Sex crimes, punishment

Like other types of crimes, sex related crimes in North Carolina may be charged as either as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on numerous factors. Punishments can also range greatly, from years in prison and major fines, to fully suspended sentences, probation, and community service.  

Class A1 misdemeanor offenses, which are the most serious of misdemeanors, include crimes such as indecent liberties by school personnel and sex with a student by school personnel (other than teacher, coach, administrator, or safety officer, and not more than 4 years older than student), secret peeping while in possession of a photo taking device, and sexual battery.  Class 1 misdemeanor offenses include crimes such as prostitution, soliciting prostitution, and secret peeping (first offense, no photo device or pictures). Class 2 misdemeanors include crimes such as indecent exposure, while public masturbation is considered a class 3 misdemeanor.  Certain crimes may begin as a certain class misdemeanor but increase to a more serious misdemeanor and/or felony level upon subsequent convictions for the same crime and/or for other aggravating factors.   For example, a first offense of peeping while not in possession of a photographic device will typically be charged as a class 1 misdemeanor. However, a subsequent charge for peeping ,or a scenario in which the person accused of peeping is in possession of a photographic device, may be charged as a class 1 misdemeanor, while peeping in conjunction with actually having taken pictures of the alleged victim can be charged as a felony.   

A large number of sex crimes may be charged as felonies, including; certain peeping offenses; indecent liberties and sex with a student (by teacher, coach, administrator, safety officer, or other employee more than 4 years older than the student); promoting or participating in prostitution of a minor; subjecting or maintaining a person to sexual servitude; sexual exploitation of a minor; trafficking for the purpose of sexual servitude; rape; certain crimes committed by a non-parent against a child (kidnapping, abduction, and felonious restraint); and many other offenses.   

Misdemeanor sentences vary in seriousness from community services, fines, and probation, to active jail sentences up to 150 days.  Felony punishment are more severe, and can result in major fines and years behind bars.  Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, the long term implications of a sex crime conviction or guilty plea on your permanent record can be devastating on many fronts, from negative social stigma and impacts on future sentencing, to educational, job, professional licensing, and housing pursuits.  Convictions for many offenses will also require registration as a sex offender 


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Registration as a sex offender

North Carolina law requires that certain persons convicted of or pleading guilty to specified sex offenses and/or crimes against minors must establish and maintain registration with North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registration Programs.  All North Carolina residents and non-resident students and workers who have a "reportable conviction" must register as a sex offender.  

Reportable convictions include a wide range of offenses, including: certain offenses committed by a non-parent against a minor (kidnapping, abduction, felonious restraint), sexually violent offenses (including rape, statutory rape, sexual battery, indecent liberties with children, incest between near relatives, exploitation of a minor, and many other charges), sexual trafficking of children, certain peeping offenses, convictions in other states that are substantially similar to reportable convictions in NC, and convictions in other states that require registration in the foreign state.  NC statutes allow for removal of one's name from a registry in certain circumstances. Questions?  We can help.  704-412-1442. 


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Our lawyers analyze numerous factors in every criminal case to ensure that we are representing your interests zealously, including: all aspects of the incident resulting in arrest, the steps taken by officers prior to arrest, probable cause, the validity of any searches conducted and/or warrants obtained, all other circumstances leading up to, during, and following the actual arrest, and any defenses that may be available to you.  Finally, our Charlotte Mecklenburg criminal defense attorneys are well versed in the diversionary programs, deferred prosecution, and potential plea deals that may help you keep items off your permanent record.  We are prepared to represent your interests zealously and will press forward aggressively with trial when appropriate.  To speak to a Charlotte Mecklenburg criminal defense attorney today, call 704-412-1442.  We can help.  

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Being convicted or pleading guilty to a sex crime can have a serious negative impact on your criminal record, and future educational, employment, professional, and housing endeavors.  Our attorneys are here to stand up for your rights and help defend you against allegations of sex crimes.  We can also help petition to have your name removed from the sex offender registry.  Call us today at 704-412-1442 to schedule a free consultation.    

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Charlotte Mecklenburg criminal lawyers, Sex Crimes

Our Charlotte criminal lawyers can help if you are facing sex crime charges in Mecklenburg or Cabarrus counties.  In North Carolina, lawmakers, judges, and prosecutors take claims and charges of a sexual nature very seriously.  District attorneys have a wide range of potential charges to bring when dealing with sex offenses.  In addition to harsh the traditional penalties and the negative social stigma associated with sex crimes, certain sex offenses also require mandatory registration as a sex offender which can have major implications on a person moving forward. 

When charged with a crime, it is important to understand exactly what you have been charged with, the elements of the crime, the potential consequences and punishments, and all possible defenses, strategic tools, and diversionary programs available to help minimize the negative impact on your future.   We can help.      

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