When charged with a federal sex crime, gathering the strength to fight through allegations can be extremely difficult. The anxiety from realizing that some may not understand that a charge does not equate to a conviction can be crippling. We understand that sometimes things are out of your control. For example, individuals who unintentionally download obscene material upon receipt of an infected e-mail may find themselves facing federal charges if the e-mail traveled across state borders. Give our professionals the opportunity to help alleviate these symptoms through providing the representation and legal support you or a loved one deserve.
Like all charges, federal sex crimes are analyzed by the facts of the case. Specifically, a federal prosecutor will look at the state of mind and age of the victim, in addition to where the crime took place.
Several examples of sex crimes which can be tried at the federal level include but are not limited to:
1. Crossing state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with an individual who has not attained the age of 12, acts of recording, or other acts may be separate offenses.
2. Aggravated sexual abuse where one uses force or threat of force to make a person engage in sexual activity against their will, occurring on federal property or within a U.S. territorial jurisdiction
3. Sexual abuse of a minor or ward under an individual’s trusted custody
Federal sex crime convictions carry penalties in the form of mandatory registration under sex offender status, fines, and lengthy prison sentences.
Registration requires the individual to adhere to both state and federal requirements and database programs.
Prison sentences vary for each sex crime. For example, sexual abuse of a minor could result in a life term. Penalties for sexual conduct through the use of force or threat of force depend on the circumstances surrounding the offense and may carry a prison term between three and 10 years. A conviction for female genital mutilation on a person under the age of 18 may result in a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine.
Generally, entry of information or indictment must occur within five years of the alleged offense to satisfy the statute of limitations requirements under the federal rules. However, an offense involving a minor may extend the statutory period to between seven and 10 years or more.
A proactive approach is a key to a strong defense. When formulating a powerful defense strategy, it is important to know what information the prosecution already knows. How did they get that information? Is it reliable and are their witnesses credible? Was the evidence they plan to use against you obtained legally?
In addition, facts which point to the conclusion a mistake was made may be overlooked. It is crucial to have an experienced federal defense attorney as an active advocate.
Allow our experienced professionals to fight fearlessly to protect your livelihood, reputation, and future. For more information on how our firm can help preserve and defend your rights, please contact us. Our team of Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm is ready to go to work for you.
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