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Sex Offenses Against Minors

Have you been charged with a sex offense against a minor in Ohio? Sex offenses against minors are very serious criminal charges. Sex offenses against minors are often the result of very complicated and emotional situations. If you are convicted of any kind of sex offense against a minor in Ohio, you will face harsh and unforgiving penalties and consequences that will have a deleterious impact on all areas of your life. A conviction for any sex offense against a minor will result in having to register as a sex offender, difficulty keeping or finding employment, and keeping custody of your children.

If you are being charged for a sex offense against a minor, it is imperative that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Regardless of what happened in your case, it is understandable that you are probably scared and overwhelmed by the charges that you are currently facing. You do not have go through this experience alone. The Cincinnati Criminal Defense Attorneys are here to provide their knowledge, understanding and legal counsel to help you deal with sex offenses with minor charges that you are facing. The sooner you consult with a Cincinnati Criminal Defense Attorney, the better, as they will work diligently to achieve the most favorable outcome for your case. This could mean the difference between serving less jail or prison time to a complete dismissal of the charges altogether.

Pandering obscenity involving a minor

Pandering obscenity involving a minor is defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2907.321) as anyone who has knowledge of the charter of the material or performance involved participates in any of the following actions:

  • Creates, reproduces or publishes any obscene material that has a minor as one of its participants or portrayed observers;
  • Promotes or advertises for sale or dissemination; sells, delivers, disseminates, displays, exhibits, presents, rents, or provides; or offers or agrees to sell, deliver, disseminate, displays, exhibits, presents, rents, or provides any obscene material that has a minor as one of its participants or portrayed observers;
  • Creates directs, or produces an obscene performance that has a minor as one of its participants
  • Advertises or promotes for presentation, presents, or participates in presenting an obscene performance that has a minor involved as a participant;
  • Buys, procures, possesses, or controls any kind of obscene material that has a minor involved as a participant;
  • Brings or causes to be brought into Ohio any obscene material that has a minor involved as a participant.

Penalties for pandering obscenity involving a minor

Ohio sex offenses against a minor penalty breakdown

  • Pandering obscenity
    typically a second degree felony
  • Gross sexual imposition
    third degree felony
  • Unlawful conduct
    fourth degree felony

If you are convicted of pandering obscenity involving a minor in Ohio, you will face harsh penalties including extensive prison time and exorbitant fines and fees. The resulting penalties that you will face are dependent on the severity of the facts and circumstances of your case. In addition to a prison sentence and fines, you will also be required to register as a sex offender in your community.

If you are convicted for pandering obscenity involving a minor in Ohio, you will most likely be charged with a second degree felony. A second degree felony entails serving a minimum of two years and up to a maximum of eight years in prison and paying up to $15,000 in fines.

If you are convicted for pandering obscenity involving a minor and the facts of your case indicate that bought, procured, possessed or controlled any obscene material that involved a minor, then you will be charged with a fourth degree felony. This charge entails serving a minimum of 6 months and up to a maximum of 18 months in jail and paying up to $5,000 in fines.

If you are been previously convicted or plead guilty to another sex related offense and are convicted for pandering obscenity involving a minor then you will be charged with a third degree felony. This charge entails serving at least one and up to five years in prison and paying up to $10,000 in fines.

Importuning
Importuning is defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2907.07) as participating in any of the following actions:

  • Soliciting another person who is under 13 years old to participate in sexual activity, whether or not you were aware of their age.
  • If you are 18 years or older, you attempted to have sex with another person who is not your spouse but is between 13 and 15 years old, and greater than 4 years younger than you;
  • If you are 18 years or older, you attempted to have sex with someone who is not your spouse that is 16 or 17 years old, greater than 4 years younger than you, and also a human trafficking victim;
  • If you are 18 years or older, you attempted to have sex with someone through using electronic means such as texting, a chat room, emailing, or instant messaging in addition to any of circumstances listed below:
    • You had knowledge the person you were communicating with was under 13 years old;
    • You communicated with a person you believed to be under 13 years old, although they were actually a police officer pretending to be under 13 years old;
    • You had the knowledge that the person you were communicating with was between 13 and 15 years old and you were at least three years older.
    • You believed the person you were communicating with was between 13 and 15 years old and you were at least three years older, although they were actually a police officer pretending to be between 13 and 15 years old.

