Indianapolis Child Molestation Defense Attorney
Sex crime allegations are devastating, especially those involving children. Many view these crimes as the most horrendous acts a person can commit. The very accusation can alter your life completely. You can lose your job, housing and close relationships.
Our attorney at the Law Office of B.D. Williams is here to help defend you, no matter the charge. He believes that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. If there is any degree of doubt in the case against you, you should not face a life-changing conviction. He is here to help expose the doubt in your case, revealing the flaws in the prosecution’s evidence. Our lawyer understands how sensitive this issue is, and he will handle your case with care, compassion and tenacity.
Child Molestation Penalties In Indianapolis
Generally, the state defines child molestation as sexual contact with anyone under 14 years old. Penalties vary based on the details of the crime.
- If the alleged offender is between 18 and 20 years old, then it is a Class B felony. Guilty verdicts can lead to a prison sentence of six to 20 years. Fines can go as high as $10,000.
- If the alleged offender is 21 or older, then the charge is elevated to a Class A felony. Prison time can last between 20 and 50 years, and fines can go up to $10,000.
- If the alleged offense involved threats or drugs or resulted in injury, then it is also a Class A felony, with all the same results: prison time of between 20 and 50 years and fines of up to $10,000.
Molestation Vs. Solicitation
The word “molestation” indicates having direct sexual contact with a minor. Solicitation, on the other hand, involves encouraging a minor to engage in sexual activity. Depending on the circumstances, this crime can be charged as a Class D, C or B felony.
It’s very easy for the police to accuse someone of this crime. You could’ve said something that you believed was completely innocent, only to find that the authorities have misinterpreted your intent. Overly cautious people can also make assumptions about you and find excuses to accuse you of solicitation.
Our lawyer’s job is to uncover the facts of your case. He may be able to help prove that you had no malicious intent with a child. He can thoroughly scrutinize any interaction you had with a child and help reveal miscommunications and assumptions that have distorted the truth.
Defenses Against Child Molestation Charges
Below are types of child molestation defenses:
Investigate Police Methods
In any arrest, it’s important to take a close look at the authorities. Our attorney will search for any evidence of bias or prejudice in your case. He will also investigate the methods and timeline of the arrest. If he sees evidence of an abuse of power, he will not hesitate to use these facts in your defense.
Challenge The Evidence
Often, the best defense is exposing the flaws in the prosecution’s case. Our lawyer will scrutinize any claim against you. He will search for inconsistencies in your accuser’s timeline and overall story. Using the latest technology, he may be able to place you in a different location at the time of the incident. This can create a strong alibi.
Physical evidence may also be a vital part of your case. If there is no trace of fingerprints, DNA and so forth, our attorney can create doubt in the state’s case against you.
Challenge The Intent
“Intent” can be defined as willfully committing a crime. To put it another way, intent is “doing something wrong on purpose,” even if you are unaware that the act is illegal. Accidental contact with a child or misunderstood words should not result in a long-term prison sentence. If you had no intention of engaging in sexual activity with a child, our lawyer can help tell your story to the court to possibly preserve your innocence.