Knoxville Sex Crime Attorney
The Law Office of Joseph A. Fanduzz Can Defend You
Sex crime convictions can drastically impact the life of the alleged offender,
even beyond the criminal punishments. Individuals charged with sex crimes
face social ramifications and consequences in their personal relationships
and careers as well, especially if their cases are covered by the media.
You need to discuss your case with our Knoxville sex crime lawyer if you
are facing charges for a sex offense in Tennessee. With our years of insight
and experience, we are more than prepared to help with your situation.
We defend clients who are charged with sex crimes including:
- Sexual assault
- Statutory rape
- Exploitation of a minor
- Sexual battery
- Child pornography
Don't wait! Contact our firm today to
set up a consultation.
What kind of penalties am I facing?
Sexual crimes are considered especially serious offenses; Tennessee statutes
outline particularly harsh sentences for such crimes.
Examples of sex crime penalties include:
Aggravated sexual battery: Up to 60 years in prison and $50,000 in fines
Prostitution: Up to 6 months in jail and $500 in fines
Child porn possession: Up to 12 years in prison and $5,000 in fines
Statutory rape: Up to 6 years in prison and $3,000 in fines
Many sex crime penalties are conditional and depend on the specific circumstances
of the alleged incident. Nearly all sexual crimes in Tennessee are classified
as felonies and that prosecutors frequently seek maximum penalties in
these high profile trials. To learn more about what penalties you might
face with your charges, call the Law Office of Joseph A. Fanduzz today.
Sexual Battery in Tennessee
What is "sexual battery" and "aggravated sexual battery"?
In Tennessee, sexual battery is defined as making unwanted sexual contact
with a victim or forcing the victim to engage in sexual conduct without
their consent. "Force" or "coercion" is defined as
threatening harm to the individual.
In Tennessee, sexual battery is similar to
rape, but differs in that rape refers exclusively to unwanted penetration,
whereas sexual battery is broader and can include any kind of unwanted
The sexual contact will be considered "sexual battery" if it
was committed through force or coercion, without the victim's consent,
against a victim who is mentally incapacitated or physically helpless,
or if the act was committed by fraud.
"Aggravated sexual battery" is a more serious offense and is
classified as such if the act involved at least one of the following circumstances:
- Causing physical harm to the victim
- Using a weapon as part of the act
- Receiving aid from one or more other persons
- The victim was younger than 13 years of age
Sex Offender Registration
If you are convicted of a sex crime, you will likely be forced to register
as a sex offender in an online database that can be accessed by the public.
As a registered sex offender, your options for housing and jobs will be
limited. This penalty can drastically affect your social life. Do not
allow the prosecution to destroy your future. Rather than accepting the
charges you face, we encourage you to fight for your freedom and rights
with the help of our firm.
How can I fight the stigma of a sex crime?
For those accused of sex crimes, it can often feel like you're guilty
even before a trial begins. Because these crimes raise such ire with law
enforcement and the community, mounting a proper defense can seem like
a hopeless endeavor.
At the Law Office of Joseph A. Fanduzz, we take every measure to ensure
that your trial takes place in a sound atmosphere, where the facts can
be soberly presented and accuracy is paramount. Careful jury selection
is key, especially if the local media has covered the case before the
trial. To fight any undue stigma or bias, our firm does hesitate to address
the media directly on behalf of our clients, or petition the judge to
move the trial to a county that has not been exposed to media coverage
of the case.
You can count on our firm to go the extra mile to ensure you aren't
denied a fair trial due to the stigma.
Call on Our Firm for Trusted Counsel
Cases that involve sex crimes are often emotionally charged and result
in many negative effects on the lives of the people involved. Our firm
strives to handle the legal aspects of our clients' cases so that
they can handle the remaining personal concerns.
After a free case evaluation, we can get to work securing forensic evidence
to build a case for your defense. You will likely face tough prosecution,
which is why our firm is prepared to respond with aggressive legal strategies
on your behalf. Regardless of the sex crime charges you are facing, we
can fight on your behalf!
Contact our firm today to get the support and guidance you need.