If you’ve been charged with a sex crime, you may be concerned with your privacy. Even if you aren’t convicted, the simple fact that you were charged with such a crime can have a significantly negative impact on your relationships, career, and reputation.
Maintaining Privacy During a Case
Being involved in a criminal case involves a great deal of communication. You will need to communicate with various officials, as well as your attorney. Many defendants are concerned about having people contact them at work or at home regarding the case, in fear of their family or co-workers learning about the charges against them. The concern is legitimate, because even if the case is dropped or you are found not guilty at trial, the damage to your reputation and career may have already been done.
Working with an attorney who values your privacy when faced with sex crime charges is critical to protecting yourself in the coming weeks and months. An attorney can work directly with officials on your behalf and can request that all case-related communication come through their office.
The Exposure of Sex Offender Registration
If you are convicted of a sex crime, you will likely be required to register as a sex offender. The sex offender registry is a public database that is searchable by anyone. The registry lists your name, address, and in some cases, your photo. Unfortunately, the registry does not go into detail about the crimes that each offender was convicted of. This can be detrimental to a person’s reputation, since it is nearly impossible to tell what you were arrested and convicted for.
For example, say an 18-year-old male was charged with statutory rape after having consensual sex with a 16-year-old girl who lied about her age. If convicted, the man would be required to register as a sex offender, with little to distinguish him from others on the registry who committed crimes like forcible rape or child molestation.
Avoiding a conviction is the best way to stay off the sex offender registry, and you can increase your chances of a positive resolution in your case by working with an experienced sex crime attorney.
Contact a Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer Today
If you have been charged with a sex crime, take the first step to protecting your privacy by contacting a skilled sex crimes defense lawyer. Joshua P. Visco has worked with dozens of defendants who have been charged with sex crimes and has a variety of unique defense strategies that allow for the maximum protection of the defendant’s privacy.
Call today for a consultation to discuss your case at (714) 242-1223 or toll free at (855) 4JPV LAW.