Sex Offenses and Crimes Defense Lawyers in Columbus, OH

Building strong sex crime defense cases in Columbus

Sex offense charges are extremely serious, and only reliable and skilled attorneys like those found at Scott & Nolder Law Firm have the knowledge and dedication to ensure that you receive the justice you deserve. It is important to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you even suspect you are under investigation for sex crimes. Our attorneys will begin building your defense by contacting witnesses, reviewing police reports, and taking every necessary step to protect your rights and reputation. In order to build the most compelling defense possible, we will explore every avenue and leave no stone unturned.

Sex offenses in Ohio Sex offenses in Ohio

When it comes to sex offense charges in Columbus, OH, false allegations often arise from single witnesses with no substantial evidence. A conviction for a sexual offense can lead to extensive jail time and a life-long spot on the sex offender registry, but the effective defense attorneys at Scott & Nolder Law Firm have the knowledge and experience to sift through the details and bring the truth to light. Our Columbus sex crime lawyers are experienced in cases involving charges of:

  • Rape
  • Internet sex crimes
  • Sexual imposition and gross sexual imposition (GSI)
  • Sexual assault, sexual battery, and date rape
  • Statutory rape – Sex with a minor
  • Possession and distribution of child pornography
  • Importuning
  • Voyeurism, indecent exposure, and public indecency

Classifying sex offenders in Columbus

When Ohio signed the Adam Walsh Act in 2008, it created a universal method to help classify sex offenders throughout the state and nationwide. The Act classifies convicted sex offenders into three different tiers.

  • Tier I – Sex offenders convicted of crimes such as importuning, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, sexual imposition, gross sexual imposition, voyeurism, and child pornography must register at least once every year for 15 years.
  • Tier II – Sex offenders convicted of crimes such as pandering obscenity involving a minor, pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, child endangering, and repeat Tier I offenders must register with the county sheriff every 180 days for 25 years.
  • Tier III – Sex offenders convicted of crimes such as rape, sexual battery, sexual assault, murder or aggravated murder with sexual motivation, or any repeat Tier II offender must register with the county sheriff every 90 days for life.

Sex offenders in all tiers must notify authorities of any change in address, place of employment, or school enrollment.

Sex Offenses in Federal Court Sex offenses in Ohio

The two most commonly prosecuted sex offenses in federal court involve child pornography and enticement; however, the Department of Justice is making sex trafficking prosecutions a priority. Federal law prohibits the possession, receipt, distribution and production of child pornography. “Possession” offenses carry no mandatory minimum sentence but call for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. ”Receipt” and “distribution” cases carry a mandatory minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 20 years in prison. Finally, “production” cases have a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and the maximum sentence is 30 years. These statutory penalties are significantly enhanced if the defendant has qualifying prior convictions and the government gives notice of their intention to seek an enhanced penalty.

The guideline applications for these offenses lead to outrageous sentencing ranges. Many federal judges are sensitive to the artificially high sentences that are mandated by the rote application of the guidelines to these cases. This is a prime area where sentencing advocacy can pay tangible dividends for clients. Consequently, crafting detailed sentencing memos in these cases, tailored to the unique factual and legal issues these cases present, is critical.

“Enticement” prosecutions in federal court are the counterpart to Ohio’s “importuning” statute. However, the difference in the state and federal penalties is breathtaking. Whereas many defendants in Ohio receive probation for their first “importuning” conviction, if convicted of “enticement” under federal law, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. These cases also present unique guideline applications which are often the result of “bait” thrown in the water by the agent with whom the defendant is communicating over the internet. These Guidelines issues must be litigated in court so the defendant’s Guidelines range is as low as possible.

Sex trafficking prosecutions are being made a priority by the Department of Justice. These cases often present situations where a parent might prostitute their children or the defendant might prostitute illegal aliens for financial gain. The mandatory minimum sentence in these cases is 10 years in prison.

Convictions for sex crimes can carry stiff penalties

On top of having to register as a sex offender, damaging your reputation, losing your job, and destroying relationships with friends and family, the repercussions for sexual harassment charges and sex crimes are severe. Under Ohio law, the minimum penalty for unlawful conduct with a minor (a Fourth Degree Felony) is six to eighteen months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 while a conviction of rape in the First Degree gets you three to ten years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine. The severity of a penalty depends on the age of the alleged victim, whether a mandatory sentence is required, and the number of prior convictions for sex offenses.

At Scott and Nolder Law Firm, LPA, we offer aggressive, proactive, and strategic defense to protect your rights in the face of sexual charges. We believe that everyone deserves an aggressive defense, so consult with our dedicated criminal defense team in Columbus before talking to the police. We can protect your rights, provide you with important advice, and take immediate action to defend you against any charges or allegations.

Contact a Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyers to Fight Your Sex Crime Charges

At Scott and Nolder Law Firm, LPA, we offer aggressive, proactive, and strategic defense to protect the rights of our clients facing sex crime charges. We believe that everyone deserves an aggressive defense. Contact our criminal defense law firm today for an immediate free consultation with a lawyer.

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