Damico & Stockstill, Attorneys at Law

Sex crimes are not as simple as you may think

When it comes to sex crimes, you might be amazed at how many acts are illegal in the eyes of the law. For most, a sex crime is when one person forces unwanted sexual contact on to another person; we often hear the phrase "no means no." While this is undeniably true, this act specifically refers only to a sexual assault, and depending on the circumstances, there could be even more charges. For example, if the unwanted contact extended to penetration, rape accusations could be placed on the accused as well.

You may be surprised to learn that there is far more to sex crimes than making sexual contact with someone who does not desire it. Depending on the circumstances, engaging in sexual conduct with a person who agrees to the act may still be considered rape. Most teenagers are not legally allowed to give consent, so in some instances, no means no, but yes may also mean no.

Furthermore, the Internet and other modern technologies have brought with them many circumstances and issues that the law was not prepared for, and which could have a significant impact on many Louisiana residents. It is not uncommon for minors to send graphic nude pictures between themselves using their phones or the Internet; however possession of these photos could be considered child pornography, even if the person who took the picture willingly sent it.

The truth is that there are simply too many complex sex crimes for the average person to keep track of; one misstep could end with you facing years in prison and a lifetime on a list of registered sex offenders. You cannot afford to take chances with so much at stake, so if you are accused of any kind of sex crime in Louisiana, please visit our webpage to learn how we can help you defend yourself.

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