Sex Offenses Attorney in Arkansas
What is classified as a sexual offense?
Sex offenses are some of the most serious crimes in Arkansas. Usually, when someone is arrested for this type of offense, they’re arrested on a warrant. This means that someone told law enforcement that the individual committed a sex offense, and then law enforcement uses that information to get an arrest warrant from a Judge.
If you ever hear of any sex offense allegations against yourself – even if it’s just from a friend, family member, pastor, DHS, etc. – you need to call a sex crime lawyer in Arkansas immediately. Don’t make any statements, consent to any searches, or discuss the allegations with anyone if you haven’t hired a sex offense attorney. With these types of cases, it’s important to get as far ahead of them as you can.
Besides prison time, the conviction of any sex crime in Arkansas comes with mandatory sex offender registration (SOR). Being on the SOR is a heavy task to comply with. You have to register where you live, the car you drive, any phone numbers you use, any social media ID’s you use, and you may have restrictions on computer/internet use. If you don’t comply with the requirements of the SOR, you can be charged with a new offense that carries up to 10 years in prison.
Anyone on the SOR can petition to the Court for removal after 15 years. However, people with an aggravated sex offense or multiple convictions for sex offenses can be registered for life. For convicted sex offenses, being placed on the SOR is mandatory. For some non-sexual offenses, SOR is up to the Court. Since these charges can be complicated, it’s smart to call a sex offense attorney in Arkansas immediately if you’ve heard of possible allegations against you.
Rape and sexual assault are (simply put) improper sexual intercourse, activity, and/or contact between a person and another person. Since there are so many levels of sexual offenses in Arkansas, what a person is charged with usually depends on the level of contact.
Child Pornography is the possession of sexually explicit material involving children. These cases involve expert eyewitnesses, computer experts, internet experts, etc. This is a Class C felony and can be punished with 3 to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.