Criminal Law Specialist & Sex Offense Lawyer
Steps to Take
The accusation that you may have committed a sex offense is the most serious in criminal law. The punishments include prison time, oftentimes mandatory sex offender registration, the loss of employment, and more.
But there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
First, do not discuss the allegations or any actions you may have taken with anyone, except your defense lawyer.
Second, do not consent to any searches of your home, your car, your cell phone, or your computers. If police ask to search, politely insist that they obtain a warrant.
Third, seek the advice of a professional: a lawyer like us who has handled hundreds of similar cases, who has tried cases like these, and who has been certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law.
Choosing Your Lawyer
Police are working hard to investigate these allegations, and build a case against you. It’s now your decision to choose a lawyer who can help you avoid charges, prepare for a potential prosecution, and gather evidence in your support.
The goal is to avoid charges, defend against a criminal conviction, and, if necessary, help lessen the punishment you potentially face.
Choosing a lawyer who has been certified as a Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law in North Carolina ensures that your attorney is one of the two dozen in Raleigh who has passed the North Carolina State Bar’s specialization program.
Defending a sex offense case requires an aggressive and detailed approach that requires a lawyer who has seen hundreds of similar cases and who has successfully defended these cases in state and federal courts.
In cases involving sexual assault, we focus on having a command of the forensic medical science to challenge the prosecutor’s case.
In child pornography distribution cases, we have a deep understanding of the technologies and protocols that are at the heart of the Web and the internet such as TCP/IP, WEP/WPA, peer-to-peer sharing and Bittorrent, IRC, and the proprietary software such as Limewire, Bearshare, Gnutella, and others that are involved in these cases.
Police are building a case against you. They are interviewing the alleged victim. If they have seized your computer or cell phone, they may have sent those devices to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to compare the results against a database of child pornography.
If the case involves an allegation of sexual assault, they have sent forensic evidence (blood, skin, tissue, or bodily fluids) to labs for analysis.
In cases involving a minor victim, the child has or soon will be sent to a physician for a Child Medical Examination (CME) and to a social worker or psychologist for a Child Forensic Evaluation (CFE).
In the coming weeks, the results of these interviews, lab tests, and computer examinations will be communicated to prosecutors either at the state or federal level at a weekly meeting where a decision will be made about potential prosecution.
The Chetson Firm defends people like you charged with the most serious sex offenses, including:
• Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (First, Second, and Third Degrees)
• Federal Distribution, Receipt, and Manufacture of Child Pornography
• Sexual Offense, Rape, Statutory Rape (First and Second Degrees)
• Indecent Liberties with a Minor
• Sexual Misconduct by a Parent, Teacher, or other person in authority
• Sexual Battery
• Child Abuse (Felony and Misdemeanor)
• Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
• Indecent Exposure
• Human Trafficking
• Violations of the Sex Offender Registry
• Adam Walsh Act Commitment Proceedings
• Petitions for Removal from the Sex Offender Registry
• Appellate and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Review, and federal 28 U.S.C. Sec. 2255 Complaints
• Civil Forfeiture
Your Family and Future
Even if, like many clients we have represented, you are investigated but never charged, your life will inevitably be changed.
We can help you prepare for a potential Child Protective Service investigation if you have young children. We can provide you with resources to help you and your family through the painful process, including therapeutic and treatment programs provided by the best mental health professionals in the area.
Before hiring any attorney, insist on a free consultation. These consultations are confidential, and governed by the rules associated with attorney-client privilege.
We will provide you with immediate advice to help improve your chances for a successful outcome, and provide you with a checklist of steps tailored to your situation that can prepare you for the difficult days head.
Call Now: (919) 352-9411
Call for a free consultation, and an in-person meeting where we can discuss the specifics of your case in a confidential setting and answer your questions.
Bring all important documents, and any family who wish to attended, to the initial meeting, including any search warrants that were left with you, any arrest warrants or charge documents, and any questions you have regarding your case and the next steps in the process.