Being charged with a crime in Massachusetts can affect your reputation and your standing in the community. Being charged with a sex crime, particularly one involving a minor, is still more damaging. And being convicted of a sex crime will follow you, in various ways, for the rest of your life. That is why, if you find yourself facing a charge on a sex-related crime, you must secure the best help as quickly as possible. It is essential to protecting your liberty, your livelihood, and your relationships.
Types of Sex Crimes in Massachusetts
Though some crimes are clearly more serious than others, Massachusetts takes all types of sex offenses seriously, both in terms of prosecuting and in punishing the convicted. By the same token, to Attorney Fasoldt, there is no such thing as a “minor” sex offense. No matter what the charge, we give our all to making sure you have the most thorough defense possible against offenses including:
Certain sexual offenses can be charged in federal court (Child Porn offenses, in particular) as well as state court, and may subject convicted offenders to increased penalties.
What’s at Risk
If you’re charged with a sexual offense, you already know that you could be facing serious jail or prison time. You are probably aware that there will be a financial cost in terms of fines and possibly restitution. You could face court-ordered counseling or community service. And of course, convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender Registration Board (SORB).
If you are convicted and your sex offense is particularly serious (or if you have a history of sexual offending), the District Attorney’s office may choose to try to have you committed as a Sexually Dangerous Person (SDP). If committed as a SDP you will be held in a secure prison-like facility (operated by the Massachusetts Department of Correction) for up to life. Attorney Henry Fasoldt has experience representing people in SDP cases.
Even if you are not incarcerated, your life will never be the same after a conviction. You may face restrictions on where you can live due to your conviction. Potential employers will be able to access information about your conviction, as will prospective friends and romantic partners, and the public at large–neighbors, co-workers, parents of your children’s friends.
Protect Your Future
With so much at stake, you need a Boston defense attorney who is not only committed to your case but has the skill to defeat the charges against you. Boston sex crime attorney Henry Fasoldt is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has significant experience representing individuals accused of sex crimes. Contact our office to learn how we can support you in your fight against the charges you are facing.
What is Statutory Rape? See answer here
Massachusetts sex offense laws are strict, particularly the laws surrounding statutory rape. To begin with, in Massachusetts “statutory rape” is called “Rape of a Child.” The title itself is prejudicial and inflammatory. In reality, a person whom has sex with a 15-year-old can be charged with Rape of a Child, even if that person is 16 years old. This law is addressed in my blog post.
Attorney Henry Fasoldt has represented many people charged with statutory rape.
What are some of the defenses available to a Rape charge?
The defenses, or defense theories, available depend on the specifics of your case. For instance, a defense based on the theory of “consent” is likely if the government alleges that you and another person had sex while the other person was highly intoxicated (in the opinion of the government, the other person was too impaired to give consent). In another situation, you insist that you never actually touched the other person; in that instance the theory would likely be defense that “it (sex) did not happen, at all.”
What are some of the defenses available to a Child Porn charge?
The type of defenses available are dictated by the specifics of your case. Just remember, in order to prove the case against you the government must be able to place you behind the computer (phone, tablet, etc).
Attorney Henry Fasoldt has represented many people charged with child porn offenses.
If you or a loved one is facing a sex offense, call a lawyer experienced in representing people charged with sex crimes, Attorney Henry Fasoldt.