The legal definition of sex crimes and sexual assault will oftentimes overlap. When sexual abuse includes physical harm or verbal sexual abuse, the type of sex crime may be considered “sexual assault” by the courts. Due to the malicious nature of these crimes, often times the courts will sentence those convicted to harsh consequences. Sentences vary from state to state, but all states include such penalties as large fines and jail time. People that have been convicted of these crimes may also be put on a list of sex offenders. This “National Sex Offender Registry” is made publicly available. Society tends to turn their heads away from these criminals, and therefore being registered can affect the criminal and their loved ones for their entire lives.
Sexual assault charges may be brought against people that have been assumed to be engaged in sexual contact without consent. This can occur at any age level. If a child under the age of 18 is involved, the consequences may be more severe. Common sexual assault charges are given to those accused of child molestation, sexual penetration, intercourse, inappropriate touching, or exposure of genitals.
Many people will assume those charged with sexual assault are guilty before they are even tried. However, many of these people are judged before all of the details of the case have emerged. The most effective way a person can defend themselves is through hiring an attorney. A defense attorney can help eliminate or reduce charges in many ways. This includes proving false or exaggerated testimony, showing their client’s desire for rehabilitation, or, in the event they have never been in trouble with the law, pointing out the fact that the individual has a clean record.