Sex Offenses in Oklahoma can include charges for:
Indecent Exposure – Presentation of private body parts in an open or public manner
Sexual Assault—Unwanted sexual acts forced on another individual
Prostitution—Selling or buying sexual activity
Soliciting—Marketing sexual services
Statutory Rape—Sexual activity with a person under the legal age of consent
Obscenity - Indecency, lewdness, or offensiveness in behavior, expression, or appearance
Pornography – Presentation or production of sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal
Sex crimes on the Internet – Using the Internet to engage in illegal activities of a sexual nature
Pedophilia - The act or fantasy on the part of an adult of engaging in sexual activity with a child or children
Child Molestation -the act of subjecting a child to unwanted or improper sexual advances or activity
Sexual Abuse – Injure, harm, or improperly treat another in a sexual manner
Sexual Harassment – persistently disturb, or torment another in an unwanted sexual manner
Punishment for sex offenses varies greatly depending on the type of crime. The less serious charge such as indecent exposure may carry a misdemeanor conviction--- meaning it would be punishable by less than a year of jail time. The individual convicted of this might even get only probation.
Whereas a violent rape by a previously convicted individual might result in as much as a life sentence.
Q: Is Consent a defense?
A: If consent can be proven it can be a defense to many sex crime charges. Some people though, are not considered able to consent to sex. For instance, minors, the mentally disabled, and unconscious or intoxicated people (whether or not they willingly became intoxicated) normally cannot provide legal consent. In those cases, the accused may face statutory rape or date rape charges.
However, whether you are charged by the state of Oklahoma, or federally-- by the US Attorney General’s office… you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer to represent you so it’s important that you learn how to find the best Oklahoma criminal defense attorney for your sex charge. You can also go to my www.oklahomacriminaldefenseblog.com to read about some sexual assault cases.