Tipton County Sex Crimes Attorneys
A sex crime conviction could have lasting impacts on the rest of your life. You could face many years in jail, hefty fines, and required registration as a sex offender. With over 40 years of combined experience, our team at Huffman Mason Raynor Stowers Attorneys can build an airtight defense and represent you aggressively in trial.
What Constitutes a Sex Crime?
Sex crimes that are punishable by Tennessee law include:
- Statutory rape
- Rape of a child
- Sexual battery
Rape is defined as the sexual penetration of a victim using force or coercion without the victim's consent or while the victim is mentally or physically incapacitated. Statutory rape is the sexual penetration of a victim between the ages of 13 and 14 by a defendant 4-10 years older or of a victim between the ages of 15 and 17 and a defendant 5-10 years older.
Note that Tennessee has a Romeo and Juliet exemption for consensual sexual acts between a minor who is 13 years or older and a defendant who is less than 4 years older.
Penalties and Sentencing
Rape and aggravated sexual battery are considered a Class B Felony with 8-30 years in prison and a fine up to $25,000. Those convicted of sexual battery and statutory rape (Class E felony) can face 1-6 years of jail time and up to $3,000 in fines. Further, note that almost all convicted sex offenders will appear on the national sex offender registry.
Some arguments you could make to defend your case could be:
- Showing that the person did consent
- Showing there was no force used
- Claiming innocence proven by an alibi
- cCaiming insanity (you didn’t understand the sexual conduct was illegal)
Facing Sex Crime Charges in Covington?
If you have been charged with a sex crime, you should seek legal counsel immediately. The consequences of a sex crime conviction could dramatically impact your life beyond a prison sentence. Our legal team at Huffman Mason Raynor Stowers Attorneys can take on your case and develop an aggressive defense against your charge.