Indianapolis Sex Crime Lawyers
Former Prosecutors Aggressively Defending You in Hamilton, Hendricks, and Hancock Counties
Any criminal charge is serious, but a sex crime allegation can follow you for the rest of your life. It’s easy to feel hopeless if you find yourself in such a situation, which is why you need an experienced sex crimes attorney who will protect your rights and reputation. Gemma & Karimi, LLP understands that not every person who is accused of sexual assault, prostitution, or any other sexual offense is guilty, and the firm believes that you are entitled to quality legal representation no matter what charge you face. The firm is led by proven sex crime attorneys who bring unique backgrounds as former prosecutors. The firm’s lawyers will present a targeted defense to the allegations, pressing for the best possible result, whether that’s an acquittal, sentence reduction, or favorable plea agreement.
As highly rated sex crimes lawyers, the team at Gemma & Karimi, LLP consistently draws on their experience defending clients accused of sex offenses, and they understand the sensitive nature of these allegations and are committed to handling your case with the care it requires. Sex crimes come with heavy life-altering consequences. If you are facing a possible prison sentence, the reputation-destroying stigma of being labeled a sex offender, and years of probation, you should retain a sex crimes defense attorney immediately.
Contact Gemma & Karimi, LLP online for a free consultation to discuss your legal options in more detail.
Common Types of Sex Crimes
Gemma & Karimi, LLP represents clients charged with any of the following sexual crimes:
- Sexual battery
- Statutory rape
- Child molestation
- Date rape
- Indecent exposure
- Internet sex crimes
Sexually based offenses are extremely complex and can become quickly convoluted. To build a defense for their clients, Gemma & Karimi, LLP aims to fully understand every aspect of your case. Often, even the smallest details can make a difference in the outcome.
Sex Offender Registration
All convicted individuals in Indiana must register as sex offenders, but the duration of registration will depend on the offense, ranging from 10 years to registration for life. There are 4 types of offender categories in Indiana that require different lengths of registration:
- Sexually violent predators – sex offender registration for life
- Offenders against children – sex offender registration for life if the alleged victim was younger than 12 years old
- Sex offenders – sex offender registration for 10 years (from the date the defendant is released from incarceration or placed on parole or probation, whichever is latest)
- Violent offenders – sex offender registration for 10 years
Sex offender registration could seriously limit your job opportunities, destroy your social life, and restrict where you can live. As a result, it is advisable to consult an experienced attorney about how to navigate the consequences following a sex crime accusation, as well as how to build a defense for reduced or dismissed charges.
Gemma & Karimi, LLP may pursue a variety of defense options depending on your case, such as showing the act involved consent rather than criminal behavior. They may also be able to challenge the prosecution by proving you were elsewhere at the time the offense was committed. Sex crime charges can be difficult to defend, but not impossible. That’s what Gemma & Karimi, LLP is here for.
Schedule your free initial consultation with the firm to get started on your sex crimes defense today.
Penalties for Sex-Related Crimes
Many sex crimes are felonies in Indiana. If you are convicted of a felony sex crime, you can expect to serve a lengthy sentence behind bars. The corresponding prison and or probation sentence depends on a number of factors, including:
- the amount of force used in committing the sexual act;
- the nature of the sexual conduct;
- the alleged victim’s age;
- any prior convictions for sex crimes.
For instance, a crime of rape is a Level 3 felony punishable by 3-16 years of incarceration and up to $10,000 in fines, while aggravated rape (rape that includes deadly force or the use of a weapon, causes serious bodily injury, or involves date rape drugs) is a Lebel 1 felony punishable by 20-40 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines. The penalties for any standard sex offense are more severe if they involve an underage victim (the age of consent in Indiana is 16 years old).
Note that Indiana does recognize a “Romeo and Juliet” law that permits 14- and 15-year-olds to participate in consensual sexual activity with others no more than 4 years older.