Johnson County Sex Crimes Lawyer
Sex offenses carry significant social stigma long before a person is even convicted of a crime. Once convicted, however, penalties including incarceration, expensive fines, mandatory registration as a sex offender, and other serious consequences can ensue. For these reasons, anyone accused of a sexual offense should consult a knowledgeable Johnson County sex crimes lawyer as soon as possible.
Jerry Merrill helps clients throughout Johnson County and surrounding areas challenge sex crimes allegations. If you are facing sex-related charges, you need an experienced attorney like Jerry fighting for you. His experience includes defending those charged with:
- Sexual Exploitation – Allegations related to possessing images of minors engaged in sex acts
- Rape — Including statutory rape where consent was present
- Sexual Battery & Aggravated Sexual Battery – Any unwanted form of sexual contact
- Lewd and lascivious behavior — Including having a sex organ open to public view
- Aggravated indecent liberties — Including sexual contact with an underage individual, even if intercourse does not occur
Aggressive Defense for Adults and Adolescents Charged With Sex Crimes
The sexual offense statutes in Kansas carry significant penalties, so an attorney is a vital asset. In fact, new and emerging forms of courtship and dating among adolescents with access to smartphones have led to teenage convictions under state child pornography laws. In these cases, a lawyer who can negotiate with the prosecution and present appropriate alternatives to existing charges can make all the difference.
Jerry Merrill’s previous prosecution experience and in-depth knowledge of prosecutorial latitude are central to his efforts defending adults and adolescents alike. He argues that youthful indiscretions between teenagers, as well as unverified private actions between adults, should not lead to required registration as a lifelong sex offender.
Collateral Consequences of Sex Offense Conviction
Serious crimes like sex offenses carry a whole host of negative consequences in addition to imprisonment and fines. Specifically, those convicted of sex crimes charges may be required to register as a sex offender. The length of the sex offender registration varies based on the crime and criminal history, but can include lifelong registration. Additionally, the publication of sex offender registries throughout the state makes it difficult for those on the list to find housing, employment and the chance at a fresh start.
Because so much is at stake, having Johnson County sex crimes lawyer on your side who believes in you and will fight for you is vital. Jerry Merrill invests in his clients and aggressively litigates to ensure that clients receive the most favorable outcome possible under the specific circumstances.