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Crown Point, Indiana Sex Crime Attorneys

Being accused of a sex crime in northwest Indiana can take a toll on you emotionally, affect your relationships with friends and family, and impact your career. Your Indiana sex crime lawyer is on your side, protecting you and representing your legal interests.

The best way to mitigate the damage and reduce the chances of spending years in prison is to hire an experienced team of Indiana sex crimes defense attorneys who understand how to defend against sex offenses.

If the unthinkable has happened to you, we can help. Stracci Law Group represents people facing sex offense charges in NWI, Lake County, and Porter County, Indiana. Contact us for a free consultation.

Understanding the Different Sex Crime Charges in Indiana  

If you have been accused of violating Indiana sex laws, you may not know the possible punishments for the particular Indiana sex crimes you have been charged with.

A criminal conviction for sexual acts can carry lengthy prison terms. A sex assault attorney in Indiana explains your charges, the possible penalties, and any mitigating circumstances that could be used in your criminal defense.

— Sexual Battery

The Indiana Code defines sexual battery as unlawfully touching another individual with the intent of arousing themselves or that individual. If the person being touched did not consent, the touch is unlawful and becomes sexual battery.

It’s typically a level 6 felony, punishable by up to 30 months in prison, although if there are aggravating factors, the crime could carry level 4 felony penalties.

— Sexual Misconduct with a Minor and Child Solicitation

Sexual intercourse, other sexual conduct, or fondling of a child under the age of 16 is considered sexual misconduct with a minor per Indiana Code.

If the act included other sexual conduct or intercourse, it is a level 5 felony. If the person charged knowingly submitted to or performed sexual intercourse with a child less than 16, they will be charged with a minimum of a level 5 felony, which could be changed to a level 1 felony if certain aggravating factors are present.

Child Seduction or Incest

Charges of child seduction or incest can be devastating, and the level of the charges and defense often depends on the accused’s relationship with their accuser. An angry teen stepchild, a resentful student, or a younger, troubled patient may make false allegations that can ruin an innocent person’s life.

Child services may be called to investigate your family, and a spouse may file an order of protection against you without evidence except for the accuser's word. Indiana sex crimes attorneys can help defend you against false accusations.

Sex Offender Registry Offenses

Not every sex crime conviction leads to prison, but almost all sexual crime convictions include enrolling on the Indiana sex offender registry.

Registered sex offenders must follow strict registration and housing regulations. You may be investigated by police detectives who verify whether your residence and workplace are a certain distance away from schools and parks and whether your job brings them into proximity with youths under 18.

Laws regarding the sex offender registry can be complex, and many people may unknowingly violate them; a defense attorney knowledgeable of the Indiana Code can help you avoid pitfalls.

Rape

Rape is sexual intercourse or other sexual conduct without the other party's consent. It is usually classified as a level 3 felony, although with aggravating circumstances, such as using a weapon, the charge could be upgraded to level 1 with a minimum sentence of 20 years.

If the accused knowingly or intentionally performed sexual intercourse with another person without their consent or did so when they could not consent (such as being intoxicated or unconscious), they can be charged with rape.

— Prostitution

Indiana Code, Section 35-45-4-2, classifies performing a sexual act for payment as prostitution, a Class A Misdemeanor.

You could face up to 12 months in jail for the first conviction. Subsequent convictions of the same crime may include felony charges and a penalty of up to 30 months in jail. These penalties are the same whether the person charged was performing the services or paying to receive the services.

— Other Sex-Related Offenses

People charged with possession of child pornography, vicarious gratification, producing child pornography, child exploitation, and performing sex acts in the presence of minors may be convicted of a state sex crime in Indiana and be charged in federal court.

The federal government often takes an interest in state child pornography charges, in which case, you should look for a sex assault lawyer in Indiana with experience navigating federal sexual crime laws.

— Nuisance Crimes

Some charges may appear to be sex offenses but are legally considered nuisances, such as promoting or soliciting prostitution, public indecency, or voyeurism. These are not considered sex offenses per Indiana Code but are treated similarly to public intoxication or disorderly conduct.

The punishment for these charges could include jail time. An experienced defense lawyer may help reduce your penalty and avoid being placed on the sex offender registry.

Punishments and Penalties for Northwest Indiana Sex Crimes

Aggravating circumstances can enhance the level of a felony. For example, if one or more of the following circumstances was part of the actions that resulted in your sexual offense charge, you may face stiffer penalties:

  • A gun, knife, or other weapon was used
  • Use of deadly force, threats, or coercion
  • Non-consensual use of drugs to incapacitate the person
  • The accuser is under 14 years of age
  • The accuser sustained bodily injury
  • The accused had prior convictions of crimes

The punishment for a sex offense in Indiana is determined by the nature and level of the offense of conviction. Potential punishments for a sexual offense include:

  • A minimum of a twenty year sentence
  • Fines, restitution, and community service
  • Registration on the Indiana Sex Offender Registry
  • Revocation of professional licenses
  • Loss of immigration status, deportation
  • Permanent charge on your criminal record

Indiana sex crime lawyers can help defend you against the accuser and, if convicted, argue on your behalf for a lesser sentence.

