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What Crimes Will Make You a Sex Offender?

While sex crimes often involve nonconsensual sex or forcible rape, not all sex offenses "lack consent." In Tennessee "sexual offenses" not only include crimes against the person such as rape, but they also include offenses against public morality such as prostitution, indecent exposure, and public indecency.

Examples of sex crimes in Tennessee, include:

Depending on the facts of the case, a sex offense may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. For example, a Class A misdemeanor is punishable by no more than 6 months in jail and a maximum fine of $500, or both.

On the other hand, a Class D felony is punishable by 2 to 12 years in prison, and a fine up to $3,000. The penalties for a Class C felony include 3 to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. A Class B felony is punishable by 8 to 30 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

Will you have to register as a sex offender?

If you are convicted of a sex offense, you may be required to register as a sex offender. Violent offenders are required to register for life, whereas "sexual offenders" may request the termination of their registration requirements after 10 years.

The failure to register or update records could result in a charge of a Class E felony. Additionally, if an offender is on probation or parole, failure to comply with registration requirements could result in the revocation of probation or parole.

Robert R. Kurtz, Attorney at Law Sex Offender Legal Counsel

Is someone accusing you of committing a sexual offense? Being accused of a sex crime can be embarrassing, the allegations can threaten your family and your career, and your future can be hanging by a tiny thread. Robert R. Kurtz, Attorney at Law, knows that sex crime cases are highly sensitive and require a strong and intelligent defense.

We are aware that sex crime cases are "he said, she said," but a lack of evidence does not necessarily mean that criminal charges won't lead to a conviction. We know what you are up against, what you stand to lose and we want to help!

Why we should be your first and last call:

  • We practice state and federal defense
  • We offer FREE case evaluations
  • Attorney Kurtz has 18 years of experience
  • Attorney Kurtz is a death penalty qualified lawyer

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Contact our office to speak with a compassionate, yet aggressive Knoxville sex crime defense attorney. We are on your side and will fight tooth and nail to get your charges reduced, if not dropped entirely!


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