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Collateral Consequences of an Indianapolis Sex Crime Conviction

15 January 2019 | Criminal Defense,  Sex Crimes,  

Attorney Sean Hessler

Written by
Sean Hessler

15 January 2019

Criminal Defense,  Sex Crimes,  

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A sex crime conviction in Indianapolis is considered very serious. Therefore, it comes with collateral consequences, which are consequences that arise when people treat you differently because of your criminal record.

While sex crimes in Indianapolis do lead to consequences such as hefty fines and prison time, the collateral consequences they cause can truly impact every aspect of your life. Let’s take a closer look at the collateral consequences of sex crime convictions in Indianapolis.

If you’re under investigation for a sex crime in Indianapolis, it is in your best interest to contact the an Indianapolis sex crimes lawyer at Hessler Law, PC. We may be able to improve your situation and protect your future. Call us today at (317) 886-8800 or use our online contact form.

What Happens After a Sex Crime Conviction

Rape, sexual battery, child molesting, child exploitation, and sexual misconduct with a minor are all examples of sex crimes that may occur in Indianapolis. If you are convicted of any of these sex crimes, you will likely be required to register as a sexual offender. When you register as a sexual offender, your full name, photo, address, and the nature of your conviction will be revealed publicly.

Unfortunately, sexual offenders can be easily looked by anyone as they are public record. In addition to being registered as a sexual offender, you may be left with steep fines and months, years, or even decades of imprisonment. The nature of your conviction will determine the severity of your consequences.

What Types of Collateral Consequences Occur?

Collateral consequences are not consequences that are included by the judge in your sentence. Instead, they are the indirect consequences from having a sex crime conviction on your record.

After a sex crime conviction, you may notice that some of your friends and family members distance themselves from you. Some of them may even harass you and constantly remind you of your conviction.

If you are in the market for a new job, you may find that the stigma that comes with being a registered sexual offender makes it difficult for you to land one. An employer may choose another candidate with a clean record instead of you. In addition, you may be prohibited from working in some settings like schools.

Finding a place to live may also be tricky. Once a landlord and/or rental company finds out that you are a registered sexual offender, they may decide to not rent to you. Also, if you have children, you may lose custody of them or have restrictions placed on your custody. As you can see, the collateral consequences of an Indianapolis sex crime conviction can make everyday life incredibly challenging.

How an Indianapolis Sex Crime Lawyer Can Help

At Hessler Law, P.C., we understand that the collateral consequences of an Indianapolis sex crime conviction can be very brutal. That’s why, we are committed to helping people who are charged with sex crimes secure the best possible case outcome.

If you are being charged with or under investigation for a sex crime, we’ll take the time to listen to your side of the story and determine whether a strong defense strategy can reduce the severity of your charge or even drop it.

Charged with a Sex Crime? Contact a criminal defense lawyer at Hessler Law, P.C.
If you are being charged with or under investigation for a sex crime, contact our law firm right away. We have a truck record of successfully helping people avoid sex crime convictions and the life-changing collateral consequences that come with. Call our office today at (317) 886-8800 or use our online contact form so we can inform you of your legal options and ensure your rights are protected.