Recently, we assisted a 22-year-old restaurant manager with the serious repercussions of being charged with sex crimes, including felony sexual misconduct with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. It was reported to the police that the young man had fondled, had intercourse with, and provided alcohol and marijuana to a 16-year-old girl. If convicted, the penalties for these offences would include between two and eight years in prison and mandatory inclusion on the Indiana Sex Offender Registry. The young man asserted that he did not have sex with the girl and knew that inclusion on the registry would result in losing his job. Concerned about what would happen to him, he contacted defense attorney Sean Hessler to represent him.
Attorney Hessler prepared for a trial and reviewed the case materials, which included DNA evidence. Ultimately, after aggressive negotiations, the prosecutor’s office did not want to proceed with the case as it was originally filed and agreed to reduce the sex crimes charges to the lesser count of fondling. The client accepted a plea bargain to this charge, which resulted in two years of probation, but did not require him to register as a sex offender, which was his primary goal and paramount for him to keep his job.
The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.