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Cincinnati Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers: Tenacious Legal Advocacy When It Matters Most

When facing a sex crime accusation, the stakes are incredibly high. A mere allegation can turn your world upside down, impacting your reputation, relationships, career and freedom.

These offenses are among the most challenging to defend. Prosecutors and law enforcement take an aggressive stance toward investigating and prosecuting them. Often, the prosecutors who handle these serious cases are hard-hitters with extensive experience under their belts. You need to level the playing field and need a defense team that understands what you’re going through and can provide the robust defense you deserve.

Why You Can Count On Us At This Critical Juncture

You will find the powerhouse defense team you need at Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima. As skilled sex crime defense attorneys in Cincinnati, we will bring over 200 years of combined experience to your case. That experience encompasses all levels of sex offenses in Ohio. We have successfully defended many clients in high-profile criminal cases, achieving dismissals, charge reductions and “not guilty” verdicts even when the odds were stacked against us.

As a result of our skills and dedication, we’ve earned numerous awards and national recognition. We have a vast network of resources at our disposal, and we pride ourselves on getting to know you and your case personally.

Our promise to you is simple: We will take every necessary step to protect your rights and your future. When everything is on the line, count on us with confidence and peace of mind.

What Are The Common Sex Offenses In Cincinnati?

In Cincinnati and throughout Ohio, sex offenses encompass a wide range of illegal acts. Common charges include:

  • Rapenonconsensual sexual intercourse, often involving force or threat of force
  • Sexual battery and sexual imposition – nonconsensual sexual contact
  • Importuning – soliciting sexual activity from someone who is underage or has a mental or physical disability
  • Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor (statutory rape) – sexual conduct with a minor who is under age 16
  • Child enticement with sexual motivation – luring a child for the purpose of committing a sexual offense
  • Displaying material harmful to juveniles – showing or providing minors with material that is deemed harmful because of its sexual nature
  • Pandering obscenity – creating, distributing, selling or purchasing obscene material
  • Prostitution and solicitation – engaging in or soliciting sexual activity for hire
  • Public indecency – exposing one’s genitals or engaging in sexual conduct in public
  • Felonious assault with sexual motivation – assaulting someone with a deadly weapon or causing serious harm with a sexual motive
  • Menacing by stalking with sexual motivation – repeatedly following or harassing someone with a sexual motive
  • Murder with sexual motivation – killing another person with a sexual motive
  • Kidnapping with sexual motivation – abducting someone with the intent of committing a sexual offense

Ohio law categorizes sex offenses into different tiers, with certain offenses mandating sex offender registration.

What Constitutes A Sex Crime?

A sex crime in Ohio is defined as any illegal act that involves forced or nonconsensual sexual conduct against another person. It also includes related charges such as public indecency and obscenity.

What Are The Possible Penalties For Sex Crime Convictions In Cincinnati?

The penalties for sex crime convictions in Cincinnati can be severe. Depending on the type of charge, you may be facing:

  • A lengthy prison sentence
  • Long-term probation
  • Hefty fines and restitution
  • Mandatory sex offender registration

A conviction is a heavy burden to bear. Along with the criminal penalties, you will also face the social stigma of being labeled a sex offender. This stigma comes with lifelong challenges, such as difficulties in finding employment, education or housing.

What Are The Possible Defenses For Sex Crimes?

Crafting a defense for a sex crime charge requires a deep understanding of the law and a personalized approach to each case. Some possible defenses include:

  • Consent – casting doubt on the prosecution’s allegation that the sexual activity was nonconsensual
  • Lack of credibility – challenging the credibility of the accuser or witnesses, especially in “he said versus she said” cases
  • Alibi – showing that you were somewhere else at the time of the alleged offense
  • Insufficient evidence – undermining and pinpointing holes in the prosecution’s evidence against you
  • False accusations – uncovering motives or inconsistencies that suggest the accusations are not truthful

It’s important to remember that the prosecution has the burden of proof. They must establish beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the offense in accordance with all the statutory elements established by Ohio law. You don’t have to prove anything, but the stronger your evidence and legal arguments, the better your chances of a favorable outcome.

What Are The Sex Offender Registration Requirements?

For certain sex offenses in Ohio, mandatory sex offender registration is a reality that can disrupt your life long after serving a sentence. Depending on the nature of your conviction, you may have to register every six or 12 months for a decade or more. Some offenses require registration every 90 days for the rest of your life. You may also have to report your whereabouts, contact information, vehicle registration and other personal details to law enforcement.

These burdensome requirements can also limit where you live, work and spend time. They may involve notifying neighbors whenever you change residences. Talk to our lawyers about sex offender registration requirements and how they may impact you.

Contact Us: Your Future Depends On It

If you or a loved one is facing sex crime charges, don’t wait to get a trusted defense team in Hamilton County on your side. Call 513-496-0134 or send us an email to start protecting yourself and your future.

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