If you have been accused of a sex crime, you need to contact an experienced sex crimes lawyer as soon as possible. North Carolina’s laws outlining sexual offenses make distinctions between touching, sexual contact, sex acts, and vaginal intercourse.
The specific offense you face and the level of the charge will depend on the exact allegations regarding your conduct. Your age and the age of the alleged victim will also influence the charges against you.
Whether you are accused of a misdemeanor or felony sex offense, you need an experienced and trusted criminal lawyer by your side. Breeden Law Office will fight hard to prove your innocence in court while also seeking to minimize any consequences of a conviction.
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Based on North Carolina law, some of the potential sex offenses you may face include:
Potential penalties you face depend on the level of the charge against you and any specific provisions in the relevant offenses’ specific statutes. North Carolina has class 3, 2, 1, and A1 misdemeanors. Class A1 misdemeanors are the most serious and can be punished by up to 150 days in jail and a fine.
North Carolina divides felonies into 10 different categories. A class I felony is the least serious, while a class A felony is the most serious and can be punished by life in prison or death. Class E, F, and G are considered mid-level felonies. They can result in a lengthy prison sentence, however you may also be able to avoid a great deal of prison time in exchange for probation.
High-level felonies including class D, C, B1, B2, and A are for the most serious violent and sexual offenses. They come with significant prison sentences. This means if you are convicted of a high-level felony in North Carolina, you cannot avoid incarceration.
The penalties and collateral consequences associated with a sex offense conviction go far beyond imprisonment. Some of the most common collateral consequences include:
If you are convicted of a sex offense in North Carolina, you will be required to publically register as a sex offender. This will include your name, photo, address, and other personal information. Your registration requirement can last between 10 years and the rest of your life, making it difficult to move forward with and establish yourself in a community. Depending on the offense for which you were convicted, you may have to verify your information with your local law enforcement agency each year or sooner. Some offenses require verifying your address every 90 days.
As a registered sex offender, where you can live and travel may be restricted. You may not be able to live within 1,000 feet of a school or childcare facility. This could mean you cannot simply move home after you are released. You might have to move elsewhere.
Additionally, your internet access or right to use social media could be limited. You may be entirely prohibited from using common sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other site that requires you to make a profile.
If you have been charged with a sex offense, contact Breeden Law Office right away. There are many potential defenses to accusations of sexual misconduct, including a mistake of identity and consent. You may be entirely innocent and the police have the wrong person. If this is the case, we will fight to prove your innocence. It may also be that you reasonably believed the other person consented to your actions. We will put forth evidence of the other individual’s conduct and permission.
When facing serious accusations like those of a sex crime, you should not try to attempt to go through the legal process yourself. The best thing you can do for yourself is to call Breeden Law Office and work with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Jonathan Breeden will review your situation and determine the strongest defenses available under the law. He will fight to protect your rights and freedom.
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