Legal Help For People Accused Of Sex Crimes
At Bours & Lucero, LLC, we understand what’s at stake for people accused of sex offenses. Simply being charged with a sex crime in Maryland is often enough to destroy relationships and ruin careers. A single, unsubstantiated claim can ruin the life of the accused and their family. If the charges result in a conviction, it means substantial penalties and at least 15 years as a registered sex offender.
Consequences Of Being In The Sex Offender Registry
Having your name added to the sex offender registry brings public shame and places restrictions on where you can live and work. It also allows an ex-spouse to deny you custody of your children by merely telling the state that they believe you are a threat to your children. They do not have to provide any proof of this.
You can expect people to view you as an outcast or as a possible threat, treating you with prejudice and intolerance. You will also lose your privacy. In addition to your name, the sex offender registry lists the following information about you:
- A recent photograph of you
- Your most recent address
- The crime you were convicted of
- Your place of employment
- Your age and date of birth
You will be required to check in every six months to confirm or update the information about you listed in the registry. Failing to check in may result in additional charges.
The Challenge Of Sex Crime Cases
Laws concerning sex crimes allow evidence at trial that would be considered hearsay and not permitted in most other types of cases. For example, the court allows pre-recorded statements by witnesses to be played in front of a jury, denying the defense a chance to cross-examine. Unlike other crimes against people, establishing a motive does not play a significant role. The assumed motivation is that the accused had a strong desire to commit the act. And perhaps worst of all, in the court of public opinion, people accused of sex crimes are often considered guilty until proven innocent.
Defending Those Accused Of Sex Crimes
The unique nature of sex crime cases requires a nuanced and sophisticated approach to building a defense strategy. Our team, led by attorney Reginald W. Bours, III, works with experts and professionals in the treatment field who help us examine evidence and case details. Our legal team then leverages these insights against our knowledge and experience in the Maryland courts to make sure that the accused gets a fair trial. When it is not possible to get our client cleared of charges, we work to make sure that the sentence is fair, including making every effort to keep our client’s name off the sex offender registry.