Penalties for Importuning

If you are convicted of importuning in Ohio, you will face harsh penalties including extensive prison time and exorbitant fines and fees. The resulting penalties that you will face are dependent on the severity of the facts and circumstances of your case. In addition to a prison sentence and fines, you will also be required to register as a sex offender in your community.

If you are convicted for importuning in Ohio and the facts of your case indicate that you solicited another person who was under 13 years old to participate in sexual activity, then you will be charged with a third degree felony. This charge entails serving at least one and up to five years in prison and paying up to $10,000 in fines.

If you are convicted for importuning in Ohio and the facts of your case indicate that you attempted to have sex with someone through electronic means and any of the previous listed circumstances are applicable, you will be charged with a third degree felony. This charge entails serving at least one and up to five years in prison and paying up to $10,000 in fines.

If you have previously been convicted of a sexual or child related offense in Ohio and the facts of your case indicate that you solicited another person who was under 13 years old to participate in sexual activity, then you will be charged with a second degree felony. This charge entails serving a minimum of two years and up to a maximum of eight years in prison and paying up to $15,000 in fines.

If you have previously been convicted of a sexual or child related offense in Ohio and the facts of your case indicate that you attempted to have sex with someone through electronic means and any of the previous listed circumstances are applicable, you will be charged with a second degree felony. This charge entails serving a minimum of two years and up to a maximum of eight years in prison and paying up to $15,000 in fines.

If you are convicted for importuning in Ohio and the facts of your case indicate that you attempted to have sex with another person who is not your spouse but is between 13 and 15 years old, and at least 4 years younger than you, then you will be charged with a fifth degree felony. This charge entails serving a minimum of six months and up to a year in jail and paying up to $2,500 in fines.

If you are convicted for importuning in Ohio and the facts of your case indicate that you attempted to have sex with another person who is not your spouse that is 16 or 17 years old, greater than 4 years younger than you, and also a human trafficking victim, then you will be charged with a fifth degree felony. This charge entails serving a minimum of six months and up to a year in jail and paying up to $2,500 in fines.

If you have previously been convicted of a sexual or child related offense in Ohio and the facts of your case indicate that you attempted to have sex with another person who is not your spouse but is between 13 and 15 years old, and at least 4 years younger than you, then you will be charged with a fourth degree felony. This charge entails serving a minimum of 6 months and up to a maximum of 18 months in jail and paying up to $5,000 in fines.

If you have previously been convicted of a sexual or child related offense in Ohio and the facts of your case indicate that you attempted to have sex with another person who is not your spouse that is 16 or 17 years old, greater than 4 years younger than you, and also a human trafficking victim, then you will be charged with a fourth degree felony. This charge entails serving a minimum of 6 months and up to a maximum of 18 months in jail and paying up to $5,000 in fines.

Gross Sexual Imposition of a Minor

Gross sexual imposition of a minor is defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2907.05) as participating in either:

  • Having some kind of sexual contact with a person other than your spouse who is less than 13 years old, or influencing them to have with you, or influencing two other individuals to engage in sexual activity, where one is under 13 years old.
  • Touching the genitals of a person under 12 years old, while they were not clothed, and the touching was to intentionally abuse, humiliate, harass degrade, arouse or gratify them.

Penalties for Gross Sexual Imposition with a Minor

If you are convicted of gross sexual imposition with a minor in Ohio, you will face harsh penalties including extensive prison time and exorbitant fines and fees. The resulting penalties that you will face are dependent on the severity of the facts and circumstances of your case. In addition to a prison sentence and fines, you will also be required to register as a sex offender in your community.

