Cincinnati Sex Crimes Lawyer

Sexual offense accusations can ruin your reputation, and if you are convicted, you will face jail time and be listed as a sex offender. Our Cincinnati sex crimes lawyers at Patituce & Associates have the skills and expertise to defend you from these serious charges.

Our team has over 70 years of experience and includes former prosecutors. We will attack any weaknesses in the case against you. Contact our Cincinnati criminal defense lawyers today at 513-657-2440 for a free consultation!

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What Are Examples of Sex Crimes in Ohio?

There are more than a dozen crimes that the Ohio Revised Code classifies as sex crimes. Here are some examples.

Rape

The Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.02 has defined rape as “sexual conduct with another person that is not the spouse of the offender or who is the spouse of the offender but is living apart and separate from the offender” under any of the following circumstances:

  • The offender purposely compelled the victim to submit using threat or force.
  • The other party was under 13.
  • The offender impaired the victim’s judgment through the use of a drug, intoxicant, or controlled substance.
  • The offender knew the victim’s ability to consent or resist was impaired because of a physical or mental condition or because the victim was elderly.
  • The offender purposely compelled the victim to submit using threat or force.

Statutory Rape

The definition of statutory rape is “unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.” These instances occur when one party is either 18 or older, while the other party is 13, 14, or 15.

The prosecution needs to show the defendant knew the alleged victim’s age or was reckless in that regard.

Sexual Imposition (Formerly Sexual Assault)

Sexual imposition involves sexual contact with a person when the wrongdoer is aware that this contact offends the victim, or when the act is regarded as reckless in this regard.

“Sexual contact” includes touching a person’s erogenous zones, such as the genitals, buttocks, breast, pubic region, or thigh.

Sexual Battery

Sexual battery in Ohio involves sexual contact when an offender uses coercion or deception to prevent resistance. It also includes various situations where the accused holds a position of authority over the alleged victim.

Examples include:

  • The victim was not able to ascertain or understand the nature of this sexual contact.
  • The accused compelled the victim.
  • The victim was not aware that this type of sexual contact had occurred.
  • The accused was a teacher or parent, meaning they had an authority position.

Aggravated Sodomy

Aggravated Sodomy is defined as sodomy that is carried out against the will of a person with force which has resulted in serious bodily injuries along with emotional distress and mental injury.

Aggravated Child Molestation

An accuser that has committed the offense of Aggravated Child Molestation involves a child molestation act that has physically injured the child or when the act involves sodomy.

Child Porn

Under Ohio Code Section 2907.321, it is illegal to generate, market, distribute, obtain, or possess obscene material involving a minor. Child pornography crimes in Ohio are felony charges with stiff penalties. Sentencing is even harsher in federal child porn cases.

Prostitution

Engaging in prostitution, promoting prostitution, and compelling prostitution are all considered sex crimes in Ohio. These crimes may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the case’s specifics and whether the defendant has a history of sex crimes.

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What Are Some of the Penalties for Committing a Sex Crime?

Penalties for sex crimes depend on the type of charge. Sex crimes can range from low-level misdemeanors all the way up to first-degree felonies. When convicted, certain charges will also require the offender to register as a “sex offender” where they reside.

With serious charges, you face many years behind bars if convicted.

What Are Some Of The Defenses When Charged With A Sex Crime?

There are many defenses that attorneys use against sex crime charges. Here are a few of the more common ones.

False Allegations

Unfortunately, there are several reasons why a person would decide to falsely accuse someone else of a sexual crime. If you are able to show that the allegations are false, this could be used as one of the best defenses.

This could include providing evidence like social media posts, emails, or text messages that contradict the accuser’s story.

Mistaken Identity

In certain cases, the accuser might believe genuinely that you have committed a crime against them, when in fact you didn’t. This could happen when an accuser has been shown photo lineups where your picture was included or when an accuser was under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred, and they cannot correctly remember who actually committed the sex act.

Alibi

If you were not present at a crime scene, then you cannot be guilty of a crime. An Alibi defense is when you can provide the evidence needed to prove you weren’t at the scene of the crime.

Consent

In certain situations, you might have had consent when it came to engaging in sexual activities with your accuser. Examples of this are when people are already in a “consensual sexual relationship” when the incident occurred.

Lack of Evidence

When there aren’t any eyewitnesses or physical evidence to back up the accuser’s story, this might be sufficient to get your charges dropped.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Arrested for a Sex Crime?

If you are facing charges for a sex crime in Ohio, there are some important steps you should be taking.

  • The first and most important thing is to avoid saying anything to a police officer without your lawyer present. Anything that you have said will and can be used against you.
  • Avoid posting anything about the case on your social media channels. This could also be used as a form of evidence against you.
  • Be respectful and polite to anyone that is involved in the case, including your attorney, the prosecutors, and the judge.
  • Adhere to all the restrictions and orders that the court imposes.
  • Make sure you are present for every meeting with your lawyer and every court appearance.

Why Should I Hire Patituce & Associates?

An experienced Cincinnati sex crimes lawyer can assist you when it comes to building the strongest defense possible. Your lawyer can:

  • Review any evidence against you and look for weaknesses and holes in the prosecutor’s case.
  • Gather evidence and interview witnesses to garner support for your defense.
  • Assist you in understanding your charges and what you might face.
  • Advise whether your case should go to trial or whether it is better to take a plea deal.
  • Defend your rights to ensure that you are treated in a fair manner throughout your legal process.

Call Our Cincinnati Sex Crimes Lawyers Today for the Best Defense!

If you are charged with a sexual offense, you are going to want to call the best criminal defense firm in Cincinnati. Our team at Patituce & Associates is here to defend your freedom and reputation. We can assist you with building your case, examining all the evidence, and making sure your rights have been upheld.

Contact us today at 513-657-2440 for a free consultation.

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