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The Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction

A sex crime is among the most serious types of criminal convictions you can face. In many respects, your life will never return to the way it was before your conviction. The consequences are normally severe and lasting, ranging from the professional and personal, to the legal.

If convicted, your employment options will likely be severely limited. A conviction for sex crimes could also strain your family relationships. The legal punishments for sex crimes can be steep, as you may face everything from incarceration, fines, and obligatory registration as a sex offender. 

The gravity of the consequences for being convicted of a sex crime underscores the importance of avoiding a conviction at all costs. Everyone is entitled to a defense under the law, regardless of the allegations facing them—your case is no different. Taking action now could help you to mitigate or avoid the impact of a conviction. 

Types of Sex Crimes and Legal Consequences

Sex crimes are among the most severe types of offenses, and both federal and regional jurisdictions can play an important role in investigating and prosecuting the wide variety of sex crimes. Punishments will depend on a number of factors pertinent to your case. In most instances, however, it is likely that a conviction will lead to considerable time in jail. 

Some examples of sex crimes include: 

  • Sexual assault 

  • Public lewdness

  • Possession of child pornography 

  • Prostituion 

  • Continuous sexual abuse of a child 

For some lesser charges, such as public lewdness, are considered misdemeanors. These crimes generally face much lesser consequences, but could still be punished by up to a year in jail and fines of up to $4,000 if deemed a Class A misdemeanor. 

More serious charges, such as sexual assault, are considered felonies, and will often bear much graver penalties depending on the nature of the charges—including five to ninety-nine years in prison for felonies of the first degree. 

Other Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction 

Beyond the legal consequences of a sex crimes conviction, the professional and personal consequences can be devestating. For starters, being convicted generally leads to lifetime registration as a sex offender. This designation can impact your ability to live near places where children may congregate, such as public parks or schools. It will also preclude you from work involving children, such as teaching. 

Employers are often reluctant to hire people with previous convictions, and a sex crime conviction can cause upheaval in your family life—which makes taking action to clear your name imperative. 

Team Up with a Dallas Sex Crimes Lawyer

Given the disastrous consequences that a sex crime conviction can have in many areas of your life, taking action to defend yourself is vitally important. Don’t show up to the fight of your life without the best defense possible. Chris Lewis & Associates P.C. can help during this difficult time. 

Call 214-984-3113 or visit our website to set up a consultation with a Dallas sex crime lawyer from Chris Lews & Associates P.C.

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