Being charged with a sex crime is an incredibly serious matter. At the law firm of Sweeney and Associates, LLC, in Massachusetts, we are compassionate, highly knowledgeable and trial-experienced in the area of sex crimes defense.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a sex offense, we can provide the practical advice and aggressive representation you need. Contact us today for a free, confidential case evaluation.
Do not talk to the police or investigators about your case until you have spoken with your attorney.
In Massachusetts and most other states, convicted sex offenders are required to register with the state's Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB). This is one of the worst consequences of a sex crime conviction. Even misdemeanor offenses require SORB registration for 20 years, even if you were a juvenile at the time of the offense.
Depending on the type of sex crime you are convicted for, you may be able to petition the SORB to terminate your registration early if you have been registered for at least 10 years. However, even if you are eligible to apply for relief, there is still no guarantee that your request will be allowed. Successfully terminating your duty to register early can be very difficult. Certain sex crimes involving children or violence require registration for life and cannot be terminated under any circumstances.
If charged and convicted on a rape charge the penalty is up to 20 years in state prison. For a second or subsequent conviction you can get a life sentence. If you are convicted of rape and used a deadly weapon, you can receive a 10 year prison sentence at minimum.
If you are convicted and required to register with the SORB, your name and reputation will likely be tarnished forever. You'll face significant restrictions applying for jobs, housing, educational programs and firearms ownership.
Other penalties of a sex crime conviction include:
We know the prosecutors and the judges in counties in Quincy, Canton, and throughout the state. We are respected for our integrity, diligence and hard work. When we meet with prosecutors to discuss options to avoid a conviction, we are treated with respect, and our proposals are taken seriously.
Attorney Richard Sweeney recently defended two of the largest child pornography cases in Massachusetts history in federal court, and he has defended numerous other child pornography cases in federal court and state courts across Massachusetts.
We handle all misdemeanor and felony sex offenses such as:
Please contact us online or call us at (617) 300-0212 to speak with one of our lawyers confidentially. We are responsive 24/7, offer fixed and hourly billing rates, and accept all major credit cards.