Classification of Sexual Offenses in Washington State – Part 1

There are no two ways to put it, sexual offenses, quite understandably, carry a major taboo. In the event that you or someone close to you is charged with a sexual offence or being investigated for a sex-related crime the implications are serious. You could face grave penalties such as a life term in custody. You may also be obliged to officially register as a sex offender.  The social stigma attached to such crimes can often result in job loss and rejection from family and friends. SQ Attorney’s Criminal Defense Team is fully conversant with dealing with such situations and has the necessary experience to defend those accused of sex-related crimes. So what constitutes a sexual offence? Herewith, a breakdown of the main categories of offences of this nature.

Your Bellevue Lawyer will explain to you how Child Molestation is classified in Washington State:

Child molestation, in Washington State, is basically any illegal sexual act which involves an adult and a child. It is the adult/minor aspect that is key here, although in some cases an older minor can be charged with child molestation.  Our Criminal Defense Team is aware that sometimes charges may be brought against a person due to a mistake or even as a result of false allegations.

Your Bellevue Criminal Attorney outlines how Rape and Statutory Rape is classified in Washington State:

Something of a minefield… there are various types of rape. It probably goes without saying that each involves non-consensual sexual intercourse. People who are convicted of rape (this includes the rape of a child) face sentencing of a set minimum number of years in custody. Sometimes the convicted will be given an unfixed sentence, but that could transpire to mean life imprisonment. As above, an obligation to register officially as a sex offender may be enforced.

Washington State classification of Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes – CMIP:

Any communication, carried out for immoral purposes, with a person thought to be a minor is defined as CMIP. Although physical contact may not have taken place a conviction for CMIP can result in the perpetrator being registered as a sex offender. Previous offences may be taken into consideration here and have a bearing on how the present case is handled and the sort of penalty that is put in place.

Here at S Q Attorneys we like to take an insightful stance when it comes to dealing with what is acknowledged to be a very sensitive subject. We realize that if you or someone close has been accused of a crime of this nature that can cause a great deal of stress you and those around you. The particulars of the law dictate that you would best be served by legal professionals, such as ourselves, who have experience in Washington State law and its ins and outs, alongside expert knowledge of the ways of internet law too. We cover the following areas: King County, Pierce County, Snohomish  County, Kitsap County, Thurston County and these cities and towns: Algona, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Burien, Des Moines, Duvall, Edmonds, Enumclaw, Everett, Federal Way, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Marysville, Medina, Mercer Island, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, North Bend, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Sea Tac, Seattle, Shoreline, Snohomish, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, and/or Woodinville, for any other city or town in Western Washington, call The Criminal Defense Team of SQ Attorneys at (206) 441-0900 for an initial free consultation.

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