Mitigating Potential Penalties For Sex Offense Charges In Kentucky
Time is not on your side if you have been accused or charged with a sex crime violation. Allegations can quickly taint your reputation and damage your relationships, even if the charges are eventually dropped. You need to act quickly to address this criminal matter.
Defense Against All Types Of Sex Charges Since 1988
Our criminal defense practice at Fessler, Schneider & Grimme LLP, knows how to resolve sensitive legal concerns involving rape, sexual abuse, assault or other related criminal issues. Our co-founding attorney Tim Schneider has defended his clients’ interests since 1988. He uses his knowledge of criminal procedures and state laws to navigate complex procedures and design effective legal strategies.
Understanding Rape Charges In Kentucky
In Kentucky, “rape” is a broad term that refers to a variety of nonconsensual sexual acts. These may include:
- Sexual intercourse with a minor
- Sexual intercourse with an individual who is unable to consent due to physical, intellectual or mental incapacitation
- Sexual intercourse with an individual who is unable to consent due to the alleged offender’s position of power
Sexual intercourse occurs when the alleged victim’s sex organ is penetrated by another sex organ or an object.
First-, second- and third-degree rapes are classified as felony offenses. If you are convicted of committing this type of crime, you could be incarcerated in state prison.
Information About Sexual Abuse
In Kentucky, touching another individual in an offensive, unwanted and sexual way is considered “sexual abuse.” This term encompasses sexual assault as well. Individuals can be charged with sexual abuse after:
- Forcing another individual to engage in sexual contact
- Unlawfully touching an individual who is unable to consent due to physical, intellectual or mental incapacitation
- Unlawfully touching a minor if the alleged offender is an adult
- Unlawfully touching an individual who is unable to consent to the alleged offender’s position of power
As with rape, sexual abuse convictions carry severe penalties, which may include prison time.
Individuals convicted of rape or sexual abuse are required to register on the state’s sex offender registry, a public database that identifies the offender, the violation, the offender’s address and place of employment. Potential landlords, employers and other interested parties can access this information, which can create lasting professional and personal problems.
Fighting These Charges Is Critical
If you have been charged with a sex crime offense, ignoring the charge will not make it disappear. Failing to act limits the time available to develop a strong defense.
We are here not to judge you; we are here to fight for you and ensure your constitutional rights are protected.