Defenses to Sex Crimes in Massachusetts
Have you been arrested and charged with a sex crime in Massachusetts? You should know that these crimes are extremely serious in nature, but that with the help of an experienced defense lawyer, you can win your case. There are a number of sex crime charges you could be facing, but at DelSignore Law we have successfully represented defendants in court charged with these types of crimes.
The most common sex crimes include (but are not limited to):
- Rape, statutory rape, aggravated rape
- Indecent assault and battery (over and under the age of 14)
- Assault with intent to commit rape
- Possession of child pornography
- Open and gross lewdness
- Indecent exposure
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Enticement of a child under 16
… and many, many more.
The defenses that will be most applicable to your case depend on the specific sex crime you have been charged with. For this reason, contact a DelSignore Law attorney today for a free consultation of your case. With that being said, there are three common defenses that we use at DelSignore Law to defend sexual assault and other sex crimes:
1. No sexual acts ever occurred – that it simply did not happen.
One strategy is to argue that sexual acts never occurred between you, the defendant, and the alleged victim in the case. By making this argument, we would exemplify that the victim wrongfully believed that a sexual act occurred that was not consensual. Additionally, a DelSignore Law attorney would work to show that the alleged victim falsely accused you of committing a sex crime as a way to get back at you in a malicious manner. This is especially true in relationships where a breakup occurred in the time surrounding the alleged incident. Remember, the Commonwealth has to prove that you committed a sex crime beyond a reasonable doubt to be found guilty.
2. A sex crime occurred, but that you, as a defendant, are not the perpetrator.
With this defense, we would not argue that a sex crime did not occur, but that rather you as a defendant are not the perpetrator of the sex crime. Often times, in regards to sex crimes, victims are pressured to identify a witness in a lineup or engage in some sort of eyewitness identification. We can challenge this in court.
3. A sex crime happened but that it was not criminal
With this type of defense, we would highlight the consent, which was present before the sexual act occurred. The element that sets many sexual assault charges apart from virtually all others is "lack of consent," which the Commonwealth must prove beyond a reasonable doubt.Contact DelSignore Law today
Sex crimes are unique and require a level of knowledge regarding Massachusetts Law in order for you to get the best possible outcome in your case. By calling us, we can set up a time to meet with you in one of our office locations. DelSignore Law has established office locations across Massachusetts in order to accommodate our clients as much as possible. View all of our office locations on our website and feel free to contact us today!