Sex crimes are considered some of the most heinous crimes out there, and sex crimes against children are the worst of the worst. If you are accused of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18 then you could be facing lifetime consequences that will impact every single area of your life. If you are convicted of this crime then you could be facing a hefty dose of fines, lengthy jail and prison terms, and a lifetime listing on a sex offender registry and/or child abuse and neglect registry. All of this could impact your future job opportunities, housing options, and options for other major life decisions. If the allegations are against a child in your care then it could even impact your long-term rights to custody and visitation. The list of potential impact is endless. Sex crimes against children are also some of the hardest to remove once they have been put on your record.
Do not let yourself fall into a hole of lasting misfortune.
Working with a dedicated, experienced attorney can help make sure that you get the chance you deserve to defend the charges and keep your record clean. An attorney will walk you through the entire process:
- Initial Court Appearances – Don’t plead to something you don’t understand. An attorney can explain your options and make sure you have a plan of action before you attend your first court appearances. The choices you make early on will impact the rest of your case.
- Trial – If your case goes to trial then you want a tireless advocate who will work to protect your life and your rights by defending you aggressively. An experienced lawyer will do everything possible to make sure that you are treated fairly and make the best decisions for your long-term future.
- The Domino Effect – Child sex abuse charges tend to create a “domino effect” of other problems such as child custody and visitation, voting rights, financial benefits, employment discrimination, and parallel charges in other branches of the court system. Some of these happen automatically while others can catch you by surprise when you are least expecting them. Many of these issues may arise while your main criminal case is still pending, creating a rather long list of legal problems that can pile up very quickly. A lawyer who is experienced in working with these issues will provide you with holistic help in all areas of your life so that your hard work does not go spoiled by an accidental decision somewhere else.
- Tangential Cases – If you have any other charges or cases pending when a child sex abuse charge is filed then your other cases may be impacted as well. This is particularly true if you are currently on probation and/or parole and are obligated to follow certain rules and guidelines. An attorney can help you work with all of these issues together rather than you having to sort through them one at a time on your own.
Working with a lawyer who is dedicated to serving you is the best way to make sure that a charge for annoying or molesting a child under 18 does not impact every area of your life for the rest of your life. As licensed attorneys experienced in these sensitive issues, we at Raiser & Kenniff, PC, are here to fight for you. Schedule a free consulation with one of our dedicated attorneys to talk about your case and see how we can help. Contact us by phone 24/7 at 212-274-0900 or online.