While facing any kind of criminal offense is understandably stressful and shocking, being charged with a sex crime could be even more devastating. In Ohio, if you’ve been charged with a sex crime involving a minor, you can’t use your ignorance of the minor’s age as an excuse.
Law Offices of Steven R. Adams and other sex crime attorneys in Cincinnati noted that it’s your sole responsibility as the adult to ensure that any sexual partner you engage with is of legal age. If the charge against you involves a partner or spouse, you can’t use your relationship as a defense because you could still be found guilty of rape even if your alleged victim is actually your spouse or girlfriend.
Common Sex Crimes in Ohio
The following are the most common sex crime charges in Ohio:
- Rape or Sexual Assault
- Child Pornography
- GSI or Gross Sexual Implication
- Internet Sex Offenses
- Indecent Exposure
- Sexual Imposition
- Sexual Battery
- Prostitution or Solicitation
- Public Indecency
Note that sex crimes that involve the use of the Internet could also include sending text messages or "sexting" explicit materials over the computer or phone. Charges like these will apply even if both participants are minors. These charges could include illegally using a minor in any material deemed pornographic or sexually charged or pandering materials like these that involve minors.
Other Things You Need to Know
All sex offenses are categorized as felonies, so being convicted will definitely land you in prison. Other penalties and punishments include costly fines, potentially irreparable damage to your character, mandatory sex offender registration, job loss or extreme difficulty securing employment and a home, as well as losing your relationships with family and friends.
Regardless if you’re innocent or not, you could be feeling that other people are already judging you. A sex crime conviction will definitely alter how people view you and how you look at your life. You will need help from a lawyer experienced in sex crimes to make certain that you obtain the most favorable outcome in court and to defend you against these life-changing and severe consequences.