Sex-related crimes are heavily stigmatized in our society. Unfortunately, that means that law enforcement, prosecutors and the public aren't always rational about them. In many cases, "the court of public opinion" decides, based on gender or perception of unequal power relationships, long before a real court can hear the evidence. If you're accused of rape or another sex crime, you need the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney who can focus attention solely on the facts.

Sex-Related Crimes

Alabama state law defines several sex crimes, which can be broadly divided into:

  • Rape and other types of sexual assault on an adult
  • Sexual abuse of a child and other child-related sex crimes
  • Prostitution-related charges
  • Indecent exposure, public lewdness and other "nuisance" sex charges

First-degree rape is intercourse by force, intercourse with someone who is physically helpless or mentally incapacitated, or intercourse by anyone age 16 or older with a child younger than 12. It is a Class A felony. Second-degree rape is intercourse with anyone who cannot consent because he or she is "mentally defective." Second-degree rape is also Alabama's statutory rape law, charged against anyone age 16 or older who has intercourse with a minor between the ages of 12 and 16, but only if the age difference is two years or more. It is a Class B felony. Sexual misconduct covers intercourse by fraud or artifice, and is a Class A misdemeanor.

Any other type of non-consensual sexual contact may be charged as sexual torture, a Class A felony, or first-degree or second-degree sexual abuse, which follows the sentencing and conditions for rape.

Molestation of a child is charged as rape in Alabama; sexual abuse of a child is defined as any non-intercourse sexual conduct with a child under 12. However, Alabamans take child molestation very seriously; you can expect prosecutors to ask for the maximum possible sentence. Furthermore, any child-related sex charges involving the internet are likely to be charged under federal law, which provides very harsh penalties, including decades in prison and confiscation of money and property authorities believe is related to the crime.

Indecent exposure and public lewdness laws prohibit the public display of genitals and are misdemeanors. Prostitution laws apply to suppliers, customers and "pimps," and range from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class B felony, depending on the age of the people involved, the size of the business and the degree of consent.

Assertive Sex Crimes Defense

If you're facing sex-related charges, your reputation, your freedom and your future are at stake. Don't say a word to authorities until you've spoken to defense attorney Steven D. Eversole. The Eversole Law Offices understands that the "he said, she said" nature of sex crimes sometimes leads to false accusations or unfair trials. We will work to reduce or eliminate your charges to fit the facts and defend you vigorously, using experts or investigators where necessary to prove your side of the story.

For a free consultation about your case and your legal rights, contact the Eversole Law Offices today.

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Birmingham, Jefferson County including Bessemer, Homewood, Hoover, Irondale, Leeds, Mountain Brook, Trussville, and Vestavia Hills, Shelby County (including Pelham, Alabaster, Chelsea, Calera), Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Huntsville, Calhoun County including Anniston, Etowah County including Boaz and Gadsden, Cullman County including Arab and Cullman, Madison County including Huntsville and Madison, Montgomery County including Montgomery, and all of Alabama.

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