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Sex Crime Defense Attorneys in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Sex Crime DefenseJohn Caudill Attorney at Law understands few accusations can hurt a person’s character more than sex crime allegations. From the moment someone is accused of a sexual offense, their life changes. Whether the allegations are true or not, the accusation cannot be taken back once it has been stated.

Our Bowling Green and Owensboro sex crimes defense lawyer represents individuals throughout Kentucky who have been accused of committing a sex crime, so they have the opportunity to tell their side of the story.

While the U.S. Constitution affords everyone the presumption of innocence — meaning that any defendant in a criminal trial is assumed to be innocent until they have been proven guilty — accusations of sex crimes typically deem individuals guilty in the court of public opinion long before they see the inside of a courtroom. While this is not fair, it is the reality.

If you are facing sex crime charges in Kentucky, you must act quickly to protect yourself from law enforcement, prosecutors, and the public. You have rights and are entitled to an aggressive defense strategy that is customized to meet your needs. Let’s get started.

What are the Different Types of Sex Crime Charges in Kentucky?

Our Warren County sex crimes defense lawyer, John Caudill, understands what it takes for the prosecution to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, which is what is required for a conviction. He also knows how to prepare each client’s defense accordingly.

As the only former Federal Prosecutor in Western and South-Central Kentucky, over the past 30 years, John has prosecuted and defended hundreds of people during both complex state and federal sex crime cases that required a precise legal strategy — from preparation to trial — to pursue and secure real results for our clients.

Our Kentucky sex crimes defense attorney represents clients throughout the state who have been accused of:

  • Date Rape.
  • False Allegations.
  • Incest.
  • Indecent Exposure.
  • Internet Sex Crimes, including Child Pornography and Luring.
  • Lewd Conduct.
  • Obscenity.
  • Prostitution.
  • Rape.
  • Sexual Abuse / Molestation.
  • Sexual Assault.
  • Sexual Misconduct.
  • Social Networking Sex Crimes.
  • Sodomy.
  • Solicitation.
  • Statutory Rape.
  • Title IX Actions.
  • Unlawful Transaction with a Minor.

If you have been accused of a sexual offense — even if the allegations are completely false — do not speak with law enforcement or the prosecutor’s office without a skilled Kentucky sex crime defense attorney by your side. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the best outcome for your unique circumstances today.

What are the Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction in Kentucky?

The main consequence of a sex crime conviction in Kentucky is spending an extended period of your life behind bars. While not all sex crimes are felonies, most are, and — depending on the charges, circumstances, the age of the victim, and the accused’s criminal history — when they are met with a conviction, jail or prison time is nearly certain to follow.

Collateral consequences of a Kentucky sex crime conviction also may include:

  • Difficulty securing a place to live.
  • Fines.
  • Inability to secure a job in certain fields.
  • Ineligible for government assistance.
  • Job loss.
  • Loss of child custody or visitation.
  • Loss of professional licenses.
  • Loss of voting and gun rights.
  • Registration as a sex offender.
  • Social ostracization.

Sex crimes come with a significant stigma that is difficult to shed once attached to an individual’s reputation. Our trusted sex crimes defense attorney in Bowling Green and Owensboro want to help you restore your faith in justice, so you can move forward with confidence. Contact us today to learn more.

Will I Have to Register as a Sex Offender If I Am Convicted of a Sexual Offense in Kentucky?

The Kentucky Sex Offender Registration Act requires a person 18 years or older at the time of their offense — or any offender under the age of 18 who has committed a sex crime against a victim who is a minor — and individuals legally labeled as “sexual predators” to register with the probation and parole office in the county where they intend to live after they are released from prison.

Lifetime registration is required for persons who:

  • Have one or more convictions for crimes including those against a victim who is a minor.
  • Have one or more prior sex crime convictions.
  • Were convicted of first-degree rape or sodomy.
  • Are sexually violent predators.

Others who are convicted of other sexual offenses are required to register for 20 years following release from confinement or discharge from the requirements of early release, whichever period is longer.

Failing to register or knowingly providing false, misleading, or incomplete information is a felony in Kentucky.

Information on the registry, which is maintained by the Kentucky State Police, is made public. This means that anyone can search the registry, including neighbors or future employers.

Our law firm represents individuals who have been accused of sex crimes at all levels, and those who are facing complex legal cases where an exceptional legal defense strategy can mean the difference between incarceration and freedom.

Let us help you pursue the best outcome, just as we have for hundreds of clients before you.

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Contact Our Dedicated Sex Crime Defense Lawyer in Bowling Green, Kentucky Today

John Caudill Attorney at Law offers aggressive defense strategies and trusted legal representation to individuals throughout the Bowling Green area and surrounding communities, including Owensboro, Franklin, Scottsville, Hartford, and Morgantown. Our law firm has a stellar reputation for pressing the prosecution to prove our clients are guilty by forcing them to prepare for a trial. This means we are not swayed by potential plea bargains, or negotiations we know are not in our clients’ best interests.

If you have been arrested and charged with a sexual offense in Kentucky, contact our trusted sex crimes defense attorney in Warren County today by calling (270) 925-0447 or contacting us online.

We are here to fight for your rights and your freedom. Let’s get started.

Frequently Asked Questions for Our Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys in Kentucky

Generally, sex offenses are prosecuted at the state level in the county or municipal courts. However, a sex crime will become a federal sex offense if the sex crime occurred on federal property, involved interstate activity or child pornography, or is accompanied by aggravated circumstances that trigger federal criminal laws.

Multiple defense strategies can be used in sex crime cases, but each is unique to the defendant’s legal circumstances. Common sex crime defense strategies may include but are not limited to proving the allegations were false, consent was given, entrapment occurred, or lack of knowledge that a sex crime was occurring.

Some felony sex offenses never require an individual to make physical contact with the victim. They may include, but are not limited to, online solicitation of a minor, participating in a human trafficking operation, and possession, production, distribution, or sale of images or videos depicting the sexual abuse of minors. Each of these sex crimes comes with significant jail time upon conviction — even if you never physically touched another person.

Under Kentucky law, a person must be 16 years old to consent to a sexual act. However, this does not mean anyone aged 16 or older can consent to sexual activity with any other person. A person under the age of 18 is a minor under Kentucky law, which means 16 and 17-year-olds cannot engage in sexual acts with anyone who is more than 10 years older than they are. There is an exception to this law for persons who are legally married to each other.

Unfortunately, ignorance about a person’s age is typically not a viable defense. If you have been arrested for statutory rape, contact our skilled sex crime defense lawyer immediately, so you can begin mounting a proper defense that fits your case’s unique needs.

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