Punishments for Sex Crimes Are Some of the Most Severe
Most would agree that the punishment should match the crime. Unfortunately, that is not always how sex offenders are sentenced. For example, the laws regarding child pornography are not volume-specific, meaning you could be convicted of a second-degree felony, fined up to $10,000, and face years in prison whether you were in possession of 2 photos or 200 photos. Furthermore, these sentences can be dramatically increased if the prosecutor can provide evidence that shows you intended to distribute the photos. Unfortunately, most judges have little pity for sex offenders unless they have a strong attorney on their side.
A Conviction Can Haunt You Forever
Employers, universities, and landlords all routinely run background checks on their applicants. While they may let a DUI or domestic violence conviction slide, they will likely view something such as a sexual assault conviction differently. Rather than being a private, isolated offense, sex crimes are seen as an indicator of flawed character and a threat to the general population. It can be difficult to maintain life as you know it if you are a registered sex offender, and that is why I do everything in my power to prevent such freedoms from being taken away from you.
Considering the weight of the situation at hand, it is normal to feel powerless. You may believe you’re going to be convicted no matter what, and thus, do not want to waste money on an attorney. This is an entirely erroneous mindset to have. In our justice system, both sides have the right to representation, and you are setting yourself up for failure if you do not utilize it. Even those who plead guilty receive much more favorable terms when operating under the guidance of an attorney. More so, with a trusted attorney on your side, you have a chance for the charges to dropped completely.