Allegations of sexual assault and other sex crimes are serious. However, allegations are not the same as an official conviction. Between now and the final ruling, due process of the law gives you an opportunity to defend yourself.
The criminal defense lawyers at Bird, Stevens & Borgen, P.C., understand how frightening and frustrating it can be to face sex crime charges. As tough, principled advocates in court, we will use our experience to defend you from all angles.
Defense For Sexual Assault Charges
Regardless of gender, sexuality, age or other factors, an individual could face serious sexual assault charges. No matter who you are or what situation you face, we will provide a comprehensive defense.
We will review the situation from your perspective to show your intent, any misunderstandings between you and the other party, and other complex issues. We will also carefully analyze forensic evidence and the prosecutor’s argument to find any inconsistencies.
Sex Crimes Involving Adults
Most sex crimes involve two adults. There are many issues that arise that can cause you to be wrongfully charged. Unfortunately, some people are willing to fabricate allegations of sexual assault or misstate what happened during a consensual sexual encounter. If this happens to you, we are willing to fight for you in court. We will take your case to trial if need be and will zealously represent you from start to finish.
Sex Crimes Involving Minors
There are many types of serious sex crimes that involve children or underage teenagers, such as:
- Statutory rape
- Possession or distribution of child pornography
These cases are often complex and emotionally driven, but our job is to ensure a fair trial and protect your rights. An accusation is not enough to warrant a conviction, and evidence must be thoroughly vetted.
Sex Crimes Carry High Stakes
Minnesota has problematic laws when it comes to the sex offender registry. If you are charged with a crime that would require you to register as a sex offender and you are convicted of any crime arising out of the same set of facts, you are required to register as a sex offender. This is even true for convictions of crimes that never involved a sex act itself, such as theft, burglary, or assault.
Being placed on Minnesota’s sex offender registry is an extreme burden. Once you register, you may remain on the registry for 10 years or more – potentially for the rest of your life. If you appear on the registry, you may face obstacles to living in certain neighborhoods, getting certain jobs and more. You will also need to update the registry with your personal information, including where you live, where you work and which vehicles you drive.
Between jail time, fines, registration as a sex offender and other penalties, it is critical to seek assertive representation against criminal charges. Our attorneys can work to protect you with professionalism and integrity.
Get The Advice You Need
Call our Rochester office at 507-218-2392 or our Bloomington offices at 952-209-9978. You may also email us to schedule a consultation. Because time is important for your defense, we will respond quickly.