Davis & Cannon, LLP aggressively defends criminal clients throughout the State of Wyoming. We have extensive criminal litigation experience at both the misdemeanor and felony level including DUIs, drug offenses, white collar crime, sexual assault, and homicide.
Sex crimes range widely in type and severity, but they all have one thing in common—a damaging social stigma that can negatively impact your reputation for the rest of your life. If you have been charged with any type of sex crime, it is in your best interest to find skilled legal counsel immediately.
At Davis & Cannon, LLP, we are not here to judge. We believe that people deserve a second chance. We also understand that charges for sex crimes might be exaggerated or e completely unfounded. It is our goal to analyze the details of your case, determine the best legal strategy, and ensure that you understand your options before moving forward. If you reside in Gillette, Cheyenne, Sheridan or anywhere in Wyoming, contact us today at (307) 672-7491 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
Types of Sex Crimes
We have successfully defended clients against all types of sex crimes. The most common cases we handle involve:
In Wyoming, sexual assault is a felony offense, and penalties are based on the degree of sexual assault with which you are charged. The most serious of the four degrees—sexual assault in the 1st degree—carries a penalty of up to 50 years in prison, and life without parole for individuals with two prior convictions. The degree of the charge depends on multiple factors, including whether the offense involved violence or threat of serious bodily harm, or a sex act against someone who is unable to consent due to physical or mental impairments, or age.
Internet Sex Crimes
The vast majority of internet sex crimes involve child pornography or the use of the internet to arrange sex-related meetings with children. In the United States, about 2,500 people are arrested each year for internet sex crimes involving children. Many of these crimes are discovered using undercover sting operations. It is a federal offense to use the internet to engage in sex-related activities with anyone under the age of 18. In addition to arranging meetings, this includes sending and receiving pictures, and any type of communication of a sexual nature. Viewing, producing, sharing, and selling child pornography are all illegal, and child pornography is not protected by the First Amendment.
If convicted of an internet sex crime, you may be facing up to 30 years in prison, and you may be prosecuted at both state and federal levels. No crime on earth causes more social damage than a conviction for a sex crime against children. If you are facing such charges, it is imperative to contact a defense attorney with extensive experience in this area of the law today.
How to Defend a Sex Crime
Common defenses to sex crimes include claims of innocence, that the alleged victim actually consented, and mistaken age.
Innocence: If you have a solid alibi showing that you were at a different location when the alleged crime occurred, charges may be dropped. This defense frequently applies when the allegations are completely false, or when the victim misidentified his/her assailant.
Consent: If a person is alleging that you committed a non-consensual sex act against them, but you believed that it was consensual, you may wish to argue consent. That being said, consent is very difficult to prove. Your defense lawyer can help you determine if arguing consent is in your best interest.
Mistaken age: If the victim lied to you about his/her age and you reasonably believed them to be of legal age for consent, you can argue that charges should be dropped because you were unaware that you were committing a crime.
Contact Davis & Cannon, LLP Today
If you have been charged with any type of sex crime, the legal team at Davis & Cannon, LLP can help. You have rights. When it comes to sex crimes, we understand how the prosecution thinks. Our experienced, knowledgeable lawyers will gather evidence and build a strong case to position you in the best possible light. We understand the highly-sensitive nature of sex offenses, and we will be by your side throughout the entire process. Do not go through this challenging time alone, we can help. Contact Davis & Cannon, LLP at (307) 672-7491 today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.