Sex crimes in Maine make up a quite broad and wide-ranging spectrum of offenses; possible penalties range from probation and community service to decades in prison. At the end of the spectrum reserved for the most severe sex crimes is gross sexual assault. Gross Sexual Assault, generally, is defined as any sex act by an individual on another individual who does not consent or is not capable of consenting. Gross Sexual Assault is commonly referred to as “rape”. By itself, this crime carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
Generally, though, sex acts between an adult and a minor is considered statutory rape. The most serious statutory rape cases will be elevated to gross sexual assault. Such cases include sexual acts by an adult at least 10 years older than a minor who is under the age of 14.
The biggest cause of collateral consequences from a conviction of sex crimes is having to register as a sex offender. This has to be updated whenever you change employment, residences, or attend school. Depending on which tier your sex offense falls in, you might have to register for 10 years, 25 years, or for life.
Nothing can derail your future quite like a conviction for a sex crime; accusations are often enough to cause irreparable damage. This makes it important to confer with an experienced Maine criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. To begin your defense with The Maine Criminal Defense Group, call our firm today at 207-571-8146.
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