The State of Nevada is cracking down on sex offenses. Even in cases where it is simply one individual’s word against another. Some offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences, which could result in a significant amount of time in prison. And, if convicted, prison is only the beginning. Often times, there are other requirements in sex offense cases, including lifetime registration as a sex offender.
An allegation of sexual assault or lewd behavior is an extremely serious charge which can have life changing consequences – even if an individual is later acquitted. Not only is the punishment for these types of crimes severe, but often times, these crimes can involve mistaken or even false allegations. Additionally, if a case involves a child, the public outcry for just punishment can place a high demand on prosecutors to get a conviction. Moreover, plea negotiations can often be hindered if the alleged victim is a child. The result – a greater increase for wrongful convictions.
Often times, the State will proceed to trial even if there is an uncorroborated statement from the alleged victim. Individuals with clean records and significant personal and professional achievement in life may find themselves in a position facing twenty years or more in prison based upon an accusation of sexual assault or the like. Even if ultimately given a grant of probation, an individual convicted of sexual assault or similar crimes will still likely have to register as a sex offender and may have to enter and complete a sex offender treatment program.
Sexual assault charges are serious and require an aggressive, experienced, educated and professional criminal defense attorney. Bellon & Maningo, Ltd., has extensive experience representing individuals charged with sexual assault or other sex offenses.
The attorney’s of Bellon & Maningo, Ltd., will be by your side to vigorously defend your legal rights throughout all stages of the criminal process, including: