Child molestation charges can result in severe sentences. Child molestation is defined as an adult (over 18) sexually abusing someone underage. The sexual abuse can entail inappropriate touching, indecent exposure in front of a child, or creating or viewing child porn. These are accusations that are taken seriously by law enforcement officials.
Individuals found guilty of this sex crime can land themselves in jail for a long period of time. They can face large fines. They may find themselves continuously punished by being listed on the national sex offender database. Since this list is made publicly available, they are facing the judgment of others.
Neighbors and employers will look down upon individuals for their sex crime. Certain communities, such as apartment complexes, will not allow sex offenders to sign leases. Beyond the legal repercussions of being accused of a sex crime, it may cause a person to lose friends or cause their family shame. It is difficult to regain respect once convicted of child molestation.
Unfortunately, even though in the United States individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty, this is not always what happens in reality. Even individuals who are accused of sex crimes, such as child molestation, may face severe repercussions from those around them, even if they have been wrongly accused. As such, it is important for anyone accused of child molestation to work with an experienced attorney to help fight for their rights and freedom.
There are several ways a defense attorney may represent the accused party. This includes exposing false accusations against someone wrongly accused or defending the degree level of the crime. By lessening the degree of the crime, a defense attorney may cause the sentences of the sex crime to be less severe.
Visit the website of the Milwaukee sex crimes defense attorneys of Kohler & Hart, LLP, for more information regarding child molestation defense.