The state of North Carolina takes sex offenses very seriously. Depending on the specific nature of the charges in question, the penalties could include a lengthy prison sentence, extended probation, and mandatory participation in the state’s sex offender registration program.
If you have been accused of a sexual crime, you need an experienced legal advocate by your side. There is no time to waste. At Tarlton & Polk, our Raleigh sexual offense lawyers have the skills and experience needed to defend your rights.
If prosecutors have charged you with sexual assault or a related crime, reach out to experienced criminal defense lawyers at Tarlton Polk today. You need a sex crime defense lawyer to help with the case.
Overview of Sex Crimes in North Carolina
Sex crimes are offenses that generally arise when violence or force is used during a sexual act, typically meaning there is a lack of consent by one party to the sexual act. This includes sexual acts with individuals who are legally incapable of consent, such as a child. Sex crimes also include the knowing production, exchange, or distribution of pornographic media that is non-consensual. This includes “revenge porn”, hidden recordings, and child pornography, though child pornography is treated a little differently (and more seriously) under the law.
Types of Sex Crime Cases
At Tarlton Polk we represent the accused in all kinds of sex offense cases, including:
- Forcible Rape: In North Carolina, forcible rape occurs when a defendant has vaginal intercourse with a person by force or against that person’s will. This is a very serious criminal offense. If the defendant used or displayed a weapon, or caused serious bodily injury in the course of committing the offense, then a forcible rape charge can be increased to a first-degree felony.
- Statutory Rape: This crime occurs when a defendant has vaginal intercourse with a child under the age of 13 years and who is at least four years younger than the defendant. No one under the age of 12 can be charged with this crime.
- Sexual Battery: A defendant can be charged with sexual battery if they engaged in sexual contact with another person by force. In North Carolina, the sexual battery comes in many different forms. The punishment that a defendant will face can vary substantially based on the alleged facts surrounding the offense.
- Sexual Misconduct By an Authority Figure: If a school administrator, teacher, coach, parent, or someone in the role of a caretaker engages in a sexual act with a minor, they can be charged with a serious criminal offense.
- Indecent Liberties with a Child: A defendant can be charged with this offense if they attempt to obtain sexual gratification from an act with a child who is under the age of 16, and at least five years younger than the defendant.
- Sexual Exploitation of a Minor: Any person who helps to produce, exchange, transmit, or transport a visual representation of a minor engaged in sexual activity can be charged with this type of crime.
Our Strategy for Fighting Sex Crime Charges
All sex crimes charges must be taken seriously. No matter the circumstances you are facing, our North Carolina sex crimes defense lawyers will investigate your case, and determine what needs to be done to protect your best interests. We know how complicated these cases can be.
In a sex offense case, as in other criminal cases, the burden of proof falls on the prosecution.
If you are facing false charges, our criminal defense lawyers are prepared to fight aggressively so that you can clear your good name. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty, and you should not be held responsible for a crime that you did not commit.
Our legal team also understands that, in some cases, the best defense strategy is to focus on reducing the penalties that our client is facing. Ultimately, our Raleigh sex offense attorneys always give each case the individualized attention that it deserves.