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Sex Crimes

Being charged with a sex offense is emotionally devastating. It is important to speak to a lawyer immediately: This is not the type of charge that will simply go away.

Do not Speak to any police officer or Detective

1st: keep in mind that the police or a detective may attempt to contact you to get your statement. They may call you and say something like we need you to come to the station, as if you have no choice in the matter.

You do not have to go speak to the police; and in no circumstances should you go speak to the detective. You should speak to a lawyer before speaking to a detective. It is highly unlikely that any lawyer would suggest you speak to the detective.

2nd: You want to begin to gather evidence that supports your theory of defense

In a sexual assault charge, like an indecent assault and battery or rape charge, you want to start developing a theory as to why the fabricated the charge. It is important to hire an investigator to begin interviewing witnesses and looking for potential surveillance evidence and any other evidence that if not obtained immediately may be lost.


There are different types of sex crimes. An indecent assault and battery is a touching of another person in their private areas. Indecent Assault and Battery has two types of charges depending on whether the victim is over or under 14 years old. What separates an indecent assault and battery from a Rape charge is the use of force. Statutory Rape is a sex crime where the allegation is you had sex with someone under age. The key point to know about statutory rape is that consent is not a defense to a statutory rape charge; nor is it a defense to say that you thought the person was of age.

Penalties includes jail time, length and restrictive probationary conditions, and sex offense registration requirements. Along with that being charged with a sex crime can be very damaging to your reputation along with impacting your families life and your livelihood.

The first thing you need to do if charged with a sex crime is find a highly skilled attorney experienced in the field.

Attorney DelSignore is a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney experienced at defending sex crime cases. A sex crime case involves a vigorous defense that will often require a careful and complete investigation prior to trial.

Important tips:

  • Do not talk to anyone about your charges or case except your attorney, not even police because you do not want to incriminate yourself or give people a false interpretation of what happened
  • Get as much education on the charges you are facing, regardless if your innocent or not
  • Make sure your facts are straight and do not lie to your attorney because it will make things worse in the end, be truthful and straightforward and bring forth any evidence you have
  • Realize the severity of what is going on and prepare for a long tough road, it is not going to be easy but with the right attorney you will get through it
  • The number one thing you must do is, DO NOT contact the victim of the case! Leave your emotions out of it and let your attorney handle the case.

Types of sex offenses:

  • Indecent assault and battery
  • Lewd and lascivious conduct
  • Open and gross lewdness
  • Rape
  • Statutory rape
  • Internet offenses, possession of child pornography

Common defenses in sex cases include:

  • Consent
  • Fabrication by the alleged victim, a motive to fabricate charges for to gain some unrelated advantage, such as in a child custody situation, jealously, or revenge
  • Mental incompetency on the part of the alleged victim
  • Improper influence of parents or adults over alleged child sexual assault victims.

A sex crime case requires the presentation of a strong defense at the time of trial. Typically, sex crime cases involve obtaining medical records of the alleged victim, counseling records, and retaining the services of an investigation to interview witnesses. This helps to undermine the credibility of the alleged victim’s account of the incident.

Attorney DelSignore will be with you every step of the way with your case.

Typically the steps that occur are:

  • The initial investigation
  • Arrest
  • Indictment
  • Charges of criminal defense
  • Bail hearing
  • Arraignment
  • Plea negotiations and evidence finding (discussions with DA and Prosecutor)
  • Criminal trial
  • Verdict
  • Investigations before sentencing
  • Appeals
  • Probation and parole
  • Sentencing

Attorney DelSignore will provide you a vigorous defense to any sex crime charges brought against you. He will explain the potential serious consequences; including jail time and sex offender registration, and will fight vigorously to defend your case at trial. When you have Attorney DelSignore on your side you will be 100% prepared for anything that comes your way, and you will have all your questions answered and never be lost along the way Call for a free consultation at 781-686-5924

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Michael was very professional and explained the process clearly and told us to be patient. After one year the charges got dismissed in the trial. Excellent knowledge of the court systems in the area of Boston. Would highly recommend him Ashwani
A careless decision on my part left me facing charges which would have severely hampered my ability to stay employed and support myself. But attorney DelSignore's skillful analysis and challenging of the evidence against me resulted in a conviction on a lesser charge. Now I'll be able to go on with my life, having learned a lesson I'll never forget. Thank you, Michael. Scott
Mike stuck with my case for 3.5 years and always kept me informed regarding the status. Ultimately, because of his due diligence, we ended up with an OUI not guilty verdict. This case could have gone many ways but his thorough review of the case and exceptional preparedness for trial ultimately drove a positive outcome. Thank you Mike! David
Michael DelSignore did an amazing job with my case! He was always available to answer any questions I had and helped walked me through the entire process. I could not have done it without them! I highly recommend choosing this law firm to deal with your legal needs, you will not be dissatisfied. Ashley
I cannot express the gratitude towards Michael for his amazing work and help. It was a very stressful event and they certainly put me at as much ease as possible. From start to finish it took 14 months and all the way through they were both very engaged with me. Today was worth the wait, Michael was great in court and I was rightfully found not guilty. I would recommend Michael over and over again. Claire