FAQs By Someone Convicted Of A Sex Crime

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FAQs By Someone Convicted Of A Sex Crime

Let’s look at FAQs by someone convicted of a sex crime:

Are Sex Crimes Bondable Offenses?

Yes, they are. The court will set a bond so the person can get out of jail. As with any case, the judge has to look at the risk that they will skip town and not show up to court and the risk of any danger to the public. A more serious or a very high profile crime will have a much higher bond, whereas a less serious crime will have a lower bond.

This is called a personal bond where a person will have to put money up to be released.

How Public Is Someone’s Arrest And Prosecution Going To Be When It Comes To A Sex Crime?

It depends on the seriousness of the crime. If it is something very minor, it is unlikely that any local papers would care but it will be public that the person was charged. Most courts have an online database or an online docket that anyone can search.

If it is a more serious case or if it happens in a smaller community so it is bigger news and there could be some media attention. There are some cities that do prostitution stings where they will put an ad out posing as a prostitute and then arrest all the guys that come to the motel or wherever they have set up. Then there are some communities that will post the names of everybody arrested in the newspaper. So, it is very possible that it could be public.

What Happens In Cases Where The Accuser May Allege That This Happened When They Were A Child?

These cases are difficult to prove for the prosecution without any evidence, so they are pretty difficult and the longer it goes, the more difficult it is. If those cases go to trial, it really becomes a question of who the jury believes more. Do they believe the accuser who remembers this from many years ago or not?

If there is physical evidence, that certainly helps the prosecutor but that does not mean the case is easy. In Cleveland, there is a backlog of raped kids that were never processed. Some of them have been twenty years old now and their crime lab is just starting to process them and in some cases, they pick up hits from the DNA database and they charge these people with a crime that was committed over twenty years ago.

The legislature also increased the statute of limitations. It was twenty years and now that some of these defendants are getting dismissed because their crimes were committed more than twenty years ago, which is a long time. The legislature actually added another five years on to the statute of limitations just so the court would have more time to process these old rape kids.

If you have been Convicted With A Sex Crime, call the law office of Attorney Matthew Bangerter for an initial consultation at  (440) 340-1740 or visit our office 4124 Erie Street Willoughby, OH 44094 and get the information and legal answers you’re seeking.