Goldsboro Sex Crime Lawyer
Respectful and Assertive Advocates Fighting by Your Side
No one wants to be accused of a sex crime. The consequences of a charge could attach a lifelong social stigma to you, and a conviction could add years in jail and thousands in fines. As a result, it is critical that you employ all the legal tools available to you to clear your name. At Strickland Agner Pittman, we are assertive fighters who will take out all the aggression on the other side. Our firm was founded on the principle of justice, and we firmly believe in your rights as a defendant in the face of wrongful or harsh accusations. Whether you have been accused of rape or child pornography, Strickland Agner Pittman is here to champion your defense and inform you of all your legal options.
Let’s get you out of your sex crime charges as soon as possible. Contact Strickland Agner Pittman for an initial consultation to get started.
Sex Offender Registration in North Carolina
Most sex crimes will also require sex offender registration for a minimum of 30 years and up to a lifetime of registration, depending on the severity of the offense. Individuals who have been convicted of an aggravated or repeat sex offense or those who have been deemed to be a “sexually violent predator” by the court will face the following registration requirements:
- Sex offender registration for life
- Verification of residence every 90 days
- Ineligibility to petition for a shorter registration period (unless the sentence is reversed, or they are pardoned)
All other individuals convicted of a sex crime will be required to register for at least 30 years. After 10 years of registration, they may file a petition with the court to terminate their registration requirement.
It is a Class F felony to fail to register as required, fail to notify the sheriff of a change of address, fail to return a verification notice, or forge the information on the verification notices.
There are several rules that registered sex offenders must follow, including (but not limited to):
- Registered offenders may not knowingly reside within 1,000 feet of a school or childcare center.
- Registered offenders cannot have a commercial driver’s license with a passenger or school bus endorsement.
- Registered offenders may not obtain a legal name change.
- Registered offenders are prohibited from being at any place intended for the use, care, or supervision of minors (e.g., schools, children’s museums, childcare centers, nurseries, and playgrounds).
- Registered offenders are not allowed within 300 feet of areas designated for children in places like shopping centers or other public places.
- Registered offenders are not allowed where minors frequently go (e.g., libraries, arcades, amusement parks, and swimming pools).
- Registered offenders are prohibited from being on the fairgrounds when an event is being conducted, such as the state fair.
Sex crimes can be confusing matters to navigate, both as you build your defense argument and as you make sense of the short-term and long-term consequences. Our attorneys at Strickland Agner Pittman are here to provide legal support and represent you in court. We have years of experience defending Goldsboro clients and will treat your case with respect and vigor. We will do our best to build an airtight defense and educate you on all your legal options moving forward.
Schedule an initial consultation with Strickland Agner Pittman to discuss your sex crimes defense today.
Rape and Sexual Assault
One of the most common categories of sex offenses is sexual assault, which is prosecuted in North Carolina as any of the following:
- First-degree rape: Class B1 felony punishable by a minimum of 25 years in prison and up to life in prison with no chance of parole if the alleged victim was younger than 12 years old or the offender had a prior conviction.
- Second-degree rape: Class C felony punishable by 58-73 months in prison for a first offense and up to 146 months in prison for a subsequent offense.
- First-degree sexual offense: Class B1 felony punishable by 144 months to life in prison without parole.
- Second-degree sexual offenses: Class C felony punishable by 44-182 months.
- Sexual battery: Class A1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 60-150 days of active, intermediate, or community punishment.
Statutory rape, defined as consensual or nonconsensual sex between an adult and a minor under the age of 16, is also a serious B1 felony. There are a couple of exceptions that may apply in statutory rape cases, and you can learn more about them on our Rape page.