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Sex Crimes Attorneys Criminal Defense Oklahoma

One of the most emotionally-charged set of crimes in existence today is that of sex crimes, and these acts and/or omissions are treated quite harshly in Oklahoma and in every other jurisdiction. ‘Sex crimes’ is a term that encompasses many different acts, but one common thread is that a defendant who faces these sorts of charges has a difficult task at hand in defending his or her rights.

If you or someone you love has been accused of any of the sex crimes currently being enforced in Oklahoma, you need to secure the help of a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Privett Law today to schedule an initial consultation and to begin the process of evaluating, protecting and asserting your Constitutionally-guaranteed rights.

Internet Sex Crimes

The advent of the Internet in the past 15 years has changed almost every aspect of society, and much of this change was and is for the better. However, the Internet has also spawned a spike in sex crimes in general, as the issue of access has allowed contact between defendants and potential victims that was never possible before.

The most common crime in regards to the Internet involves children, and the Oklahoma statutes deal with this issue by imposing harsh penalties on anyone convicted of Internet sex crimes. The offenses that could be categorized in this realm include such acts as enticing a child to perform a sex act, indecent exposure to a child or an adult, solicitation and child neglect and/or abuse.

Basically, Oklahoma Internet Sex Crimes consequences are much the same as the crimes and offenses that existed before the Internet became a central component of our daily lives, and the punishments – which usually entail years in prison and a felony conviction on one’s criminal record, are largely the same. The only difference, aside from much easier access to potential victims, is the medium by which these crimes are committed.

Sexual Assault and Battery

Sexual assault and battery is a somewhat general term that can encompass many different acts or attempts, but the most basic act within the realm of sex crimes in Oklahoma is that of rape, which is also referred to by some as sexual battery or sexual assault. The Oklahoma statutes define rape as:

Rape is an act of sexual intercourse involving vaginal or anal penetration accomplished with a male or female who is not the spouse of the perpetrator and who may be of the same or the opposite sex as the perpetrator under any of the following circumstances:

  • The victim is under the age of 16;
  • The victim is unable to give legal consent;
  • With the use of threats or force;
  • Where the offender has intoxicated the victim;
  • Where the accused knows the victim is unconscious;

    • The defendant is found to be a habitual sex offender; or
    • The defendant is convicted as an aggravated sex offender.

There are other circumstances, but the basic point is that any sexual act without consent is a felony, and this can carry significant consequences.

Sex Crimes against Children

The Oklahoma statutes also dedicate many laws to the protection of children from illegal sexual acts. Any sexual act performed by an adult, as covered above, with a person under the age of 16 is a crime, and this is a crime regardless of consent or intent. The reason is that in the eyes of the law, minors are unable to provide anyone with informed consent, which is much the same as how a minor is legally unable to execute a binding contract.

Therefore, any sexual acts involving children, including indecent exposure, sexual exploitation of a child, statutory rape, child molestation and the like are almost always prosecutes as felonies, and the punishments that accompany a conviction can range from one year in prison to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In extreme circumstances, the death penalty can be sought by the prosecution as well.

Sex Offender Registration

Aside from the immediate consequences a convicted defendant must pay, he or she also faces a serious long-term problem even after he or she is released from prison. As is the case with any jurisdiction, someone convicted of sex crimes in Oklahoma must register with the state as a sex offender if either of the two circumstances below apply to a certain situation:

The amount of time that a person must remain registered as a sex offender can vary, but can also last for up to ten years after release from incarceration. Not to mention, any failure to register as a sex offender when one is required to do so is a serious crime. If a defendant is convicted of failing to register as a sex offender, he or she faces up to five additional years in prison.

Criminal Defense for Sex Crimes

As you see, sex crimes in Oklahoma are a very serious matter, regardless of the charges involved. If you or someone you love is facing charges for the commission of sex crimes, you need to act immediately to assert your rights. Contact Privett Law today to schedule an initial consultation.