Because of their particularly devastating impact on the lives of victims, sexually based crimes are among the most horrible crimes to be charged with. If you have become entangled in such a legal predicament you will not only be facing severe penalties for such behavior, but there will also be serious social stigma and many other consequences to face in the future. For this reason, it is absolutely essential that you retain the best Boise Sex Crimes Attorney from Hooper Law Offices to prepare your defense.
No matter the charges be they rape, child abuse or molestation, sexual battery, indecent exposure, or any other form of a similar nature, you must be confident that your legal representation has the grit and determination to present your case. You will be facing a considerable uphill battle as the local law enforcement and legal system for many practical purposes will assume you are guilty. Therefore, you will need a skilled criminal defense firm in Boise, ID on your side, who can make these overzealous parties see reason.
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Types of Cases We Handle
We represent have experience representing clients charged with:
Lewd & Lascivious Conduct with a Minor
In the state of Idaho, the crime of lewd and lascivious behavior is considerably broad. But, it can be used to encompass most sexually inappropriate actions that involve children under the age of 16. If you have been charged with such a crime your best chance of escaping this situation with your good name in-tact is a top Boise Sex Crimes Lawyer from Hooper Law Firm.
Molestation and Child Pornography
Molestation cases in Idaho typically encompass the following types of charges (Lewd Conduct with a Minor, Sexual Abuse of a Child, Sexual Battery of a Minor Child, Enticing of Children). A conviction for a crime of this magnitude can leave your professional, social and public name in ruins and also greatly harm those you love and care about. Don’t be the victim of such a scathing accusation. If you have been unjustly accused of this crime, call a molestation defense lawyer at the law offices of Hooper Law Now.
Many other law firms will shy away from representing crimes of a sexual nature, but our sex crimes lawyers will fight aggressively for your rights because sex cases are the types of cases that are ripe for false accusations. Unfortunately they are also the cases where prison sentences and other penalties are the most severe. We are dedicated to giving our clients the best shot in court. We also have the dedication and experience in sex crimes to do just that. If you have been accused of this crime, we are the team that is willing and capable to fight for you in the court of law.
Sexual Battery of a Minor
The laws are getting tighter and in the case of a minor, consent is not even a factor. In the case of charges for Sexual Battery of a Minor Child Sixteen or Seventeen Years of age, if there is a 5-year difference between the offender and a victim who is 16 or 17 years old, the sexual battery may be included in the charge and can carry with it a prison term of up to 25 years. For example under Idaho Code 18-1508, if a 23 year old participates in most types of sexual conduct with a 17 year old, the 23 year old could be charged with a significant felony facing 25 years in prison. Additionally, the 23 year old would be subject to Sex Offender Registration.
Statutory rape in Idaho is divided into two different sections. There is a section that defines this crime as sexual intercourse with anyone under the age of 16 if the perpetrator is 18 or older (Idaho Code 18-1601(1)). Then, there is an age provisional gap that makes it illegal for a 16 or 17 year old to have consensual sexual intercourse if the partner is 3 years older in age Idaho Code 18-1601(2). For example, if a 16 year old has consensual intercourse with a 20 year old, this would be considered statutory rape. We have the skills to defend all statutory rape charges.
Enticing a Minor Child Over the Internet
There are specific punishments for those that entice a child into sexual communication over the internet or other communication medium. This crime involves someone over the age of 18 communicating with someone who is or who they believe is under 15 into committing some sort of sexual activity. This is specifically geared toward those who will use the internet and web-connected communications to reach out and convince a child to do something sexually oriented. It does not require the victim to actually take part in the conduct, the solicitation of the the conduct is enough. This crime carries with it a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and sex offender registration.
Potential Defenses Against Sex Crime Charges in Boise, Idaho
The state may charge you with any of the sex crimes in the book. But, before they can convict you they must be able to prove each element of the crime. We will investigate the case against you thoroughly and find every way possible to challenge the case. This could be through the statements of the alleged victim and/or the statements of other witnesses.
