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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
  • Prostitution
  • 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

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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 sexual contact.

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.