Sex Crime Attorneys in Northwest Indiana and Chicago, IL
Being accused of a sex crime is terrifying, not only because society looks upon these crimes with such revulsion but also because regardless of the number of years a convicted sex offender spends in prison, this is one category of crime that always comes with a life sentence. That’s because of the draconian sex offender registration laws that restrict where you can live and what jobs you can do and make public your photo, personal information, address, and the nature of your charges. You might even be held indefinitely in civil commitment after you have served your sentence. With other crimes, you pay your debt to society and move on; but that is not the case with sexually-related offenses.
To compound the problem, not all criminal defense attorneys are willing to take on the defense of sex crimes. This means there are fewer defense lawyers with experience in fighting these charges.
The Presumption of Innocence
At the Alvarez Law Office, every client, regardless of allegations, enjoys the presumption of innocence that is the right of the accused. It is not unusual for false allegations of sex crimes to be made for various reasons, such as one parent accusing the other of sexual abuse in a vicious child custody battle. Sometimes a person will make false charges of sexual assault or rape to cover up consensual sex. We’ve even seen cases where a person makes an accusation of a sex crime as a means of extorting money from the person being accused.
We understand the great potential for injustice, and we leave no piece of evidence unexamined to establish our client’s innocence. We are especially attentive to possible motives for the accuser making a false allegation.
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Battery of Children
Battery occurs when any person knowingly touches another in a rude, insolent, or angry manner. A simple battery is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and no more than 180 days in jail. If the battery results in bodily injury, it becomes a Class A misdemeanor punishable with a fine of up to $1,000 and no more than one year in jail.
When the battery occurs against a child, the severity of the crime increases significantly. If the battery is committed by someone who is at least 18 years of age against someone who is less than 14 years of age, it becomes a Level 3 felony. This is punished with a fixed prison term between six and 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. If the battery results in death, it’s a Level 2 felony with a prison term between one and 30 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
If the case is considered an aggravated battery, the charges are more severe. Aggravated battery occurs when the individual intentionally or knowingly inflicts injury that creates:
- Substantial risk of death.
- Loss of a fetus.
- Serious permanent disfigurement.
- Impairment or protracted loss of the function of an organ or part of the body.
Aggravated battery is typically a Level 3 felony, but it becomes a Level 1 felony if it results in death and is committed by a person at least 18 years of age against someone less than 14 years of age. This is punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Nonsupport of a Dependent
If you fail to provide support for a dependent child either knowingly or intentionally, you can be charged with a Level 6 felony. Support includes food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. This is a Level 5 felony if you have a previous conviction under this charge.
You may have a valid defense against this charge if the child has abandoned the home of the family without the consent of their parents or an order of a court. However, if the child left the home due to abuse, this is not a defense.
Neglect of a Dependent
If you’re charged with neglect of a dependent, you’re facing a Level 6 felony. This is punishable with imprisonment for anywhere from six months to two-and-a-half years and a fine of up to $10,000. If the offender has a previous conviction under this statute, the offense is elevated to a Level 5 felony. Neglect occurs if a child:
- Is put in a situation that endangers their life or health.
- Is deprived of education as required by the law.
- Is abandoned.
- Is cruelly confined.
- Is deprived of necessary support.
Getting Help When You Have Been Accused
If you have been accused of committing a sex crime or if someone has threatened to accuse you, do not delay in hiring a lawyer with extensive experience defending these cases. Call the Alvarez Law office in Crown Point, Indiana, at the earliest indication that you have been placed in jeopardy. We will take every possible step, examine every piece of evidence, and question everything the police did in the course of your arrest or questioning with a view to getting all charges dropped. If this doesn’t happen, we will explore alternatives to jail time, such as treatment programs, that may be available to youthful or first time offenders. If the case goes to trial, we will present a well-prepared case using every piece of information at our disposal to discredit the prosecutor’s case, especially the motivations and character of the accuser.
We defend the accused against sex crime allegations throughout Northwestern Indiana, including Crown Point, Merrillville, Hammond, Gary, Dyer, St. John, Griffith, East Chicago, Munster, Schererville, Valparaiso, Knox, Portage, Newton, Culver, and the entire Chicagoland area.
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