The state of Ohio severely punishes individuals who have been convicted of sex crimes. As such, if you have been accused of such an offense, you are almost certainly concerned about how your arrest is likely to impact the remainder of your life.
Of course, you should not let your concern paralyze you. Instead, you should use it to provide you with the motivation you need to vigorously fight back against your criminal charges. The Cincinnati sex crimes attorneys at Suhre & Associates, LLC can help you do just that.
How the Suhre & Associates, LLC, Legal Team Can Help You with Your Sex Crime Charges
The Cincinnati criminal defense attorneys at Suhre & Associates, LLC, are dedicated to providing our clients with top-class legal services. When you reach out to us for assistance with your sex crimes case, we will:
Provide You with Sound Legal Advice
During the course of your sex crimes case, you will almost certainly have to make numerous difficult decisions. If you make the wrong choice, you may make it easier for the prosecutor to convict you. However, if you can consistently make the right moves, you might be able to increase your chances of attaining a favorable outcome to your case.
Of course, when you hire our legal team, you won’t need to make any of those tough decisions on your own. You will always have one of our experienced lawyers by your side to provide you with the advice you need to make the right calls.
Negotiate with the Prosecuting Attorney
In the early stages of your sex crimes case, the prosecuting attorney may offer you a reduced sentence in exchange for a quick and easy guilty plea. This process is known as plea bargaining. Before you consider accepting such an offer, it is almost always wise to spend some time negotiating its terms.
The lawyers here at Suhre & Associates, LLC, have negotiated countless plea bargain agreements over the years. We understand what it takes to convince prosecutors to offer more lenient sentences. When you work with us, we will work tirelessly to try to negotiate a deal that works for you.
Represent You in Court
Should the prosecutor be unwilling to offer a fair plea bargain deal, your case will almost certainly end up in court. There, a judge and jury will review the details of your case and make a ruling on your guilt. If they convict you, they will also determine how you should be punished.
Over the years, our lawyers have represented countless clients in courtrooms throughout the state of Ohio. As such, we know how to state a case in a way that will resonate with a judge and jury. When you hire us, you can be confident that you will be well-represented in court.
If the state of Ohio is accusing you of committing unlawful sexual acts, and you would like to have an experienced attorney defend you against those claims, please reach out to the Suhre & Associates, LLC, legal team here in Cincinnati. We would love to meet with you to learn more about your case and tell you how we can help.
Commonly Charged Sexual Offenses in Cincinnati
The state of Ohio has a broad range of offenses on its books that can be classified as “sex crimes.” A brief list of some of the most commonly charged sex offenses in the state would include:
Section 2907.02 of the Ohio Revised Code states that it is illegal for an individual to engage in sexual conduct with another person who is not their spouse or who is their spouse but is living apart from them when any of the following conditions apply:
- The offender substantially impairs the other person’s judgment or control by deceptively, forcefully, or surreptitiously administering a drug or controlled substance.
- The other person is younger than 13 years of age.
- The other person’s ability to consent or resist is substantially impaired because of their mental condition, physical condition, or advanced age, and the offender has reasonable cause to believe that this may be the case.
Ohio’s rape statute also succinctly states that it is unlawful to compel another person to engage in sexual conduct by force or the threat of force.
Rape is almost always classified as a felony of the first degree in the state of Ohio.
Section 2907.03 of the Ohio Revised Code explains that it is unlawful for an individual to engage in sexual conduct with another person who is not their spouse if any of the following conditions apply:
- The offender knowingly coerces the other person to submit.
- The offender is aware that the other person’s ability to control their conduct is substantially impaired.
- The offender is aware that the other person is submitting because they are unaware that the act of sexual misconduct is being committed.
- The offender is aware that the other person is submitting because they believe that the offender is their spouse.
- The offender is the other person’s parent or guardian.
- The other person is a prisoner or hospital patient and the offender has disciplinary or supervisory authority over them.
- The offender is a teacher or school employee and the other person attends their school.
- The other person is a minor and the offender is their coach or instructor.
- The offender is a cleric and the other person is a minor who attends their church.
- The offender is a peace officer and the other person is a minor who is more than two years younger than them.
In the state of Ohio, sexual abuse of this nature is generally categorized as a felony of the third degree. However, it may be bumped up to a second-degree felony if the victim is younger than 13 years of age.
Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor
Section 2907.04 of the Ohio Revised Code states that it is illegal for a person who is over the age of 18 to engage in sexual conduct with a person that is not their spouse, who they know to be older than 13 years old but younger than 16 years old (the age of consent in Ohio).
This offense is otherwise known as statutory rape and is typically classified as a felony of the fourth degree by the state of Ohio. However, because the state takes a dim view of crimes involving minors, it may be upgraded to a third-degree felony if the offender is more than 10 years older than the other person.
If you have been accused of committing any of the crimes outlined above, the experienced sex crimes attorneys here at Suhre & Associates, LLC, in Cincinnati, would love to help you fight back against your charges. To arrange a free consultation with a member of our team, just give us a call or drop us a message through our online contact form.
Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction in the State of Ohio
In Ohio, crimes such as rape and sexual assault or battery are punished quite severely. Individuals who are convicted of a sex crime in the Buckeye State are typically penalized as follows:
- First-Degree Felonies: Up to 10 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.
- Second-Degree Felonies: Up to 8 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000.
- Third-Degree Felonies: Up to 5 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- Fourth-Degree Felonies: Up to 18 months in state prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
- Fifth-Degree Felonies: Up to 12 months in state prison and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
As well as being sent to prison and having to pay a fine, people who are found guilty of certain sexual offenses are also required to register as sex offenders. The Ohio sex offender registry is separated into three tiers, based on the severity of an offender’s crimes.
The registration requirements for each of these tiers are as follows:
- Tier I: Offenders must register with a local law enforcement officer once per year for a period of 15 years.
- Tier II: Offenders must register with a local law enforcement officer every 180 days for 25 years.
- Tier III: Offenders must register with a local law enforcement officer every 90 days for the remainder of their life.
During their mandatory registration period, convicted sex offenders in the state of Ohio are typically required to adhere to terms such as:
- Employment Restrictions: Sex offenders are rarely allowed to work with children or vulnerable people.
- Residency Restrictions: Ohio often bans registered sex offenders from living near a school.
- Alcohol Restrictions: Convicted sex offenders are almost never allowed to drink alcohol.
- Computer Searches: The state of Ohio can conduct a search of a registered sex offender’s computer at any time.
- Notification Requirements: Sexual offenders are often required to tell their neighbors about their registration status.
At Suhre & Associates, LLC, we understand how terrifying the consequences of a sex crime conviction can be. That is why we fight so hard to help our clients avoid them. If you would like to have us represent you throughout your sex crimes case, please reach out to us today to set up an initial consultation.
Hire a Top Cincinnati Sex Crimes Lawyer
Is the state of Ohio accusing you of being a sex abuser or engaging in a lewd act with a minor? Then you need the assistance of the skilled and experienced criminal defense attorneys here at Suhre & Associates, LLC in Cincinnati, OH. Contact us today to set up a free consultation with a member of our team and learn more about our legal services.