Sex Crime Defense Lawyer in Cincinnati

Sex Crime Defense Lawyer in Cincinnati

Being charged with a sex crime can be a traumatic and life-altering experience, particularly since the consequences of a conviction could have a lasting impact on your personal and professional life. At Moermond & Mulligan, LLC, our dedicated Cincinnati sex crime defense lawyers understand the severity and sensitivity of these accusations. We provide aggressive, skilled, and compassionate legal representation to clients facing state sex crime charges, such as rape, gross sexual imposition (GSI), sexual battery, and other related offenses.

Attorney L. Patrick Mulligan brings more than 35 years of experience and insider knowledge as a former assistant prosecutor to help those accused of sex crimes in Cincinnati. His Board Certification as a specialist in criminal law and recognition among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and inclusion on Super Lawyers® lists demonstrates his commitment to his clients and the results he’s achieved. Attorney Brandon (Brad) Moermond has a successful track record handling cases in both state and federal courts. His extensive trial experience and background as a former prosecutor in the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office make him a formidable advocate for our clients.

At Moermond & Mulligan, LLC, our legal team is dedicated to providing client-centered and well-versed legal services. We understand the complexities and challenges of sex crime cases and are committed to fighting for your rights and achieving the best possible outcome. Contact our experienced Cincinnati sex crime attorneys right away if you’ve been charged with a sex crime, and we’ll provide you with a confidential consultation to discuss the details of your situation and how we could help.

Written By: Moermond & Mulligan, LLC

Last Updated: 01-24-2024

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    Why Do I Need a Lawyer To Defend Me?

    A sex offense conviction can have severe and long-lasting consequences on a person’s life, affecting various aspects of their personal, professional, and social well-being. Some of the potential consequences include:

    • A criminal record – A sex offense conviction results in a criminal record, which can significantly impact future employment, housing, and educational opportunities.
    • Loss of freedom – Convicted sex offenders may face lengthy prison sentences, depending on the severity of the crime, previous criminal history, and other factors.
    • Fines and restitution – Convicted offenders may be required to pay fines and restitution to the victim(s) as part of their sentence.
    • Sex offender registration: Many sex offenses require the offender to register as a sex offender, sometimes for life. This registration may include periodic check-ins with law enforcement, restrictions on where the offender can live, and public notification of their status.
    • Loss of rights – Depending on the jurisdiction, a convicted sex offender may lose certain rights, such as voting, holding public office, or owning firearms.
    • Trouble finding employment – A sex offense conviction can make finding and maintaining employment challenging, as many employers are reluctant to hire individuals with such a record. Some professions may be off-limits due to licensing restrictions or background check requirements.
    • Difficulty finding housing – Securing housing can be challenging for registered sex offenders, as landlords may be unwilling to rent to them, and residency restrictions may limit where they can live.
    • Damage to your reputation – Sex offenders often face social stigma and ostracism from friends, family, and community members, leading to isolation and difficulty forming new relationships.
    • Impact on family – The offender’s family may also experience significant emotional, financial, and social hardships due to the conviction.

    Keep in mind that an allegation or charge is not the same as a conviction. You have the right to defend yourself and with an experienced attorney on your side, you could seek a favorable outcome that minimizes the impact the charges will have on your life.

    Sex Crime Cases We Handle

    Sex crimes involve sexual conduct, sexual contact, or the exploitation of individuals. Under Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 2907, an individual could be charged with the following:

    • Section 2907.02 – Rape
    • Section 2907.03 – Sexual battery
    • Section 2907.04 – Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor
    • Section 2907.05 – Gross sexual imposition
    • Section 2907.06 – Sexual imposition
    • Section 2907.07 – Importuning
    • Section 2907.08 – Voyeurism
    • Section 2907.09 – Public indecency
    • Section 2907.13 – Fraudulent assisted reproduction
    • Section 2907.19 – Commercial sexual exploitation of a minor
    • Section 2907.21 – Compelling prostitution
    • Section 2907.22 – Promoting prostitution
    • Section 2907.23 – Enticement or solicitation to patronize a prostitute; procurement of a prostitute for another
    • Section 2907.231 – Engaging in prostitution
    • Section 2907.24 – Soliciting; solicitation after a positive HIV test
    • Section 2907.241 – Loitering to engage in solicitation – solicitation after a positive HIV test
    • Section 2907.25 – Prostitution – after a positive HIV test
    • Section 2907.31 – Disseminating matter harmful to juveniles
    • Section 2907.311 – Displaying matter harmful to juveniles
    • Section 2907.32 – Pandering obscenity
    • Section 2907.321 – Pandering obscenity involving a minor or impaired person
    • Section 2907.322 – Pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person
    • Section 2907.323 – Illegal use of a minor or impaired person in nudity-oriented material or performance
    • Section 2907.33 – Deception to obtain matter harmful to juveniles
    • Section 2907.34 – Compelling acceptance of objectionable materials
    • Section 2907.38 – Permitting unlawful operation of viewing booths depicting sexual conduct
    • Section 2907.39 – Permitting juvenile on premises of adult entertainment establishment – use of false information to gain entry
    • Section 2907.40 – Illegally operating a sexually oriented business
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    Understanding Sex Offenses and Registration Requirements in Ohio

