Have you been arrested or charged with a sex offense in Northern Kentucky? The Northern Kentucky sex crimes lawyers at Suhre & Associates are stand ready to fight for you when nobody else will. Our criminal defense team is passionate about standing up for the rights of the accused at every turn.
Suhre & Associates has built its highly respected criminal defense team from former prosecutors, cops, and career defense lawyers. No matter which sex crime you are being accused of, you deserve an aggressive defense that will leave no stone unturned in the fight to prove your innocence.
Contact our law office today to get started with a free case evaluation. The time to begin your defense is now.
How Can Suhre & Associates Help With Sex Crime Allegations in Northern Kentucky?
If you are accused of a sex crime, you need the Northern Kentucky criminal defense lawyers at Suhre & Associates on your side. When you hire our law firm to represent you we will get started building your defense from day one.
We stand up for important constitutional rights such as the presumption of innocence and due process. These rights are threatened when prosecutors and the public rush to judgment and condemn the accused without knowing all the facts. That’s where we come in.
Some crucial steps we take may include:
- Advising you to invoke your right to silence
- Demanding every shred of evidence from the state
- Using our own team of investigators and experts
- Filing motions to suppress evidence
- Negotiating with prosecutors for dismissal or reduction in charges
- Fighting your case at trial to defend your reputation and freedom
What makes Suhre & Associates different is our people. Our criminal defense attorneys have cut their teeth in the courtroom handling thousands of cases. Founding attorney Joe Suhre began his career as a police officer for five years before he “saw the light” and went to law school over 20 years ago.
As a sex crimes attorney, Joe now uses his training and experience to the advantage of his clients, closely analyzing every step the police took in their investigation. If the police made a mistake, he will find it and use it in your defense. He continues to stay up to date on police practices, enabling him to stay one step ahead when cross-examining witnesses at trial.
Sex crime convictions can have life-changing consequences and require a scorched earth, all hands on deck approach. You cannot afford to take your time or think this will all go away. The only thing that can help is experienced, aggressive legal representation.
Time is of the essence—every day that passes could harm your case. Contact our team right away so we can get started defending your rights and reputation. We represent clients in Fort Mitchell, Covington, Hebron, and other cities throughout Northern Kentucky.
What is a Sex Crime in Northern Kentucky?
There are many different sex crimes in Northern Kentucky.
Some of the sex crime charges that we represent clients for include:
- Statutory Rape
- Sexual Assault
- Date Rape
- Sexual Abuse (First, Second, Third Degree)
- Child Pornography
- Solicitation of a minor
- Indecent exposure (First, Second Degree)
- Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
- Sexual Misconduct
Nearly all of these sex crimes are felonies. A felony is the most serious kind of crime, defined as any crime with a possible punishment of at least one year in jail. The criminal complaint provided to you in court will detail the specific charges you are facing, along with the maximum possible penalties.
Should I Talk to the Cops If I’m Accused of a Sex Crime
In any criminal investigation, it is critical to remember that the police are not your friends. We sometimes hear people say “the cops were really cool about everything.” This is usually followed by handcuffs and felony charges a few days later.
The police are masters at gaining your trust to get you to make admissions they will use against you later. A tiny detail that seems unimportant could make or break your entire case. To put it simply, don’t talk to the police about your case no matter how friendly they seem. Don’t believe them if they say they are just trying to help you out. Instead, invoke your right to silence and call our legal team as quickly as possible.
Suhre & Associates sex crimes attorneys have taken many sex crimes cases to trial to fight for an acquittal. We have the experience needed to vigorously defend against even the most serious allegations. If you are facing sex crime allegations, get in touch with us right away to start fighting for your future.
What Are the Penalties For Sex Crimes in Kentucky?
The penalties for a sex crime in Northern Kentucky can include many years behind bars, lengthy community supervision (probation/parole), and having to register as a sex offender.
The penalties for a sex offense are severe. This is why our law office painstakingly reviews every piece of evidence and every step the police took to find possible defenses. The specific minimum and maximum penalties vary depending on what you are charged with.
The relevant classifications are as follows:
- Class A Felony: 20 years minimum, 50 years or life maximum
- Class B Felony: 10 years minimum, 20 years maximum
- Class C Felony: 5 years minimum, 10 years maximum
- Class D Felony: 1 year minimum, 5 years maximum
- Class A Misdemeanor: 12 months maximum
If convicted, sentences can vary from person to person at the jury’s discretion. Suhre & Associates is skilled at preparing persuasive sentencing arguments to try to obtain a lenient sentence based on mitigating factors.
Will I Have to Register as a Sex Offender if I’m Convicted?
If you are ultimately convicted of a sex crime, there’s a good chance that you’ll be required to register as a sex offender with the state. The sex offender registry is publicly available online, and shows people where you live and what crime you were convicted of. It was created to protect the public, but in reality, it serves to punish and stigmatize those convicted of sex crimes.
The typical registration period is 20 years, but certain convictions require lifetime registration. Registered sex offenders have numerous restrictions placed on them, the violation of which can result in new felony charges being issued.
Some of the conditions include:
- Periodically meeting with law enforcement to provide updated information
- Restrictions on where you can live and work
- Restrictions on social media use
- Travel restrictions
The only way to avoid having to register as a sex offender is beating the sex crime case that you are facing. Sex crimes cases, perhaps more than any other, can carry a stigma with juries that makes it an uphill battle.
Suhre & Associates prides itself on our ability to fight against the full weight of the government when it is bearing down on you. Whether we are fighting to have evidence thrown out, calling victim testimony into question, or developing an alibi to prove your innocence, we will do everything we can to protect your future.
How Can I Defend Myself Against Allegations of a Sex Crime?
Sex crimes in Northern Kentucky are extremely serious and require an extremely serious defense. Every case has unique charges and unique facts. This means there is no one-size-fits-all approach to a strong defense. Rather, your lawyer will carefully develop your defense based on the specific allegations against you.
Every sex offense is defined in its own criminal statute. Each crime has its own elements that the state needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury at trial to convict you.
Generally speaking, there are several possible defense theories in sex crime cases.
Some defenses may include arguing that:
- Evidence was seized in violation of the Fourth Amendment and must be excluded at trial
- Incriminating statements were obtained in violation of your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination
- The State cannot prove each element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt due to flawed evidence and unreliable witnesses
- The statute of limitations has expired
- Proving that the allegations are categorically false
No matter which sex crime you have been charged within Northern Kentucky, Suhre & Associates has your back. We will be there fighting for you with everything we have, even when it feels like the rest of the world is against you.
Sometimes it is in a client’s best interest to negotiate with prosecutors for a reduction in charges. Our experience handling sex offense cases means we can often achieve favorable resolutions when it aligns with our client’s goals. When negotiations break down, we pride ourselves on our thorough trial preparation so we are ready to take your case to the jury.
Contact Our Nothern Kentucky Sex Crimes Lawyers So We Can Fight for You
Northern Kentucky sex crimes lawyers at Suhre & Associates are passionate about defending the rights and reputation of the accused. If you are being investigated for a sex crime the clock is already ticking. The State will not leave you alone until it has you behind bars.
You need to fight back, and fight back hard. Suhre & Associates has the experience and tenacity you need on your legal team. When you hire us, you can have peace of mind knowing we will leave no stone unturned building your defense. Contact us today for your free consultation.