Tennessee state law dictates that repeat sex offenders, violent sex offenders, and sex offenders who target children pose an immediate threat to society and must, therefore, be officially registered. Being a registered sex offender comes with myriad restrictions in terms of where an individual may live, work, travel, or spend leisure time.
Being accused of a sex crime is quite serious and can be a deeply confusing and even terrifying experience. There are many offenses that Tennessee considers to be sexual in nature, some of which are may not appear immediately obvious. Once you have been arrested for a sex crime, you need to get started on effective legal defense right away. With multiple 10.0 Superb Avvo-rated attorneys on our team, the sex crime defense lawyers in Chattanooga at Best And Brock stand ready to be by your side and help you through this challenging situation.
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What Are Examples of Sex Offenses in Tennessee?
Many sex crimes in Tennessee are classified as felonies, though some are misdemeanors. Sex crimes can have a variety of mitigating or aggravating factors which either reduce or heighten the severity of the crime and, thus, the possible sentence in the event of conviction. These factors are frequently confusing.
Sex crimes in Tennessee include:
- Indecent exposure
- Sexual battery
- Statutory rape
- Being an accessory to a sexual crime after the fact
Being an accessory after the fact is an example of an “inchoate offense,” meaning you assisted in the commission of a crime. Other such crimes include conspiracy, solicitation, and attempt. It is important to note, therefore, that helping someone else to commit a crime or attempting a crime unsuccessfully are both crimes in and of themselves and carry legal penalties if their perpetrators are convicted.
What is Statutory Rape in Tennessee?
Statutory rape is understood as engaging in sexual intercourse with a minor between the ages of 13 years old & 18 years old, it does not matter if both participants are consenting to the sexual encounter because no one under the age of 18 years old may consent to sexual intercourse.
Tennessee does have an exemption for teens who are close in age (between 13 years old & 18 years old) as long as they are less than 4 years apart. For example it would be legal for a 14 year old to give consent to an 17 year old.
The Chattanooga sex crime defense lawyers at Best And Brock don’t believe a crime always has to define a person. We are committed to ensuring justice is served and our clients’ rights are upheld. We combine aggressive advocacy with unimpeachable integrity, making our firm well respected on the federal level as well as in the Tennessee legal community.
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