Albuquerque Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers
Sex crimes carry a stigma that goes well beyond that associated with many other crimes, and it takes no more than an accusation to destroy your reputation. When you’ve been accused of a sex crime, even if the allegations are false, you will likely find that you are treated as if you were guilty, even in the absence of proof. You will be made to feel that the presumption of innocence does not apply to those who are accused of sex crimes. Contact a sex crimes attorney in Albuquerque, NM if you or a loved one have been charged with a sex crime.
Punishments for convicted sex offenders are considered by many to be draconian. You’re facing prison time, followed by parole if you’re lucky and manage to avoid civil commitment (indefinite incarceration after completing your sentence). Then, you’ll spend the remainder of your life having to register as a sex offender wherever you live. Your name, photo, charges, and address will be published on the Internet. Every time you apply for a job or a lease and they do a background check, your conviction will appear. You will face housing restrictions and limitations on the type of job you can have. You will lose custody of your children and probably visiting rights as well. You will incur additional penalties if the alleged victim was a minor or if a weapon was used.
Types of Sex Crimes in New Mexico
The sex crime accusations we see most frequently in New Mexico include:
- Rape (criminal sexual penetration or CSP)
- Attempted CSP
- Spousal rape
- Sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact of an adult or minor
- Sexual harassment
- Child molestation
- Sexual exploitation by a therapist
Experience Counts in Defense against Sex Crime Allegations
When you’ve been accused of a sex crime, you need to hire a defense lawyer with extensive experience trying cases involving sexually-related offenses. An experienced Albuquerque defense lawyer that specializes in sex crimes defense will first examine police procedure before, during, and after your arrest to determine if your rights were violated at any point, and will look for grounds to have the charges dismissed. The next step will be to conduct a detailed examination of the evidence and look for weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case.
Because of the nature of a sex crime accusation and the permanency of the penalties and their effect on your life, a plea bargain may be a poor choice, and although it will be your decision if you want to enter into a plea agreement, your sex crime defense lawyer in Albuquerque, NM should be fully prepared for a trial, and should have extensive trial experience.
Particularly in sex crime cases, skill with jury selection is essential. A skilled trial defense attorney will have the ability select jurors who can overcome emotional responses to child sexual abuse allegations and remain open-minded and rational. Your lawyer must be able to call defense witnesses and to effectively cross examine the prosecution’s witnesses and to demonstrate to the jury any possible motivation the accuser may have for making false allegations, in order to create a reasonable doubt that will result in an acquittal. These are abilities that are honed through years of experience, so be sure to hire a lawyer who has done this many times before.
At the New Mexico Criminal Law Offices in Albuquerque, our record speaks for itself: we have more than 22 years of experience effectively defending clients accused of serious crimes, both in and out of court. If you’ve been accused or are about to be accused of a sex-related crime, bring us on board right away for the best outcome. There is no charge for your initial consultation, and payment plans are available. Contact today.