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What qualifies as a sex crime?

Sex-related crimes are some very serious crimes since they are considered crimes against a person. When you or someone you love is facing sex-related crimes, it is critical that you understand exactly what qualifies as a sex crime.

What are some sex-related crimes?

Rape is a very serious sex-related crime. Sexual assault, molestation of a child, sexual abuse of a child, indecent exposure, sexual exploitation of a minor, incest, prostitution and failing to register as a sex offender when required are some other sex-related crimes. Each of these crimes has specific elements that must be present if a person is going to face criminal charges.

Who is considered a sex offender?

A sex offender is a person who has been convicted of certain sex crimes. In some cases, sex offenders are required to register with law enforcement officials when they are released into the community after serving their prison sentence.

How are sex-related crimes charged?

Sex-related crimes can be charged as state-level crimes or federal-level crimes, depending on the circumstances. One example of a sex-related crime that might be charged on a federal level is the production or distribution of child pornography. Generally, interstate sex-related crimes are charged on a federal level.

If you are facing any sex-related crimes, you should make sure that you understand the elements of the specific charge you are facing. Once you know your charges, you can move toward building your defense. Getting an early start on your defense can help you to have time to consider all the options that you have available to you.

Source: FindLaw, "Sex Offenders and Sex Offenses: Overview," accessed Dec. 22, 2015

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