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Defend Your Rights & Name Against Sex Offense Accusations

In today's world, few allegations are more stigmatizing than claims of sexual crimes. Police and prosecutors often initiate charges based on incomplete investigations. Media and online news outlets tend to report on the initial sex offense charges but fail to report on the outcome of a case. The stakes are high. Sexual offenses carry weighty prison sentences, registration obligations, and convictions that often can’t be expunged from your criminal record. Sex offenses are often more complicated, implicating scientific evidence, such as DNA, forensic computer analysis, and mental health concerns. In our small communities, it often feels like the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” is lost entirely.

If you have been accused of committing a sex crime, do not wait another day to start protecting your freedoms, rights, and reputation. Get the sex crime attorneys of Shaheen & Gordon in Concord on your side now. Our criminal defense team is comprised of seasoned defense attorneys and former prosecutors. We understand the scientific, computer, constitutional, and mental health issues that often impact these cases and put our knowledge to work defending our clients.

We can defend against any sexual offense crime, such as:

  • Aggravated felonious sexual assault (rape)
  • Felonious sexual assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Solicitation
  • Child pornography crimes
  • Indecent exposure
  • And others

Act right now to defend yourself. Call (603) 819-4231 to talk with our Concord sex crime attorneys.

Before Talking to Anyone, Hire an Attorney

Those things you say really can be used against you. Law enforcement often tries to secure confessions and statements from suspects in sex crime cases before and after an arrest is made. Police and prosecutors rely on a range of tactics to find evidence in sex crime investigations. Depending on the circumstances, they may enlist witnesses or the alleged victim to place recorded phone calls or to take part in recorded in-person conversations with the suspect. They often execute search warrants in the early morning hours to catch a suspect off-guard and then attempt to "interview" the suspect in his or her own home to avoid traditional obligations to first issue Miranda warnings.

As soon as concern surfaces for an allegation of criminal sexual misconduct, you should contact an attorney experienced in these cases to communicate with law enforcement on your behalf.

Speak with our Concord sex crime lawyers right away by dialing (603) 819-4231. Our defense often begins before an arrest is ever made, by working with you to understand the background, potential motives, and evidentiary concerns and then work with you and law enforcement to evaluate whether or not you should cooperate with investigative efforts.

If you are told to speak with the police, consent to a search, or supply information relating to a sex crime, contact Shaheen & Gordon first.

How Are Sex Crimes Defined?

Most sex crimes involve any sexual act that is not consensual. Other sex crimes involve a minor who is legally unable to consent, regardless of what they have expressed. In New Hampshire, the age of consent is 16 years; any sexual act or contact with a minor can constitute a sex crime, regardless of whether the alleged victim consents to it.

The type of sex crime charges against a defendant will depend on the specifics of the sexual acts that allegedly took place. Various factors can also affect the charges, their severity, and the potential criminal penalties.

Factors that can change or elevate a sex crime charge include the following and more:

  • Use of force
  • Age of victim
  • Intoxication of victim
  • Relationship between defendant and accuser

Sex Offender Registration & Other Penalties

If you’re convicted of a sex crime in Concord, you can face jail time, fines, probation, and so on. You can also be required to register with the Sex Offender Registry or Registration of Criminal Offenders in New Hampshire. The duration of your registration can be temporary – with a range of years – or permanent with no chance of removal.

Registered sex offenders in New Hampshire may have problems with:

  • Housing opportunities
  • Employment
  • Bank loans
  • Other situations that need a background check

For many people, the most impactful and damaging penalty used against them after being convicted of a sex crime is the mandatory registration on the Sex Offender Registry. At Shaheen & Gordon, we know as much, and we work diligently to minimize the penalties our clients face, prioritizing case outcomes that minimize or avoid stigmatizing Sex Offender Registry obligations.

Contact Our Firm Now for Sex Crime Defense

Once you engage our legal services, our seasoned Concord sex offense attorneys will swiftly intervene and deal with matters related to bail, no-contact conditions, and the early stages of your criminal proceedings. We will collaborate closely with you to formulate a robust defense strategy by scrutinizing the law enforcement methods, pinpointing evidentiary and scientific issues, and spotting potential constitutional violations. It is imperative to both prepare the case for a potential trial and evaluate negotiated case outcomes, something we work with our clients to understand at all stages of the proceeding.

For decades, our criminal defense team has been defending sexual offenses, understanding the impact on our clients in and out of court. We are familiar with the local legal landscape, advances in science and technology that impact these cases, law enforcement techniques, and the ways in which to minimize the stigmatizing impact of sex crime convictions. Contact our criminal defense attorneys now!

Call (603) 819-4231 to schedule a free, confidential case consultation with our Concord sex crime lawyers.

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