The attorneys at VZP are adept at representing individuals who have been charged with a sex offense. In Indiana, these charges could include rape, child molesting, sexual misconduct with a minor, deviate sexual conduct, child solicitation, child seduction, child exploitation, vicarious sexual gratification, and possession of child pornography.
Being accused of a sex offense in Indiana is a very serious matter, carrying with it the potential for severe penalties. A person convicted of a sex offense in Indiana will be required to register as a sex offender with their local law enforcement agency and the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry for ten years. If one is found to be a sexually violent predator, he/she must register for life. A failure to register will result in the state’s filing a criminal charge for failure to register as a sex offender. The local law enforcement agency also submits a sex offender’s name to the National Sex Offender Registry.
In addition to registration and possible incarceration, if convicted of a sex offense, an individual generally must abide by the terms of sex offender probation: regimented rules and guidelines developed specifically for those convicted of a sex offense.
Defending clients against sex offense charges is complicated work. There is no one-size-fits-all defense. To complicate the issue, sex offense laws in Indiana are constantly changing. An individual charged with one of these offenses needs an attorney who is not only up to date and knowledgeable about the current laws and penalties associated with each sex offense, but should seek counsel with years of experience evaluating and attacking such allegations.
We’ve represented individuals in federal court who have been indicted for federal sex offenses. With the expansion of internet usage, and the rise of social media, federal indictments for sex offenses involving internet media have exploded. We understand the role technology plays in these offenses, and are prepared to use technological expertise creatively in the defense of federal sex allegations.
Many people are surprised to learn that juveniles may also be charged with many of the same sex offenses that apply to adults. We also represent juveniles when the State of Indiana has filed a delinquency petition against a minor alleging a sex offense.