Franklin, TN Sex Crime Defense Lawyers
Taking Cases in Nashville and Middle Tennessee
While being accused of any crime is embarrassing and can potentially damage your reputation, sex offenses are particularly stigmatized by the public. Sex offenders deemed a threat to society often must register as a sex offender with state and local authorities.
Registering as a sex offender in the State of Tennessee subjects a person to numerous restrictions that limit where they can work, travel, live, and visit. If you or a loved one have been arrested for a sexual offense, then it is crucial you immediately get started building a strong, effective legal strategy to defend your rights and protect your future.
At Puryear, Newman & Morton, PLLC, we know firsthand that sex crime convictions follow people around long after the final disposition of their case. That is why you need tenacious legal advocates in your corner who can advise you on all of your options under the law and fight to secure the resolution you deserve
Sex Crime Cases We Handle
The State of Tennessee classifies sex crimes as both felonies and misdemeanors, which means you can be facing a lengthy prison sentence and/ or expensive fines if you are convicted. We have represented clients in Franklin, Nashville, and throughout Middle Tennessee in the following types of sex offense cases:
- Statutory rape
- Statutory rape by an authority figure
- Indecent exposure
- Aggravated sexual battery
- Rape of a child
- Sexual exploitation of a minor
Tennessee's Sex Offender Registry
Depending on the type of sexual offense you are convicted of, you may be required to register as a sex offender in Tennessee's database. This means that your charges and identifying information is logged into a database for the public to see. If you are facing sexual offenses, make sure you work with an experienced attorney to help you fight these charges and the potential of being registered.
Being on the sex offender registry can have profound effects on your life:
- Your photograph, criminal charges, address, and other identifying data will be public information
- You may be prohibited from living or working near schools, child care facilities, day care centers, parks, and similar types of facilities
- Your custody rights may be limited
- Your neighbors and community will be notified when you move into the neighborhood
- Employers will be reluctant to hire someone on the registry
Any violation of the sex offender registry law, such as failing to register or coming in close proximity to prohibited areas, can lead to additional punishments.
Success Tips to Defend Against Sex Crime Charges
As you face these sex crime allegations, you recognize that your freedom is at stake. There are several elements of a successful case but here are the main actions you should take to best protect your freedom:
Work with an experienced attorney - You want to put your case into the hands of an attorney who knows how to navigate your type of case. This is your best chance of a positive outcome.
Don’t talk about your case with anyone except for your attorney - You will likely be tempted to defend your reputation amongst others or when confronted by your accusers. Remain calm and avoid speaking about the situation without your attorney’s guidance.
Get legal help immediately - Even if you are under investigation and have yet to be charged, it will be important to work with an attorney. The sooner you start working with an experienced attorney, the stronger your case will be.
Defending Your Rights is Our Top Priority
Tracking down the necessary evidence you need to prove your innocence can be complicated and often requires extensive resources to accomplish. We will dig deep to uncover the facts of your case by gathering forensic evidence, witness testimony, police reports, and more. With our criminal defense team on your side, you can feel confident that your reputation and future are in competent hands.
ExperienceOur attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience.
DedicatedOur attorneys are dedicated to serving the needs of it's clients in a professional, ethical, and caring manner.
DiverseWe are a full-service law firm with skilled attorneys who have years of experience handling specific areas of law.
Rooted In the CommunityOur firm has been serving the people of Franklin for over 20 years and have an excellent reputation within the community.