In Tennessee, sex crimes can include everything from patronizing prostitution to rape and aggravated rape. In some cases, even consensual sex can be a crime, such as Statutory Rape.
Statutory rape is a crime when the victim is between 13-17 years old and the accused is at least 10 years older. Child Rape is a crime where the victim is more than three (3) years of age but less than thirteen (13) years of age. Aggravated Child Rape is a crime where the victim is more than three (3) years of age or less.
Child Rape is a crime where the victim is more than three (3) years of age but less than thirteen (13) years of age. Aggravated Child Rape is a crime where the victim is more than three (3) years of age or less.
Other sexual acts, such as forced sexual activity between spouses or boyfriends/girlfriends and incest may also be prosecuted as rape.
Lewd behavior, indecent exposure and sexual exploitation through electronic means, such as stalking or soliciting sex through social media sites are also illegal. If these offenses involve an adult and a child who has not yet reached the age of consent, the charges are more serious and carry severe penalties.
Even if you were not involved in the offense, but witnessed it or withheld knowledge of the crime, you could be charged as an accessory after the fact.
Most convictions for sexual offenses are felonies, which result in fines, jail time and a requirement to register as a sexual offender. Most sex crimes remain on your record forever.
Penalties for sex crimes can vary dramatically. In some cases you can be placed on probation. However, sex crimes can carry severe sentences. In the case of rape of a child, the minimum sentence is 25 years in prison and community supervision of 15 years after time served.
All sex crime charges are serious. If you are charged, you can depend on the knowledge and experience of James R. Owen to fight for you. Your defense team will investigate the circumstances of the charge, assess how the offense took place and the intent and coercion of the alleged crime. They have a solid history of strong representation and will make sure you get the best possible results.