Besides homicide, nothing is taken as seriously as sexual offenses, especially when the accusations involve violence or children. In addition, these offenses are the most difficult to discuss and stir up more emotion than any other. This applies to everyone, from the person accused, to the police investigating the accusation, to the jurors that will listen to the evidence and decide your fate. Successfully resolving these cases is on par with picking your way through a minefield. Every step must be carefully thought out and geared to advancing the goals of the client.
Compounding the above is the fact that sentences for sexual offenses usually exceed sentences given out for even very violent nonsexual offenses. They are some of the highest sentences we see in the State of New Hampshire. In addition to incarceration, another certain consequence of being convicted of a sexual assault is the requirement of registering as a sexual offender, a very public and humiliating process. Misdemeanor sex offenses require registering for 10 years; felony convictions impose a lifetime reporting requirement.
Representing people charged with sexual offenses is high stakes in every sense. These cases require hard work and experience, and preparation pays off. But they also require tact and sensitivity. There is simply no substitute for seasoned and experienced defense counsel to lead you through these difficult cases.