    Ohio classifies sex offenders into three tiers – Tier I, II, and III – based on severity. Understanding these different tiers and their requirements can help individuals navigate the legal complexities and repercussions of sex offenses in Ohio.

    Tier III encompasses the most serious offenses and carries the most stringent registration requirements, while Tier I represents the least severe offenses with comparatively lenient sentencing obligations. An individual’s tier designation is solely determined by their specific conviction. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office outlines the requirements for adults found guilty of sexually oriented crimes who must register as sex offenders under one of these three tiers.

    All adult sex offender registration lists are publicly available in Ohio. No matter the tier level, all offenders are included in the state’s Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification (ESORN) online database. This system allows anyone with internet access to view the complete list of registered offenders.

    Offenders must register in the county where they live, work, or attend school. If they leave the county, they must register and provide the same information to the local sheriff. This information typically includes home addresses, email addresses, vehicle details, and more.

    The frequency of reporting, however, varies depending on the tier designation. Tier III offenders are the most severe, so they must report every 90 days for the remainder of their lives. They also require community notification, so notices will be mailed to inform the community about the offender’s presence. The court has the discretion to waive this requirement.

    Tier II offenders must register every 180 days for 25 years. Tier I offenders must register annually for 15 years but can petition the court to be removed from the registry after 10 years.

    When Should I Hire a Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer?

    At Moermond & Mulligan, LLC, we understand that facing allegations of a sex crime can be an emotionally challenging and distressing experience. The social stigma and potential legal ramifications associated with sex crime charges are immense. Therefore, hiring an experienced sex crimes defense lawyer is crucial to protecting your rights, freedom, and reputation. Here are some key indicators that it’s time to hire a sex crimes defense lawyer:

    • You’ve been arrested or are investigation – If you’ve been arrested or are under investigation for a sex crime, contact a lawyer right away.
    • You need help with false accusations – Unfortunately, false accusations regarding sex crimes can and do occur. If you believe you’ve been falsely accused, a skilled defense lawyer could work to gather evidence, identify inconsistencies in the accuser’s story, and fight for your rights.
    • You haven’t yet been charged – Even if you haven’t been formally charged, it’s wise to consult with a sex crimes defense lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney could work to prevent charges from being filed, negotiate with prosecutors, or prepare your defense strategy early on.
    • The charges involve children – Allegations involving children, such as child molestation or child pornography, are particularly sensitive and have severe consequences. A sex crimes defense lawyer will be well-versed in the complexities of these cases and could help protect your rights.
    • You have prior convictions – If you have a previous criminal record, including prior sex crime convictions, it’s crucial to seek legal representation to help mitigate the potential consequences and work toward a favorable outcome.
    • You’d like to seek reduced charges or a plea deal – An experienced sex crimes defense lawyer can often negotiate with the prosecution to secure a reduction in charges or a plea deal. By leveraging their expertise and relationships within the legal community, they can work to minimize the penalties you may face.

    Contact Moermond & Mulligan, LLC If You’ve Been Charged With a Sex Crime in Cincinnati

    Moermond & Mulligan, LLC is here to help if you’ve been accused of or charged with a sex crime in Cincinnati. Attorneys L. Patrick Mulligan, Brandon (Brad) Moermond, and the experienced team understand the seriousness of your charges and are ready to provide the aggressive representation you deserve.

    Attorney L. Patrick Mulligan is a Board-Certified Criminal Law Specialist with over 35 years of experience handling criminal cases like yours. Attorney Mulligan leverages his insider knowledge as a former Montgomery County prosecutor to defend his clients. His numerous accolades, such as inclusion on the Super Lawyers® list and among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, demonstrate his experience and commitment to excellence.

    Attorney Brad Moermond brings valuable experience in both state and federal courts, defending clients against a wide range of criminal charges, including sex offenses. Also a former prosecutor with the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, Brad has a deep understanding of the legal system and how the prosecution handles these types of cases.

    At Moermond & Mulligan, LLC, you can trust that our knowledgeable and compassionate team will do all we can to defend your rights and secure the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today for a confidential consultation to discuss how we could help you.


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