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You absolutely need a win.  If you or someone you know is in need for a Sex Crime Law Firm, then pick up the phone and contact the Harrisville Sex Crime Attorneys at Stiefvater Law, LLC.  We limit the number of clients we represent so we can focus on your defense and achieving the necessary results.  We successfully defend individuals who are under investigation for or have been charged with a sex crime. Let us tell your side of the story.

Sex Crimes are some of the most notorious crimes with which you can be charged. The penalties are severe. Conviction often leads to lengthy prison sentences as well as sex offender registration. Just being charged with a sex crime can be devastating. The Sex Crime Lawyers at Stiefvater Law understand that just being charged with a sex crime can destroy a family, ruin a career, as well as many other unfortunate consequences. We can help. Let's talk.

Sex Crimes and Punishments

There are many different crimes that are considered sex crimes.  Our Sex Crime Defense Lawyers are experienced in defending all sex crimes.  These include:

Internet Sex Crimes

Title IX Actions

Voyeurism

Rape

Child Pornography

Social Media Sex Crimes

Solicitation

The degree of the crime is often fact dependent.  Most sex crime charges range from third degree misdemeanor (M3) to first degree felony (F1).

Besides the potential prison sentence, conviction of a sex crime will require mandatory Sex Offender Registration.  There are three tiers of Sex Offender Registration. Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III.

For example, if you are convicted of an offense that requires:

Tier II Sex Offender Registration

Individuals in Tier II must register every 180 days for 25 years.

Contact a Sex Crime Lawyer in Harrisville today to understand the penalties you are facing and to find out what we can do for you.

Proven Results.

The Harrisville Sex Crime Lawyers at Stiefvater Law, LLC will develop an effective legal team for your defense. Sex crimes are often charged with little or no evidence. If you are under investigation for a sex crime or have been charged – DO NOT provide a statement to law enforcement.  They are not on your side. We will stand strong with you throughout the process and tell your side of the story.  Let’s talk.

The potential prison sentence and fine depends on the degree of the offense for which you have been convicted.  If you are convicted of a sex offense, besides registering as a sex offender, if you are convicted of a:

Third degree Misdemeanor then you face a maximum fine of $500 and a jail sentence up to 60 days.

Third degree Felony then you face a maximum fine of $10,000 and prison up to 5 years.

It should be noted that there are certain enhancements and specifications that will enhance the possible penalties and create mandatory prison sentences and additional time to be served.

Call the Harrisville Sex Crime Defense Attorneys at Stiefvater Law to find out if we are currently taking on new clients. We are the Sex Crime Defense Attorneys in Harrisville, Ohio, 44214.

There are many sex crimes defined in the Ohio Revised Code. Each section has its own verbiage and definitions. For example:

Rape

Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.02

(1) No person shall engage in sexual conduct with another who is not the spouse of the offender or who is the spouse of the offender but is living separate and apart from the offender, when any of the following applies:

(a) For the purpose of preventing resistance, the offender substantially impairs the other person's judgment or control by administering any drug, intoxicant, or controlled substance to the other person surreptitiously or by force, threat of force, or deception.

(b) The other person is less than thirteen years of age, whether or not the offender knows the age of the other person.

(c) The other person's ability to resist or consent is substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition or because of advanced age, and the offender knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the other person's ability to resist or consent is substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition or because of advanced age.

(2) No person shall engage in sexual conduct with another when the offender purposely compels the other person to submit by force or threat of force.

(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of rape, a felony of the first degree. If the offender under division (A)(1)(a) of this section substantially impairs the other person's judgment or control by administering any controlled substance described in section 3719.41 of the Revised Code to the other person surreptitiously or by force, threat of force, or deception, the prison term imposed upon the offender shall be one of the definite prison terms prescribed for a felony of the first degree in division (A)(1)(b) of section 2929.14 of the Revised Code that is not less than five years, except that if the violation is committed on or after the effective date of this amendment, the court shall impose as the minimum prison term for the offense a mandatory prison term that is one of the minimum terms prescribed for a felony of the first degree in division (A)(1)(a) of section 2929.14 of the Revised Code that is not less than five years. Except as otherwise provided in this division, notwithstanding sections 2929.11 to 2929.14 of the Revised Code, an offender under division (A)(1)(b) of this section shall be sentenced to a prison term or term of life imprisonment pursuant to section 2971.03 of the Revised Code. If an offender is convicted of or pleads guilty to a violation of division (A)(1)(b) of this section, if the offender was less than sixteen years of age at the time the offender committed the violation of that division, and if the offender during or immediately after the commission of the offense did not cause serious physical harm to the victim, the victim was ten years of age or older at the time of the commission of the violation, and the offender has not previously been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a violation of this section or a substantially similar existing or former law of this state, another state, or the United States, the court shall not sentence the offender to a prison term or term of life imprisonment pursuant to section 2971.03 of the Revised Code, and instead the court shall sentence the offender as otherwise provided in this division. If an offender under division (A)(1)(b) of this section previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to violating division (A)(1)(b) of this section or to violating an existing or former law of this state, another state, or the United States that is substantially similar to division (A)(1)(b) of this section, if the offender during or immediately after the commission of the offense caused serious physical harm to the victim, or if the victim under division (A)(1)(b) of this section is less than ten years of age, in lieu of sentencing the offender to a prison term or term of life imprisonment pursuant to section 2971.03 of the Revised Code, the court may impose upon the offender a term of life without parole. If the court imposes a term of life without parole pursuant to this division, division (F) of section 2971.03 of the Revised Code applies, and the offender automatically is classified a tier III sex offender/child-victim offender, as described in that division.

(C) A victim need not prove physical resistance to the offender in prosecutions under this section.

(D) Evidence of specific instances of the victim's sexual activity, opinion evidence of the victim's sexual activity, and reputation evidence of the victim's sexual activity shall not be admitted under this section unless it involves evidence of the origin of semen, pregnancy, or disease, or the victim's past sexual activity with the offender, and only to the extent that the court finds that the evidence is material to a fact at issue in the case and that its inflammatory or prejudicial nature does not outweigh its probative value. Evidence of specific instances of the defendant's sexual activity, opinion evidence of the defendant's sexual activity, and reputation evidence of the defendant's sexual activity shall not be admitted under this section unless it involves evidence of the origin of semen, pregnancy, or disease, the defendant's past sexual activity with the victim, or is admissible against the defendant under section 2945.59 of the Revised Code, and only to the extent that the court finds that the evidence is material to a fact at issue in the case and that its inflammatory or prejudicial nature does not outweigh its probative value.

(E) Prior to taking testimony or receiving evidence of any sexual activity of the victim or the defendant in a proceeding under this section, the court shall resolve the admissibility of the proposed evidence in a hearing in chambers, which shall be held at or before preliminary hearing and not less than three days before trial, or for good cause shown during the trial.

(F) Upon approval by the court, the victim may be represented by counsel in any hearing in chambers or other proceeding to resolve the admissibility of evidence. If the victim is indigent or otherwise is unable to obtain the services of counsel, the court, upon request, may appoint counsel to represent the victim without cost to the victim.

(G) It is not a defense to a charge under division (A)(2) of this section that the offender and the victim were married or were cohabiting at the time of the commission of the offense.

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Zip Codes in Harrisville, Ohio: 44235, 44214, 44254, 44287