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What should you know about sex offenses?

If you're being charged with a sex crime, there are some things you may want to know. This information may help you understand the full implications of a conviction or what you need to do with your attorney to make sure you don't incriminate yourself before or during trial.

Are all sex crimes reported?

No, and even if there is a crime reported, it's possible that the alleged victim will recant his or her story or drop the lawsuit completely. Because of this, it's important to defend yourself from the start; there's no reason to provide evidence or to incriminate yourself.

Who is most likely to claim that a sexual offense took place?

Surprisingly, family members are most likely to claim sex offenses. That's because most sexual offenses in the United States are committed by people whom the victims know. That could be a partner, family member or acquaintance. It's only in around 27 percent of cases that the victim is assaulted by someone who is a stranger, which is why you may be accused in cases where the person responsible hasn't been identified or when leads are still being investigated.

After conviction, how difficult is it to find a job?

Sex offenders who have been convicted are in a particular need to find work, because the government recognizes that finding offenders work can help prevent reoffenses. It can be hard to find suitable work, since a felony or misdemeanor on your record can impact a job search. Licensing restrictions are in place, so being a daycare worker, security guard, doctor or nurse might be off the table.

By working with your attorney, you may be able to have your charges dropped or reduced, helping limit the damage to your life and reputation in the long term.

Source: Corrections.com, "Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know About Sex Offenders," accessed July 26, 2016

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