Criminal Defense for Crimes Against Children
Few criminal charges are more aggressively prosecuted than charges of sex crimes against children. If you have been arrested for internet sex crimes or you believe you are under investigation for such a crime in the Las Vegas area, it is crucial that you act now to defend your rights and freedom. Do not speak with investigators before speaking with a lawyer with experience in handling these kinds of cases.
The criminal defense attorneys at Christiansen Law Offices represent clients facing a full range of criminal allegations. For a free initial consultation with a skilled defense attorney, contact us online or call (702) 357-9977. We answer phone calls 24/7 and respond promptly to emails.
Defending Against a Variety of Sex Crime Charges
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has created a special task force for investigating sexually motivated internet crimes against minors. In many cases, people find themselves accused of internet sex crimes after detectives have conducted undercover sting operations.
Being convicted of an internet sex crime against a child can lead to serious penalties, including prison time, mandatory sex offender registration, severely limited job opportunities and loss of the right to be around children.
If the investigation results in federal criminal charges, the possible penalties can be even harsher. The criminal defense attorneys at Christiansen Law Offices defend against internet sex crime charges on the state and federal levels.
Lewdness With a Minor
Lewdness with a child is an extremely serious criminal charge that can lead to lifelong punishment for the accused. In Nevada, the penalties may include decades in prison and mandatory registration as a sex offender.
Anyone charged with lewdness with a child should immediately seek legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney.
How Nevada Law Defines Lewdness With a Child
For a person to be convicted of lewdness with a minor, the prosecution must prove a number of things, including:
- The defendant willfully committed a lewd or lascivious act with a child under the age of 14.
- The act was committed with the intent of sexually gratifying or arousing the defendant or the child.
- The act did not constitute sexual assault, which in Nevada typically involves nonconsensual penetration.
Possible Defenses Against Child Molestation Charges
In many cases, charges of lewdness with a child are based on allegations made by the child’s parents or the child. Often there is no third-party witness to corroborate the allegation, and the prosecution must build its case without much — if any — physical evidence.
Because third-party witnesses are rare in these cases, false allegations are a very real possibility, especially when the child’s parents are involved in a custody dispute or if someone involved in the case has a financial motive to bring the allegation.
At Christiansen Law Offices, we investigate sex crime allegations for any flaws in the prosecution’s case, and we explore every available option to have the charge reduced or dismissed.
The reality is that false allegations and overcharging do occur, and we fight to protect the rights and future of our clients who are facing child sex abuse charges.