You Don’t Have to Navigate the Sex Offender Registry Alone

Sometimes, registration on the Indiana Sex Offender Registry cannot be avoided and is part of the sentence if you are convicted – most sex offenses in the state require it. The rules and regulations of the registry can be confusing. Violating these restrictions could place you in violation of parole or lead to additional criminal charges.

An Indiana sex crimes lawyer can help you understand the registry's requirements and guide you through decisions that work within their boundaries.

For example, suppose that you regularly go to another state on business. In that case, that state may deem you a state resident and, therefore, subject to its sex offender registry laws, which, in turn, could impact your Indiana registry.

Additionally, you may not realize that the local sheriff will check on you to ensure that you are compliant with the registry regulations – your attorney can help you handle those uncomfortable visits, too. Stracci Law Group can help you avoid this and similar situations and answer all of your questions about your registry status and obligations.

Potential Defenses to Sex Crime Charges in Crown Point, IN

When Stracci Law Group is your Indiana sex crime lawyer, you will receive our most vigorous defense of your case. Our legal team has long experience with Indiana sex crimes and a deep knowledge of the State criminal code.

We work with you in a compassionate, confidential manner to understand the full details of the event that led to your charges.

Although each case is different, many sex crime accusations share commonalities, and therefore, many of our methods of defending our clients are similar, such as:

  • Valid Consent: Both parties consented to the sexual activity, and therefore, it is not a crime
  • Lack of Evidence: Challenging the evidence the prosecution brings and arguing that it is not enough to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt
  • Mistaken Identity: The victim may have been confused and mistakenly accused you. This defense is often used when our client has a strong alibi
  • Constitutional Violations: Your legal rights were violated either with the arrest or during the police investigation

Our defense against unlawful sexual acts can contain several of these elements, especially if the circumstances are murky or contested. We work with you as we build your case and encourage you to participate in your defense.

Why Choose Stracci Law Group for Experienced Defense for Your Indiana Sex Offenses?

Paul Stracci, the founding partner of The Stracci Law Group, leads a diverse team of criminal lawyers and legal professionals to provide the best defense for each client.

As a veteran Indiana sex crime attorney, Paul has devoted his career to defending people charged with sex offenses ranging from nuisance misdemeanors to complex child molestation cases.

With the founding of Stracci Law Group, Paul has assembled the greatest legal talents in Indiana, including three former prosecuting attorneys, one of whom was one of the founders of the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, which focuses on the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes. The experience of the former prosecutors is invaluable to clients of Stracci Law Group, as they benefit from insight these lawyers.

Our goal is to ensure that your side and story are told and you get full representation in a court of law. We passionately believe that everyone is entitled to a vigorous defense, and we fight to get the best possible outcome for your case. You deserve to have your voice heard, and you deserve to have your rights protected.

Schedule a Free Consultation About Your Crown Point Sex Offense Case

Have you been charged with a sex crime in northern Indiana? We can help. Contact The Stracci Law Group for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case.

Our legal team represents clients charged with sexual offense cases, giving each client a compassionate yet tenacious defense. Contact our Indiana sex crime lawyers today. Don’t wait – you do not want to risk your future!

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Our Northwest Indiana Sex Crime Lawyers

The Team Behind You

Alison L. Benjamin began her legal career years ago as a state court prosecutor. She is known to be a thoughtful and passionate litigator, and now focuses her practice on representing clients charged with federal crimes. Her tenacity makes her well-suited to resolve the complexities that arise in defending clients charged with federal crimes.

The Team Behind You

Paul G. Stracci, the leader of our team, defended a murder case only 10 months out of law school and won a complete acquittal. He has since developed a powerful reputation as a devastatingly effective criminal trial attorney.

The Team Behind You

Maryam Afshar-Stewart, a former prosecutor, has risen rapidly as a criminal defense attorney thanks to her remarkable work ethic and undying commitment to the cause of justice for her clients.

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Michael Woods is an experienced criminal trial attorney who has handled thousands of cases ranging from simple traffic tickets to complex homicides. A deputy prosecuting attorney for nearly 10 years, Michael knows what makes a case weak or strong, and can give clients an honest and realistic evaluation of their case.

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Cliftin Branch, Criminal Case
"I can actually say that Paul is a GREAT LAWYER!! Takes care of business. He got a very big felony dismissed that was hovering over my life for a couple of years and stopped me from doing many things freely, He also got a Dui Dismissed as well as a few other things! My record is now clean. Thank you Paul Stracci!"
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