Skillful Defense Against Sex Crime Charges
Oregon prosecutors and judges never take criminal sexual misconduct lightly, and the penalties for these offenses are usually significant. If you are facing a sex crime charge, you need assertive legal representation. Based in Salem, Harris, Wyatt & Amala provides effective criminal defense counsel to clients accused of sex crimes in Marion County and throughout Oregon.
Discuss your case in a free consultation with one of our attorneys at 866-364-4872.
Types Of Sex Crimes — Violent And Nonviolent
As experienced criminal defense attorneys, we possess the discretion and legal skill necessary to handle all types of violent and nonviolent sexual offenses, including:
- Public indecency
- Private indecency
- Child pornography
- Failure to report child pornography
- Sexual exploitation of a child
- Encouraging child sexual abuse
- Contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor
- Custodial sexual misconduct
- Unlawful sexual penetration
- Sexual abuse and molestation
- Sexual assault and rape
As prescribed by Oregon Ballot Measure 11, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and unlawful penetration convictions come with mandatory minimum sentencing requirements, meaning that a judge cannot give a lesser sentence than that mandated by Measure 11, nor can a prisoner’s sentence be reduced for parole or good behavior. For example, under Measure 11, first-degree rape is punishable by a minimum prison sentence of eight years and four months.
Oregon’s Sex Offenders Registry
Even after serving a long sentence, the impact of a sex crime conviction will likely reverberate through a person’s life. Most convicted sex offenders are required to register with the Oregon State Police, which posts the names of certain sex offenders on a public website. Often, the registration requirement lasts for the convicted person’s lifetime. With this information readily available to the public, sex offenders have substantial difficulty obtaining employment and professional licensing, and are often scorned in their local communities and avoided by their neighbors.
Our lawyers help clients fight these serious charges, understanding that a sex crime conviction can potentially cause insurmountable damage to a person’s professional and personal life. We are equipped to handle even the most difficult cases, providing exceptional representation by investigating every aspect of a client’s case and thoroughly preparing for trial. We are able to utilize our collective experience to identify inconsistencies in accuser statements, exposing weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Meticulous preparation coupled with a keen eye for detail helps us to obtain reduced charges, dismissals and other favorable results for our clients.
We Are Ready To Defend You
If you have been charged with a sexual offense and need an experienced criminal defense attorney, please email us, or call 866-364-4872 for a free initial consultation. We offer a 24/7 answering service for criminal defense cases.