If you are convicted of gross sexual imposition with a minor in Ohio and the facts of your case indicate that you had sexual contact with someone other than you spouse who is less than 13 years old, you will be charged with a third degree felony. This charge entails serving at least one and up to five years in prison and paying up to $10,000 in fines.

If you are convicted of gross sexual imposition with a minor and the facts of your case indicate that you touched the genitals of someone under 12 years old, then you will be charged with a third degree felony. This charge entails serving at least one and up to five years in prison and paying up to $10,000 in fines.

Unlawful sexual conduct with a Minor

Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2907.04) as anyone who is 18 years or older and knowingly and recklessly participates in sexual behavior with another person who is between 13 and 16 years old. This person also cannot be their spouse.

Penalties for Unlawful Conduct with a Minor

If you are convicted for unlawful conduct with a minor in Ohio, you will face harsh penalties including extensive prison time and exorbitant fines and fees. The resulting penalties that you will face are dependent on the severity of the facts and circumstances of your case, such as how much older you are than the victim and whether you have been previously convicted. In addition to a prison sentence and fines, you will also be required to register as a sex offender in your community.

If you are convicted for unlawful conduct with a minor in Ohio, you will typically be charged with a fourth degree felony. This charge entails serving a prison sentence of at least six and up to a maximum of 18 months in prison and paying up to $5,000 in fines.

If you are convicted for unlawful conduct with a minor and the facts of your case indicate than you are less than four years older than the minor, then you will be charged with a first degree misdemeanor. This charge entails a maximum of 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.

If you are convicted for unlawful conduct with a minor and the facts of your case indicate that you ten or more years older than the minor then you will be charged with a third degree felony. This charge entails serving at least one and up to five years in prison and paying up to $10,000 in fines.

If you have previously been convicted or plead to guilty to a sexual offense, you will be charged with a second degree felony. This charge entails serving at least two and up to a maximum of eight years in prison and paying up to $15,000 in fines.

Other Consequences of Sex Offenses Against Minors

Sex offenses against minors in Ohio carry harsh and unforgiving consequences if you are convicted. Due to the serious nature of sex offenses against minors, this charge will likely be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. If you are convicted for any sex offense against a minor, all other areas of your life will be profoundly impacted in negative way. It important to be aware that you will face difficulty keeping or finding a job, furthering your education, difficulty financially, obtaining loans, maintaining professional licensures and keeping custody of your children.

Any kind of sex offense against a minor conviction will result in having to register and be classified as a sex offender. Registering as a sex offender entails making the public aware that you have been convicted of a harmful sex offense and may pose a risk of harm or danger to the surrounding community. Due to the sex offense you committed being public information, you may face being known throughout your community as disturbed or dangerous. Depending the severity of the offense that you committed, you will be classified as a sex offender based on a tiered system.

  • If you are a Tier I sex offender, you are required by law to register as a sex offender every year for 15 years. If you were a minor at the time the offense was committed, you will have to register as a sex offender every 10 years.
  • If you are a Tier II sex offender, you are required by law to register as a sex offender every 180 days for 25 years. If you were a minor at the time the offense was committed, you will have to register as a sex offender every 180 days for 20 years.
  • If you are a Tier III sex offender, you are required by law to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of your life. You will also be subject to a community notification.

Every day in Ohio, there are many individuals who are charged with sex offenses against minors. If you are facing charges for a sex offense against a minor, it is imperative that you immediately contact the Cincinnati Criminal Defense Attorneys. A sex offense against a minor charge can be an overwhelming and anxiety inducing experience, and you do not have to go through it alone. Although every case is different, it is crucial that you obtain an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney as soon as possible who will fight vigorously for your legal rights and best interest. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the better your options will be regarding your sentence. The Cincinnati Criminal Defense team has successfully defended hundreds of individuals charged with sex offenses against minors. Their knowledge, experience and compassion for your case will help you receive the justice you deserve.

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