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Should you have counsel if charged with a sex crime

What do you think of when you consider the term "sex crime?" Is it a serial rapist or creepy addict that is depicted on crime drama shows such as "Law & Order: SVU" or is it a hardened criminal who is featured on news magazine stories such as "Nightline" or "60 Minutes?" Chances are that you think of those people as monsters or those who are mentally unstable and unworthy of being among us in regular society.

While these people are commonly charged and convicted of sex crimes, there are countless people who are charged with these crimes and do not fit this profile. In fact, they could be accused of a crime because of inaccurate information or because of poor decision-making. Regardless, they were completely unaware that their futures could be altered forever because of a simple mistake. 

It is this backdrop on sex crimes that makes an attorney's role so important. And because of this, any person accused of a sex crime should have experienced legal counsel. A skilled attorney can break down the evidence against you and analyze its viability, which could likely mean the difference between being registered as a sex offender and walking away innocent.

When making the decision of whether to have an attorney, know this: you have a constitutional right to have legal representation in criminal cases. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may request to have one appointed for you at no cost.

If you have additional questions regarding your criminal charges, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help.

The preceding is not legal advice.