Being accused of a sex crime is a devastating experience. The social stigma and damage to your reputation can be overwhelming, and the consequences for conviction may include a long prison sentence and a lifetime of registration as a sex offender. The attorneys at Benca & Johnston will review the facts of your case with you, and will help you decide the best way to proceed. We have experience in both reaching plea deals and successfully defending the accused at trial. Contact our Little Rock, Arkansas office today to schedule a free consultation.
Little Rock, Arkansas criminal defense lawyers defending those accused of sexual crimes
Individuals charged with sex offenses often accept a plea deal to avoid prison time. Even if you are not sentenced to prison, or only have to do a short amount of time, you will likely be labeled and be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. In Arkansas there are four levels of sexual offenders, and each level is meant to categorize the risk the individual person has of re offending. Level 1 and 2 sex offenders are the least likely to re offend and moderately likely to re offend. Levels 3 and 4 are the most serious and designate an individual as someone who is a high risk to re offend and as a violent sexual predator. Any of these labels are serious and will have a significant impact on where you can be employed, where you can live, and may restrict areas you may visit. Information about sexual offenders is available to the public, including information about your offense, your picture, tattoos you may have, and what area you live in. Our attorneys have extensive experience defending individuals against accusations including:
- Child pornography
- Sexual assault
- Sexual abuse
- Statutory rape
- Failure to register as a sex offender
If you have been accused of any one of these crimes then it is important that you contact an attorney immediately. Contact our Little Rock, Arkansas today. We can help you protect your rights.
Arkansas trial lawyers aggressively defending false accusations
Victims might falsely accuse a person of a sex crime for numerous reasons. Sometimes it is an honest mistake, there are instances where one might make false accusations to gain leverage in a divorce or child custody case, and sometimes it is for a vengeful reason. Unfortunately, falsely accusing someone of a sex crime can permanently destroy a person’s career, family, and social standing. If you are falsely accused then the only way to protect your long-term future, privacy, and reputation is to fight the accusations. Going to trial is always a risk, and our attorneys will analyze the evidence against you, acquire expert witnesses, and help you understand the accusations being brought against you. We immediately investigate all aspects of your case such as establishing whether the victim is credible, whether the act was consensual, whether there is physical evidence against you, whether there are witnesses, and if evidence should be suppressed due to improper search and seizure. We take sex crime cases seriously and will do everything possible to defend you from these accusations.