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Defending yourself from sex crime allegations

The world of computers and the Internet has certainly brought up many new problems for the law as it pertains to sex crimes. With young teenagers all over the world sending lewd or graphic pictures across the web, it is becoming increasingly difficult to interpret how sex crimes can be applied to certain circumstances. However, there are still many areas of sex crime for which the law is very clear, and there is no room for ambiguity and interpretation.

What is LA's statute of limitations for underage sex crimes?

Statutes of limitations are extremely important because they often affect a person's ability to file a claim or charge another individual with a crime. Of course, this also means that those who are accused of a crime should be aware of the statute of limitations for the said crime because they may not even have to worry about defending themselves. Different crimes have different statutes of limitations depending on the state, so it can be difficult to keep track of all the different statutes.

Sex crimes can be more complex than you think

The problem with sex crimes in most instances is that few people truly give credit to just how ambiguous many sex crimes are, as well as how difficult it can sometimes be to prove one side of the story over the other. Many people treat sex crimes as though they are black and white: no means no, therefore if you always make sure that sex is consensual, you will not be committing a crime. But what about statutory rape, in which a person says yes, but is not legally allowed to give consent, and therefore you have committed rape.

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.

Consensual sex is not always legal

Many people believe that the law regarding sexual assault and other sex crimes is very clear; the phrase "no means no" is often repeated, implying that if one party does not consent to any kind of sexual activity, then forcing that individual to engage in said activity would be illegal. While this is certainly true, it is not always that simple, because in some instances, "yes" can still be illegal.

When consensual sex can still be illegal

There are many different sex crimes recognized under the law, and most people are familiar with a great deal of them. Many of the sexual acts that are treated as crimes involve sexual contact or familiarity between two people that is non-consensual, meaning that there is at least one party who does not desire any kind of sexual contact. Additionally, inability to consent may lead to a sex crime, even if both parties do desire the contact. This generally occurs with minors who are not legally allowed to provide consent, even if they desire the sexual relations.

Legal defense is extremely important for sex crimes

There are many different criminal acts that are punishable offenses under United States law, including things like possession of drugs, fraud and more. Certain crimes, those in which the victim is always an individual or number of individuals, fall under the umbrella of crimes against a person. These crimes include acts such as murder, theft and assault. While each of these crimes comes with its own legal consequences, there is one type of crime against a person that is perhaps the most socially destructive: sex crimes

Texas man sentenced for crimes committed decades ago in Louisiana

If you are at all familiar with the concept of a statute of limitations, then you know that after a certain amount of time, it becomes extremely difficult to bring a lawsuit against another person. The criminal statutes of limitations vary by the severity of the crime in Louisiana. But of course you should not rely on statutes of limitations in order to prevent you from being acquitted of a crime. Your best option is to take legal action in your defense and speak with an attorney before saying anything to the police.

What are Louisiana's laws regarding indecent exposure?

When most people think of sex crimes, they imagine sexual acts that are performed without the consent of another individual, such as rape or sexual assault. While these are arguably the most common sex crimes and certainly the most severe, it is still important to remember that there are other sex crimes that come with legal penalties, albeit significantly lower penalties. Some of these acts are called prohibited consensual sexual acts.

Legal defense against sexual assault allegations

Many people are familiar with the term sexual assault, but for most, it specifically refers to instances of forced penetration. Some people have difficulties differentiating between rape and sexual assault, with many failing to recognize the wide scope that encompasses what sexual assault truly is. The truth is that sexual assault does occur when one individual engages in unwanted sexual penetration of another individual, but this is far from the only instance.

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