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Sex Crime Defense Attorneys in Maine

Maine Sex Crimes and Sexual Assault Attorneys

Sex crimes can be defined as any unlawful sexual act, including anything from sexual assault to possessing and/or distributing child pornography. The types of offenses that are included under the term “sex crime” are broad and wide-ranging, but they must all be inherently sexual in nature.

The penalties that result from a conviction of any of these offenses are often severe and can affect a convicted offender for the rest of their life.

Even an allegation of a sex crime can tarnish an individual’s reputation and lead to the stigma of being a “sex offender” to follow them around indefinitely-even if they are eventually cleared of the charges.

 

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  1. Are sex crimes misdemeanors or felonies? (Video)
  2. The consequences of a sex crime conviction in Maine
  3. How much jail time for gross sexual assault? (Video)
  4. Contact a Maine sex crime defense lawyer Today

A skilled Portland, Maine sex crimes attorney will be able to defend your reputation against such charges. Some of the most common types of sexual offenses include:

If convicted of these sexual offenses, serious penalties are likely to ensue. Depending on the type of sex crime, penalties may vary, but one may expect to face jail time and required registration in a sex offender database.

The Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction in Maine

There are many factors that may contribute to the type of charges that are waged against a defendant.

If drugs and/or alcohol were used to impair the other person’s ability to object, if verbal and/or physical threats were waged against them, if they were unconscious during any sexual act, and/or if they have not yet reached the age of consent, different classifications of crime, and the resulting penalties, will be decided.

The legal age of consent in Maine is 16 years old, but certain regulations can change the circumstances of what could be considered a statutory rape offense.

If both parties are over 14 years old and the age difference between them is not greater than 5 years, it will not be considered a sex crime under the law.

If a person has not yet reached the age of consent and engages in a sexual act with someone more than 5 years older, however, this is considered a sexual offense.

Similarly, if a person is not yet 14 years old and engages in a sexual act with anyone who has reached the legal age of consent, that person can be charged with statutory rape-which falls under the category of “gross sexual assault.” The laws surrounding juvenile sex crimes are not always straight forward.

Learn More >> Sex Crimes in Maine Frequently Asked Questions

Gross sexual assault is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine, as it is considered a class A felony offense.

In many cases, a convicted offender will also be required to register in a sex offender database at the request of the court, but in accordance to state law, it is not mandatory for all persons convicted of a sex crime.

Contact a Maine Sex Crime Defense Lawyer Today

The best way to make sure you get good results in your sex crime case is to hire a Maine sex crime defense lawyer to represent you. Again, sentencing and the resulting penalties will be strictly dependent on the type of crime that occurred and the circumstantial factors of the incident.

Contact one of our Maine offices to speak with a compassionate & discrete, skilled sex crime attorney who can help you fight sex crime charges. We are here to help you! We serve all of Maine including Biddeford, Sacco, and Bangor regions. Call us at (207) 571-8146 or contact us directly online. We look forward to helping you get your life back.

 

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