What is a Sex Crime?
A sex crime is an illegal sex act, or illegal form of human sexual behavior, as defined by the state and federal government. People who are convicted of sex crimes are called “sex offenders.” In the state of Washington, all sex offenders must list themselves on the Sex Offender Registry for an indefinite amount of time. This Registry is accessible to the public, which means that future employers, landlords, educational facilities and neighbors will be able to obtain this information.
Frequently Committed Sex Crimes
There are a variety of sex acts that are considered illegal. The following are commonly committed sex crimes in Washington: rape, statutory rape, date rape, lewd conduct, indecent exposure, sexual abuse, sexual assault, child pornography, child molestation, prostitution, pandering, voyeurism and possession and distribution of illegal pornography.
Washington State Sex Crime Legal Penalties
Of all crimes, sexual offenses tend to be the most vigorously prosecuted by law enforcement and district attorneys. Once a person is convicted of a sex offense in Washington, he/she may be punished with:
- Imprisonment, jail time, electronic home monitoring, work release
- Large fines
- Court ordered counseling
- Community service
- Mandatory Sex Offender Registration and public disclosure
- Psycho-sexual counseling
- Sexual deviancy evaluation
- Lie detector tests
- DNA sample
If the defendant is a repeat offender, or if the victim was a minor (person below the legal age of 18), the defendant may be subject to enhanced criminal charges and a longer sentence. Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved in sex crime charges including child molestation, child pornography or rape in Washington State, it is always in a person’s best interest to obtain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who has the legal skills and knowledge of what it takes to successfully fight the government’s sex crime charges. Kannin Law Firm will vigorously defend you.
Hiring an Experienced Sex Crimes Attorney
For more than ten years, Kannin Law Firm P.S. has helped clients contest their Washington State child molestation charges and myriad other sexual offenses and obtain superior results. Our skilled attorneys have years of courtroom experience and we are fully prepared to undertake our clients’ cases. When we work with our clients, we do everything possible to make sure that they receive the attention, resources, and dedicated legal counsel that they deserve.
Serving all of Washington State
For our clients’ convenience, we are in the vicinity of courthouses in Seattle, Shoreline, SeaTac, Burien, Des Moines, Redmond, Tacoma, Lynnwood, Tukwila, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn, Bellevue, Newcastle, Redmond, Everett, Bremerton, and Factoria. We represent clients from King, Pierce, Kitsap and Snohomish counties, as well as all areas of Washington State. We are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you have been charged with any sexual offense, including rape, in Seattle or any area of Washington State, call Kannin Law Firm P.S. at 206.574.0202. Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.