Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Attorneys
Staunch advocates protecting your reputation, your rights and your freedom in sensitive sexual assault and sex offense cases
Even though the law says you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, merely being accused of committing a sexual assault or sex crime can be enough to jeopardize your good name and reputation. When your future is at stake, you need a tenacious advocate on your side. The Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyers at Dotson & Taylor have more than 40 years of combined experience defending clients facing all types of sex-related crimes. Our reputation for results speaks for itself.
Aggressively defending you against sexual assault allegations
We are exhaustive in our process of analyzing the facts and evidence of your case to prevent the filing of charges by prosecutors. If charges have already been filed against you, establishing a dialogue early in the case with police and prosecutors makes it clear to them that we are prepared to tenaciously challenge and fight the allegations. It is important to keep in mind that sexual assault charges are nothing more than allegations unless the evidence at trial proves them to be true beyond a reasonable doubt.
A sexual assault conviction is a felony with long-lasting affects
Tennessee makes it a crime to force or compel another person to engage in unwanted sexual contact. This contact may occur under any of the following circumstances:
- Force or Coercion: Using threats of physical harm or other forms of coercion or force to make a victim submit to sexual contact.
- Lack of Consent: This includes sexual contact under circumstances in which the victim did not consent, or the offender had reason to know the victim did not consent.
- Victim Unable to Consent: Consent cannot be obtained from victims incapable of giving it because of a mental defect, mental incapacity or physical impairment. This would include situations in which the victim was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Fraud: Sexual contact under circumstances in which the victim is convinced through fraudulent means to consent is the equivalent of there being no consent.
A conviction of sexual assault or other sex offense can result in your imprisonment, fines and a requirement that you register as a sex offender. Some of the information from the sex offender registry is available to the public and can cause you to be denied certain types of employment. It could even restrict how close you could live to a school or child care facility.
We understand the serious and sensitive nature of sexual assault charges understand the impact they can have on your personal and professional life. This is why we look for unlawful seizures of evidence, violations of your constitutional rights and other misconduct by police or prosecutors that could mean the difference between a conviction with a criminal record and a disposition of the case that is in your favor.
Trust our Murfreesboro sexual assault defense lawyers
If you have been arrested, or are under investigation for sexual assault allegations, you need strong legal representation. Contact the experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys at Dotson & Taylor to schedule a free initial consultation by calling 615-890-1982, or contact us online.