Telling Your Side Of The Story After Sex-Related Charges

Winter Law OfficeThere is a special stigma in our society for those accused of sex crimes, and that stigma can even extend to those simply facing an accusation of such crimes. In order to protect your reputation, your liberty and your criminal record, it is crucial to work with an experienced lawyer who can stand up for your rights and ensure that you receive due process in the criminal justice system.

At Winter Law Office, P.C., we believe that every person accused of a crime has a right to have his or her side of the story heard. Private interactions are often ambiguous, and it is easy for one person to misunderstand the other's intentions. We work hard to distinguish accusations that can be proven from those for which there is no evidence. We also make sure that your civil rights are respected throughout the legal process — if law enforcement officers have searched your home, vehicle or your computer, we will make sure they had the legal authority to do so.

A sex crime conviction can mean registering as a sex offender for the rest of one's life. This is a serious punishment, but a strong legal defense is the best way to avoid this consequence when possible.

A Strong Defense — Sexual Assault And Contraband Charges In South Dakota

Sexual assault includes a broad category or charges, from unwanted touching to rape. Alcohol and other impairments can make it impossible for one party to legally consent to sex, putting the other party at risk of assault charges if sex does occur. Based on the details of your case, we will analyze whether a victim was believed without corroboration or evidence.

This category also includes statutory rape, which addresses the ages of sexual actors. The age of consent in South Dakota is 16; if one party is between the ages of 13 and 16 and the other is more than three years older, under the law this is considered statutory rape.

The possession of contraband media, such as child pornography, is also a sex-related offense. Part of our job is to retrace the steps taken by law enforcement to ensure that your computer was accessed legally.

Work With An Experienced Sex Crimes Defense Attorney

Sex offenses carry a deep stigma, but it's possible to avoid that stigma with a careful legal strategy that conveys events from your perspective and seeks to identify missteps by law enforcement and prosecutors.

Winter Law Office, P.C., offers compassionate criminal defense representation. Schedule a free consultation in our Rapid City office: call 605-646-2707 or send us an email to get started.