Tulsa, Oklahoma Sexual Assault Charges
In addition to hefty penalties, sex crimes are typically emotionally charged cases that carry a social stigma as well as hefty legal penalties. As a result, it is imperative to have a qualified criminal defense attorney by your side even if you’re merely under investigation for a sex crime. Having one of the attorneys of the Edge Law Firm acting on your behalf even before charges are filed against you will ensure that your rights are protected from the very beginning.
Rape is perhaps the best known of the sex crimes under Oklahoma law. Rape is also referred to as sexual assault. Regardless of whether you refer to this crime as rape or sexual assault, it is a felony under Oklahoma law. The punishment for first-degree rape includes a sentence of five years to life imprisonment in the Oklahoma State penitentiary. The punishment for second-degree rape ranges from one year to 15 years imprisonment in prison. Although sexual battery is a lesser crime than sexual assault or rape, it is still considered a felony under Oklahoma law. It consists of intentional touching, mauling or feeling of a body party—including a person’s private parts—in a lewd and lascivious manner without the victim’s consent. Sexual battery is punishable by up to ten years imprisonment in the state penitentiary.
Sex Crimes and Children
Oklahoma law is particularly severe when it comes to punishment for sex crimes that involve children as the victims. Anyone who has sexual relations with a child under the age of 16 or even makes an indecent proposal to such a child can be punished with at least three years behind bars in the State Penitentiary. If the victim is less than 12 years old, the minimum prison time is increased to 25 years. An individual convicted of a sex crime against a child must register as a sex offender.
Internet Sex Crimes
In response to the continued growth of Internet use and ever-increasing avenues to access the Web, Oklahoma has enacted a specific law for internet sex crimes. Any person who facilitates or solicits sexual conduct with a minor through the use of communication technology can be punished with a fine up to $10,000 and up to 10 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary.
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Sex crimes are serious legal matters that require the assistance of one of the qualified criminal defense attorneys of the Edge Law Firm. If you are facing a sex crimes charge, contact the Edge Law Firm by callingour office or by filling out our online form now for a free analysis of your case.