A defense against sex crimes may be based on such factors as:
- Inappropriately misleading witness interviews by law enforcement or other accusers
- Mistaken identity or a faulty suspect lineup
- False accusations
- Witness, police, or prosecution bias
- Faulty forensic testing methods and conclusions
- False witness testimony
The question of consent will play a pivotal role in many sex crime cases. A defendant may admit engaging in a sexual act but because the act was consensual it was not a crime. It is often the case that the allegations put forward by the alleged victim will change as the case progresses. As the case reaches a closer trail date the full gravity of the sex crime case becomes more apparent and sometimes the story changes after this.
Cases of sex crimes committed against under-aged victims are similar to “strict liability” offenses this means that consent is irrelevant since an under-aged person is incapable of giving consent for a sexual act.
In the end, sex crime cases will often come down to which of the two stories is more believable. It is often possible to convince the justice system that the charges can be lowered to a lesser offense and the sentence commensurately lightened as well. If the case made by the state does not hold up, the case against you can be completely dropped or defeated altogether.
In other cases, your professional sex crimes lawyer will advise you to accept a plea that can serve your best interests. In such a case they’ll take the time to help you understand the full measure of consequences for the legal choices you will have to make.
No matter what the outcome, your professional sex crime lawyers at Hooper Law Firm will set their skill, experience, and determination behind your case and pursue the best outcome possible to help you out every step of the way.
A Proactive Approach To Sex Offenses
We are well connected with all categories of the criminal justice system and can use our connections to get ahead of the problem. We can request that the prosecutor allow us to explain the case before the arrest is made. There may be a chance that the case can be dismissed from the start or a reduction of charges can be worked out after we present your side of certain facts that may have been missing from the story they received. We can also work to keep the publicity of the case as quiet as possible to avoid damaging your reputation with this type of case.
We will work at every stage of the case to assert your rights and defenses. Our legal team has experience in successfully bringing many cases in this category to a satisfactory resolution. We will do all we can to challenge the search warrants, scrutinize the testimonies of witnesses, and examine all other aspects of the case to avoid or reduce punishments.
Why Do I Need a Sex Crime Lawyer?
If you have become entangled in a sex crime case, it is very important that you retain the services of a qualified sex crime attorney. It will not be enough to hire a regular lawyer or just accept the public defender. While these lawyers will do their best to help you, there is just so much about sex crimes that only an experienced lawyer practicing sex crime defense law will fully understand.
Another important reason you will want to have a an experienced sex crimes lawyer in your corner for a case like this is that the category of sexual crimes in itself is very different from other areas of the law. For example, there are many harsher penalties and consequences, such as sex offender registration that are attached to sex crimes, and there are many other complex factors that will have to be considered as well. When the stakes are this high, it is important to have a lawyer who is perfectly suited to your case and can help you obtain the best possible outcome for you.
What Can a Sex Crimes Lawyer Do for Me?
A qualified sex crime legal defense will allow you the best chance to achieve some kind of favorable outcome in what could otherwise be a serious predicament. How? A sex crime lawyer has the experience in dealing with these cases and has helped many before you avoid or lessen the impact of these accusations and can help clear your name. They’ll be able to apply their experience to help you prepare a defense that is perfectly suited to your specific needs.
For example, one of the important components of our defense practices at Hooper Law Offices will come from working closely with forensic experts and investigators. We can build a strong case supported by forensic experts who can bolster the strength of the case in your favor.
If the findings of our forensic experts indicate that you are not the type of individual who is a threat to society and can be expected to continue committing these crimes, this can go a long way in helping your case. A forensic psychologist will prepare a report of their findings and submit it to our legal team who will decide whether to submit it to the case as evidence. If needed, the psychologist will be called to testify and explain their findings to the court.
Another important way that a sex crime lawyer will be very different from another type of lawyer is their capacity to attack the reliability of the victim themselves. Most often, these cases are a case of one person’s word against another’s and by establishing doubt in the credibility of the victim’s story the case could be overturned.
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Our team of sex crimes lawyers will work to convince the jury that the victim’s allegations are not accurate or even completely false altogether and that the story cannot be trusted. At the same time, we will make sure the prosecutors, judges and other necessary personnel have the opportunity to see you as the person you are and not just what the accusations say about you.