In South Carolina (and other states across the country), sexual offenses are very serious crimes and carry some potentially hefty sentences. Being charged and found guilty of a sexual crime could lead to long-term prison time, large fines, and a requirement to register as a sex offender in South Carolina.
Even after you’ve served your time for a sexual offense, your life may never be the same. Potential employers will be able to see your registration as a sex offender on the national registry when they run a background check, as will prospective landlords. You may have a hard time securing employment or even finding an apartment to rent after you’ve been convicted of a sex crime.
If you’ve recently been arrested and charged with a sex crime, now is the time to take proactive steps that will protect your rights and best interests. There is no denying the impact that a sex crime conviction can have on the rest of your life, so securing a sex crime offense attorney is one of the smartest choices you can make for yourself during this time.
Joe Leventis has years of experience in representing and fighting to defend people who have been charged with crimes in Columbia, South Carolina, and the surrounding areas. Give his office a call today to schedule your free legal consultation or to find out more.
What Constitutes a Sex Crime in South Carolina?/
The state of South Carolina defines a sex crime as any illegal activity, behavior, or act against another person that involves sexual desire or gratification. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be facing other charges in addition to sex crime charges (such as kidnapping or violent crime charges). No matter what type of sexual crime you have been charged with, the potential consequences are far-reaching and will likely impact the rest of your life. Even if you know in your heart that you were completely innocent, even facing sex charges can bring on strong feelings from the court of public opinion. And of course, if you are convicted, you’ll be labeled as a sex offender for life.
Common Types of Sex Crimes/
There are many common types of charges that are considered sex crimes, including:
criminal sexual conduct
criminal sexual conduct with a minor
solicitation or prostitution.
If you’re currently facing these or any other sexual criminal charges in the state of South Carolina, don’t delay in retaining the criminal defense you need.
How a Sex Crime Defense Attorney Can Help/
More than likely, being charged with a sex crime is the most serious and potentially catastrophic event you’ve faced at this point in your life. Your future relationships, jobs, and even your personal liberty will be impacted by the outcome of your case—especially when you consider the very harsh sentences that often come along with a sex crime conviction. With all this in mind, retaining an experienced sex crime defense attorney is, by far, the best decision you can make for yourself.
A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney like Joe Leventis will be able to sit down with you and discuss your case in detail. This, combined with his understanding of the intricacies of South Carolina sex crimes law, can help him to determine your best legal strategy moving forward. Depending on the specifics of your case, he might recommend defense strategies that may result in a reduced charge or reduced sentence. In some cases, it may even be possible to argue for acquittal or dismissal. Ultimately, the goal of a criminal defense attorney is to protect your rights and best interests while working to reduce the future impact these charges could have on your life.
Even if you plan on pleading guilty to your charges, you’re strongly encouraged to have representation from a defense attorney. On the one hand, an attorney may be able to recommend a better course of action than pleading guilty. On the other, even if a guilty plea does appear to be your best option, your attorney may be able to work out a plea bargain with the prosecutor of your case to reduce your sentence or potentially even save you from having to show up in court.
Don’t let a sex crime charge ruin the rest of your life. Reach out to the Leventis Law Firm to speak with our legal team about your case and take the steps needed to protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process.