape lawyer in Seattle right away.
Washington State law requires those convicted of specified sex crimes to register as sex offenders and comply with ongoing mandates regarding that registration. Most offenders must register immediately or within 24 hours of release from confinement. New residents and returning residents must register within three business days. Speak with an experienced Seattle sex offender attorney to learn more about who must register and how to do so.
Entrapment occurs when a defendant is induced to commit a crime he or she did not intend to commit before it was suggested by the police. In the case of sex crimes, police may pose as prostitutes, underage individuals or other parties to catch offenders committing (or preparing to commit) sex crimes. Entrapment is not a valid defense if the defendant intended to commit the crime and the police simply provided a means to do so. If you believe you were entrapped by law enforcement, contact an experienced Seattle sex crimes attorney to discuss your circumstances.
The law requires you to destroy any child pornography in your possession or to contact law enforcement officials. If you do not, you can be prosecuted for possessing or receiving child pornography. Attorneys at the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC are prepared to provide a vigorous defense to clients charged with possession of sexually explicit pictures of minors, distribution of child pornography through the Internet and other forms of sexual exploitation of minors.