Sex Crimes Lawyer in Columbus, OH
We Represent Clients Charged with Sex Crimes
Steven S. Nolder Law Firm has been building strong sex crime defenses for clients throughout Columbus, OH and the surrounding area for more than 30 years. We have extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of state and federal laws. If you are facing sex crime charges, reach out to us immediately. We will discuss the specifics of your case and explain how the law works so that you know what to expect before, during, and after trial. Our attorney has a proven track record of successful results, so you can rest assured you are in good hands with us. We know the law can be confusing, so we have organized answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about sex crimes below. But please feel free to call us with any others of your own.
What Are Sex Offense Laws in Ohio?
Sexual crimes are serious offenses, and there is a wide range of them. But our team has been serving clients in and around Columbus, OH for more than 30 years, so we have built defenses for all types of cases. Among the sex-related crimes with which we have experience are:
- Internet sex crimes
- Pandering obscenity
- Possession of child pornography
- Production of child pornography
- Public indecency
- Receipt and/or distribution of child pornography
- Sexual battery
- Sexual conduct with a minor
- Sexual enticement
- Sexual imposition
What Are the Different Tiers of Sex Offenses?
There are three levels of sexual registration in the state of Ohio. A sexual offender’s tier is based on his or her conviction. Every adult convicted of a sexual offense in the state is subject to registration under one of the following tiers:
- Tier I – This is the least restrictive tier, but it nevertheless carries life-altering consequences. It requires one to register once a year for 15 years.
- Tier II – Sexual offenders designated under Tier II must register with the state of Ohio every 180 days for 25 years.
- Tier III – The most severe level of sex crimes, Tier III requires offenders to report every 90 days for life. This tier also includes community notification.
Are Sex Crimes Bondable Offenses?
Yes. If you are charged with a sex crime, the court will set a bond enabling you to get out of jail until trial. A judge presiding over the case will assess the risk of allowing an alleged sex offender back into the community and set the bond accordingly. More serious or high-profile cases will have a higher bond than those deemed to be less serious. Steven S. Nolder can advocate on your behalf in an attempt to negotiate a lower bond so that you can go home until your day in court. Reach out to our team immediately following your arrest to start the process.
How Will You Defend Me Against Sex Crime Charges?
Steven S. Nolder Law Firm has defended many clients against sex crime charges in Columbus, OH. Every case is unique, so the defense we prepare for you must be specific to your situation. But we can draw on our experience and knowledge of the law to tailor a defense that ensures the best possible outcome. Among the possible defenses for sex crimes are:
- Lack of evidence
- Proving sexual activity was consensual
- Providing an alibi for your whereabouts
- Proving the allegations are false
How Can Convictions for Sex Offenses be Searched in Ohio?
All sex crime convictions in Ohio require the accused to register as a sex offender. While Tier III is the only level that requires community notification, your history would be accessible to anyone who searches for it. Once you report as a sex offender, your record becomes public and is posted online by your local sheriff’s department. It is also searchable through the U.S. Department of Justice. If you are innocent of the crimes with which you are accused, let our skilled sex crimes defense attorney will help you avoid such a public stain on your character.
Contact Steven S. Nolder Law Firm Today
If you have been accused of a sex crime in Columbus, OH, seek legal representation from the expert criminal defense attorney at Steven S. Nolder Law Firm. He has been serving clients throughout the community for more than three decades and is eager to assist you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.