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Portland, ME Sex Crimes Lawyers
Award-Winning Defense Attorneys in Maine
Sex crimes are considered by the public and courts to be some of the most grievous of all criminal offenses. Because of this, the mere accusation of having committed a sex crime can have a ruinous impact on the life, career, family, and future of the accused, even when the accusations are not proven. These crimes carry severe penalties as well as the shame of a conviction that can have devastating lifelong effects.
If you or someone you know has been accused of or charged with any sex offense, you will need a competent defense attorney experienced in handling such a case. At Zerillo Law Firm, you can work with an attorney who has achieved a well-earned reputation for outstanding defense work in even the most complex and serious of sex crime cases involving both adult and child alleged victims. As the go-to defense lawyer in Maine for sex offenses, Attorney Tim Zerillo has both written and lectured about sex crime charges and how to achieve the best possible outcome for those accused.
Common Sex Crime Cases in Maine
At Zerillo Law Firm, we have successfully handled both state and federal sex crime charges, including the following:
- Gross sexual assault
- Child pornography possession and distribution in both state and federal courts
- Unlawful sexual contact/touching
- Statutory rape
- Invasion of privacy
- Sexual misconduct with a minor under 14 years of age
Maine Sex Crime Penalties
How you are charged and penalized will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offense. Any serious sex crime conviction carries potentially the following penalties if convicted:
- heavy penalties
- prison time
- mandatory registration as a sex offender
In Maine, sex offender registration may be required for a 10-year period or for one’s lifetime, and carries restrictions that can affect social relations, housing, and employment. Less serious offenses, like conviction for indecent exposure, can lead to penalties such as community service, probation, and court-ordered counseling.
Sex crime charges can range from a Class E misdemeanor up to a Class A felony for gross sexual assault with penalties ranging from up to 6 months in jail to up 30 years in prison and fines of up to $50,000.
What is the Age of Consent in Maine?
The age of consent is the appropriate age for an individual to legally consent to sexual activity. The age of consent in Maine is 16 years old. This means that anyone who is 16 or older may consent to sex with another person of 21 years and if both parties are of age, the age difference doesn't matter. Any individual 15 years old or younger is not deemed legally able to consent to sexual activity and any sexual activity with that individual may be charged as statutory rape.
What is the Romeo and Juliet Law in Maine?
Main has a "Romeo & Juliet" law that protects parties who are less than 5 years older than their partner, exempting them from a sexual criminal offense. This law applies specifically to 14 and 15 year olds.
Get legal assistance by calling our Portland, ME sex crimes lawyer at (207) 618-6555 today.
Zerillo Law Firm stands up for the underdog. We will not tolerate bullies, and in this day and age some of the biggest bullies are corporations, insurance companies, and even our own government. It is important to us that we always do what’s right and fight serious charges on behalf of our clients. Our clients trust us to do what’s right and we don’t take that trust lightly. We will tell your side of the story and will not back down until we win on your behalf. Our lawyer is confident, passionate, and holds himself to a higher standard. Watch our video to learn more about our practice.
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