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Advice on Raising Defenses to Sex Crimes

Four men in Massachusetts recently attempted to set up sexual encounters with girls below the age of 18 and were arrested by federal law enforcement. The men were later charged with trafficking a child. 

The four men were held pending detention hearings. One of the men agreed to voluntary detention during a hearing. One of the men was fired from his position as an anesthesiologist at Tufts Medical Center. The man denies the claims made against him and looks forward to disputing these claims in a court of law where he is confident that he will be exonerated.

The suspects responded to a website utilized to advertise commercial sex acts and then went to meet with an undercover law enforcement officer who claimed that they were offering 12 and 14-year-old girls in exchange for payments of cash.

These arrests reveal that the trafficking of children is occurring daily. The prosecuting attorney reports that a great demand exists for this criminal behavior.

If the men are convicted of these crimes, they face mandatory minimum sentences between 10 to 15 years in prison.

If you are charged with a sex crime, you should promptly hire a criminal defense lawyer. Because all sex crimes are different, it is critical for a lawyer to review the details of your case and discuss your unique options with you.

Sometimes People Bring False Charges

As difficult as it is to think that an individual would falsely accuse another of a sex crime, this is not uncommon. One of the best steps that you can take to build an effective defense is to consider the motivation of the person who brought the charges against you. Some reasons that people might have the motivation to bring false criminal sexual offense charges include:

  • Custody disputes involving children
  • Heated divorces 
  • Extortion
  • An attempt to cover up consensual sex about which a person wants to avoid having to ruin their reputation

Other Ways to Defend Against These Charges

A skilled criminal defense lawyer carefully collects evidence and creates a strong defense for the client. Some of the most common strategies for defending against sex crime charges include the following:

  • The person being charged is innocent, which might be shown through an alibi. An alibi is an excuse that a person was somewhere else or doing something else at the time that the crime occurred. 
  • A person may argue that the person bringing the charges misidentified them.
  • Sexual assault presumes that a sex act occurred without the victim’s consent. If consent to an act exists, then a sexual assault cannot be found to occur.

Speak With a Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime, you could be facing serious penalties. One of the best ways to respond to such a situation is to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Contact Attorney Edward R Molari to schedule a free case evaluation.