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Charlotte Sex Offenses Lawyer

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When the police come calling and accuse you of a sex crime in North Carolina, it is crucial that you identify experienced representation. You may already be aware that the punishment and the sentences associated with a conviction of a sex crime in North Carolina go far beyond the criminal penalties. The stigma of lifetime registration as a sex offender can follow you for many years to come. If you are facing these charges, they will not go away on their own without skilled and aggressive legal defense.

The right Charlotte criminal defense attorney can assist you with a broad range of sex crimes and sexual assault allegations. Sex crimes is a broad term used to explain a variety of different types of internet sex crimes, inappropriate sexual contact involving children or sexual assault. These are often emotional issues and it can be highly embarrassing to try to handle them on your own and a talented Charlotte sex crime defense attorney can assist you.

Some of the most common types of sex crimes in North Carolina include:

  • Solicitation and prostitution
  • Indecent exposure and lewd behavior
  • Juvenile sex offenses
  • Date rape

Sex crimes against children such as:

  • Child exploitation
  • Solicitation of a minor
  • False allegations of sexual abuse of a child
  • Internet sex crimes and child pornography
  • Statutory rape
  • Date rape
  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Kidnapping for the purpose of committing a sex crime

What Constitutes North Carolina Sex Offenses?

There are numerous different sex crimes outlined in the criminal code in North Carolina. These include a broad range of crimes that can carry significant penalties and should prompt you to retain a committed criminal defense attorney immediately in Charlotte.

When a situation is charged as a sex offense, a comprehensive and aggressive defense is necessary. Multiple charges may apply and each requires careful consideration of the incident in question as well as an evaluation of the arrest and evidence. When the prosecution focuses on trying to put someone behind bars and in the process violates that individual’s rights, this may serve as grounds for dismissal.

First Degree Forcible Rape

If you have acted against the will of another individual or forced another person to engage in vaginal intercourse and inflicted serious bodily injury, committed this crime with the assistance of another person or displayed or used a deadly weapon in the commission of the act, you could be facing first degree rape charges.

Second Degree Forcible Rape

Second degree rape charges may apply in North Carolina if the accused engages in intercourse by acting against the will of the victim or by using force or in situations in which the victim was physically helpless, mentally incapacitated or mentally disabled.

First Degree Statuary Rape

You could be found guilty of first degree statuary rape if the accused individual engages in vaginal intercourse with someone under the age of 13 and the defendant is a minimum of 12 years old or at least 4 years older

First Degree Forcible Sex Offense

A defendant can be found guilty of first degree sex offences if they engage in a sexual act that;

  • Involves a victim under the age of 13 and a defendant at least 12 years old or 4 years older
  • By going against the will of the victim and using force and committing this with at least one other person, inflicting bodily injury on the victim or another individual while committing it or displaying or using a deadly weapon.

Second Degree Forcible Sex Offense

If you have engaged in sexual act against the will of the victim or by using force, or with anyone who has been mentally incapacitated, mentally disabled or physically helpless, you could be facing these charges:

  • Statutory rape but of an individual who is 13 through 15 years old by a defendant at least 6 years older involves situations in which there is at least a 6 years of age difference between the victim who is between 13 and 15.
  • Statutory rape of a person who is 13 through 15 years old by a defendant who is more than 4 but less than 6 years older. This includes allegations in which a sexual act has been carried out with a victim between the ages of 13 and 15 and a defendant who is at least 4 but less than 6 years older.

Indecent Liberties with A Child

A defendant may be found guilty of taken indecent liberties with a child if he or she is at least 16 years old and 5 years older than the child in question either:

  • Willfully attempts to commit or commits any lascivious or lewd act on the body or any part of the body of a child under the age of 16.
  • Attempts to commit any improper, immoral, or indecent liberties with a child or commits them under the age of 16 with the purpose of gratifying sexual desire.

First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Sexual exploitation of a minor may be involved if the content of the performance involves:

  • Inducing, coercing, employing, encouraging, or facilitating a minor to engage in sexual activity for a live performance or producing images of a visual representation of this activity.
  • Photographing, filming, duplicating, developing or recording material that shows a visual representation of a minor engaged in the sexual activity for the purpose of pecuniary gain or sale.
  • Permits a minor under his control or custody to engage in sexual activity for a live performance for the purposes of producing images of a visual representation of this activity.
  • Pays for the transportation or transports a minor across or through North Carolina with the intent of that minor engaging in a live performance or producing images for sexual activity.

Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Second degree sexual exploitation of a minor may apply if you know the content in question and the accused:

  • Photographs, develops, films, records or duplicates material of it.
  • Distributes or receives in any way visual representation of a minor engaged in sexual activity.

Kidnapping charges may additionally apply in sex crimes cases. These are all serious issues that should prompt a consultation scheduled with an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands the far-reaching implications of a crime.

Have you or someone you know recently been accused? Our law firm knows how damaging it can be to face allegations or charges of sex crimes and we leverage our experience and resources to fight these serious penalties. It might seem as though your future is forever changed by such an allegation, but finding a law firm that doesn’t pass judgment and instead works to explore all possibilities in your defense is just the support you need during this challenging time. We’ve represented numerous clients facing sex crime charges in Charlotte and we know what it takes to develop a powerful defense strategy to possibly avoid or minimize the consequences. You deserve to have someone in your corner just as committed to your future as we are.

Powers McCartan has extensive experience with sex crime defense throughout Charlotte: we consider each case with care, compassion, and intellect. When you need a strong advocate for sex crime allegations, we’re here for you.

Resource for state laws/charges listed in this document

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/Statutes/StatutesTOC.pl?Chapter=0014

and 

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/ByArticle/Chapter_14/Article_7B.pdf