Practical Advice for Defending Sex Abuse Cases in Oklahoma

This material was written for a lecture that I gave on defending a sex abuse case. It was written for lawyers defending sex abuse cases in Oklahoma State court. However, this material can also provide helpful legal information to non-lawyers. Nothing in this materials is intended to be legal advice for non-lawyers. Anyone who thinks that they may be suspected of a crime should seek the advice of a competent criminal defense lawyer immediately.

Introduction

When I talk about a sex abuse case I am referring to someone who is charged with Sexual Abuse of a Minor Child under Title 21 O.S. Section 843.5 or someone who is charged with Lewd Molestation under Title 21 O.S. §1123. Sex abuse charges are very serious cases. Those convicted of sex abuse crimes are required to serve at least 85% of the sentence they receive and they are required to register as a sex offender. When sentencing those who have been convicted of sexually abuse charge, jurors are not very forgiving. If you client is charged with multiple counts and is convicted at a jury trial he or she may receive more time for sexually abusing a child than if he or she would have killed someone.

Not a Typical Felony Charge

There are big differences between sex abuse charges other felony cases. When defending a sex abuse charge it is important to recognize these differences.