A Former Prosecutor Defending Clients in Wyoming and South Dakota
Sex crimes are some of the most serious offenses that a person can be charged with committing. And having a good defense against charges of sexual assault early in the case can make all the difference.
Because of the potentially embarrassing nature of being investigated and charged with a sex crime, people often wait to contact a lawyer, thinking either that the problem will go away by itself, that they will be exonerated, or that they can take care of it themselves.
This is one of the worst mistakes you can make.
Wyoming police officers take sex crime allegations very seriously. They will aggressively investigate and pursue people who they believe have committed sex crimes. To protect yourself and improve your chances of being found not guilty, it’s important that you hire a skilled and experienced Wyoming criminal defense lawyer at the first sign that you might be under investigation for a sex crime.
In Wyoming, a person is guilty of sexual assault if they cause the victim to submit to sexual activity through force or the threat of force, or if the actor knows or reasonably should know that the victim is unable to consent to the sexual activity.
Wyoming has identified three degrees of sexual assault, with punishments ranging from 5 years to life in prison. The crime of sexual battery is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
If you are convicted of a sexual assault or sexual battery in Wyoming, your name will appear in the Wyoming sex offender registry. Because the registry is public record, a conviction could have negative consequences both at work and where you live. Having your name on the Wyoming sex offender registry restricts where you can live and what kind of work you can do, in addition to the usual limitations that come from being convicted of a felony.
As a former prosecutor, I know how police in Wyoming investigate sex crimes. As a trial lawyer with more than 15 years in the courtroom, I understand your potential vulnerabilities. I use this experience to anticipate how the prosecutor will pursue your case, and to craft your defense.
When investigating sex crime allegations police will first interview the victim and any witnesses, and will investigate any physical evidence. They may request that you voluntarily come in for an interview or polygraph test. They may ask you to consent to a search, or to make a statement. By doing so, they play to your fear of getting caught and your incorrect belief that by cooperating with the police you will be able to avoid the charge.
They are playing on your vulnerabilities and your desire to protect your family.
Cooperating with the police can have devastating consequences on your defense against a Wyoming charge of sexual assault or sexual battery. If you have any reason to believe that you may be under investigation for sexual assault or sexual battery, you need to contact an experienced Wyoming criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. Your freedom may very well depend on it.
Once you hire The Law Office of Christina L. Williams, my team of experienced criminal defense professionals will work to shield you from the police and protect your rights. We will aggressively defend you. And if you do decide to take a plea deal, we will make sure that you understand all of the potential consequences before you do so.
If you’re under investigation or have been charged with sexual assault or sexual battery, contact The Law Office of Christina L. Williams today. Call us at 307-686-6556, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete our online form.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article is offered for educational purposes only. This information is not offered as legal advice. A person accused of a crime should always consult with an attorney before making decisions that have legal consequences.