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The prosecution and defense of sex crimes are some of the most challenging and difficult areas of criminal law. From the prosecution’s perspective, the victims are very real, ranging from young children to vulnerable and abused men and women. The scars left by sexual assault are well-documented and well-understood by those who deal with the victims of these crimes on a daily basis. The commissions of such crimes echo through generations of families and perpetuate even more victimization years later. These crimes violate our most sacred sense of self and deserve close attention by the authorities charged with prosecuting these matters.
On the defense side, things are more doomist. The accused perpetrators of such crimes fall into more nuanced categories. There is certainly a huge percentage of people who actually commit the crime of which they are accused. Having listened to hundreds of such people, however, it is actually the rare defendant who is truly a predator. Often these situations involve alcohol, lowering normal inhibitions. Other defendants may be predators in a sense, but recognize their own depravity and struggle with it. Many defendants simply lack the mental capacity to fully grasp the nature of the offense.
Every defense lawyer knows that the cases that keep you up at night are the ones where you believe the defendant did not do it. Unfortunately, in the area of sex crimes, more than any other area of practice, people are falsely accused far more often than is credited.
The reasons for this are many and require “normal people” to set aside the rule of rationality in human affairs. The rule of children in sex crimes is such an area. A common pattern is one parent truly believes they are the better situation for the children in the relationship. They convince themselves and occasionally even the children that bad things have happened or could happen and that the other parent is so dangerous and so undesirable that either the ends justify the means or that they themselves truly believe that some event or act means that the other parent is some form of a child predator. The use of sexual abuse allegations in child custody arrangements is grossly under-reported. In modern partlets, it simply does not fit the “narrative”.
There is a variety of crimes that are considered sex crimes or sexual assaults in the state of Maine:
See also our Sex Crimes Glossary for additional information.
If you are charged with a Sex Crime, a Criminal Defense Lawyer will help you understand your rights and defend you in Court. Attorney Steve Smith has extensive experience representing clients in all manner of sex crimes, including allegations related to family law cases. To learn more about your legal options and how we can help, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
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