Sex Offenses and Crimes Defense Lawyers in Columbus, OH


It is important to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you even suspect you are under investigation. Our attorneys will begin an immediate investigation and start building your defense. We will contact witnesses, review police reports, and take 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.

Do not talk to the police before consulting with a criminal defense attorney. We can protect your rights, provide you with important advice, and take immediate action to defend you against any charges or allegations. For an immediate free consultation, call us at 614-372-6814.

Protecting You From Lifetime Sex Offender Registry

Having to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life can severely limit your job opportunities, restrict where you can live and even affect your rights to see your children. We will fight aggressively to defeat the charges you face and prevent you from being forced to register as a sex offender.

Sex Offenses In Federal Court

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.

A well-trained federal defense attorney is essential to ensuring the best possible result is achieved in any federal sex case.

Our attorneys are experienced in many types of sex offense cases, including:
Child Pornography
• Rape
• Sexual Assault

Criminal Sexual Charges In State Court

Criminal sexual charges may result in serious penalties, including fines, prison time and lifetime registry as a sex offender. If you are arrested or facing criminal allegations, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Our Columbus Sex Crime Lawyers are experienced in cases involving charges of:

Criminal Sexual Charges
• 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

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.