A Sex Crime Conviction Can Destroy Your Life
A sex crime conviction is a heavy mark on your criminal record. Some say the worst part of being a convicted sex offender is not the jail time, but the public response. As a convicted sex offender you may even be required to register as a sex offender wherever you life for the rest of your life. You cannot afford to contact an attorney out of the phone book. Trust the Tacoma legal team of Harry Steinmetz and Ned Jursek with your sex crime defense. Contact J&S Law for a free evaluation of your case before you talk to the police.
Experienced, Non-Judgmental Tacoma Sex Crimes Lawyer
J&S Law is experienced at representing those accused of sex offenses throughout Pierce County and Washington State. They handle many different types of cases and understand the repercussions of a conviction. It is crucial that you understand all your legal options before making a decision. The firm makes a point of explaining all possible scenarios and outcomes. They defend clients suspected of many different crimes, including:
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Rape/date rape
- Statutory rape/rape of a child
- Sexual assault on a child
- Child pornography charges
- Child molestation
- Juvenile sex crimes
- Lewd behavior
- Public indecency
- Failure to register
- Sexual exploitation of a minor
- Internet solicitation
Sentencing for Sex Crimes and Washington's Two Strikes Rule
The Washington State Legislature has raised the stakes substantially for persons convicted of sex offenses.
Washington State has a strict two-strike law. If you are convicted on two separate occasions of certain sex felonies, you can be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Washington State has indeterminate sentencing for certain major sex offenses. After serving the sentence imposed by a judge, the Indeterminate Sentence Review board will hold a hearing to determine if you can be released. You could spend the rest of you life in prison, despite the fact that a judge only sentenced you for a few years.
For certain crimes you could be on Community Custody (Parole/Probation) for the rest of your life. For any sexual felony, you can be placed on Community Custody for a minimum of 36 months.
Furthermore, there is a 25-year minimum sentence for major offenses, such as first and second-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation, if the state makes the special allegation that the offense was predatory.
State law also mandates a 25-year minimum prison sentence when the victim is younger than 15 years old in cases of:
- First and second-degree rape
- Indecent liberties by forcible compulsion
- First-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation
The 25-year minimum jail term also applies to certain major sex crimes involving a special allegation regarding a victim who is:
- Developmentally disabled
- Mentally disordered
- A frail senior citizen
- A vulnerable adult
If convicted, you may also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
The firm helps you to understand your case and all the legal options available to you. If you are suspected of a sex crime, please contact our law firm immediately.
Contact J&S Law, Experienced Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys
At J&S Law, we offer cost-effective legal counsel to those charged with sex offenses. We work diligently on your case and keep you informed of all options and developments. Contact our Tacoma law firm today for a free initial consultation.