- Sex Crime Charges
Sex Crime Arrests
Huntsville leads the country in prosecuting many sexual offenses. It is home to the National Children’s Advocacy Center, as well as the Family Violence Unit of the District Attorney’s Office. These organizations take great pride in leading the charge against sexual and family violence issues.
Our society treats sex offenders harshly. Any crime bearing any relation to sex carries with it a strong stigma. It’s a stigma that lasts, too, and it’s one perpetuated by Alabama law. For most crimes, there’s at least some element of forgiveness, some element of allowing people to return to their lives once their time is served. That doesn’t apply for anyone convicted of a sexually related offense. Alabama law seeks to brand anyone convicted of a sex crime for life, and small wonder — lawmakers are elected, and there’s no better election fodder for politicians than being “tough on sex crime.” For those who are on the receiving end of such laws the result feels both vicious and vindictive.
This is all despite the fact that rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and other sexually related offenses are often founded in misunderstandings, exaggerated claims and false accusations. There are often many weaknesses in sex crime cases that prosecutors bring to trial, from lack of physical evidence to sparse or unclear witness testimony. While most prosecutors would never proceed with the case that they believed was false, they will often proceed with what they perceive to be a weak case knowing that they have a good chance of finding a sympathetic jury due to the stigma that accompanies anyone who has been charged with a sexually motivated crime.
Huntsville Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
Our legal team at Law Offices Of Segal & Segal will fight for your rights against a justice system that otherwise might railroad you. If you’ve been accused of a sexually related offense in the Huntsville area, whether rape, prostitution, child pornography or public lewdness, you’re facing stiff and severe penalties and may have a difficult case to make.
Your best bet is to be represented by a criminal defense attorney who is not only experienced in and knowledgeable about the criminal justice system, but someone who exhibits the honor and integrity our justice system is supposed to be about — someone the members of the jury will believe and trust. Call our experienced Huntsville sex crime lawyers at Law Offices Of Segal & Segal today at (256) 533-4529 or send an online message to set up a free consultation.
We will look at the facts of your case, listen to your side of the story, and will expose every hole in the prosecution and every misstep in gathering evidence. Our attorneys are experienced in handling sexually related offenses in the Madison County area, and we will put that experience to work for you. Both Andrew Segal and Sandra Segal have served as prosecutors and defense attorneys in a variety of courts. Sandra Segal served an Assistance City Attorney, prosecuting cases in Huntsville. Andrew Segal is a former Assistant Attorney General for Alabama and a former Madison County Assistant District Attorney.
Alabama laws are meant to bring shame upon those accused of sexually related offenses. We believe in the dignity of our clients. The principles espoused in “innocent until proven guilty” guide our criminal defense philosophy. We fight to uphold standards of justice and do so in a way that honors the integrity of our profession. That doesn’t go unnoticed by judges, jurors, and even prosecutors. We are respected, honest dealers in the courthouses in and around Huntsville.
If you’ve been accused of any sexual crime in the Huntsville-Decatur area, including anywhere in Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Limestone or Jackson Counties, have our experienced Huntsville defense attorneys on your side. Call us today.
Alabama Sex Crime Information Center
- Common Types of Alabama Sex Crimes
- Registering as a Sex Offender in Madison County and Other Restrictions
- Federal and Local Sex Crime Resources
- Methodically Defending Clients Accused of sexually related offenses in Huntsville
Sexually related offenses under Alabama law vary widely in substance and range from Class A misdemeanors to Class A felonies. They include:
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual torture
- Sexual misconduct
- Child sexual abuse/molestation
- Indecent exposure
- Enticing a child
- Public lewdness
- Child pornography
- Kidnapping, if the purpose was to sexually abuse the victim
- Transmitting obscene materials to a child
- Human trafficking
Each charge carries significant possibilities for jail time and fines, ranging from a year to life in prison and fines up to $60,000, depending on the specific offense. However, prison and fines are often only the beginning of your punishment if convicted of a sexual crime.
The Alabama Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification requires anyone convicted of a sexual offense to register. Even the drivers license or non-driver identification of the person convicted of sexual offense states in bold letters that they are convicted sexual offender. The registry is a public database, available to anyone online. People can search the database by your name, making it easy to find for any potential employer or person you hope to be in a relationship with. People can also search by a radius from a certain address, meaning all your neighbors will know.
Your closer neighbors won’t need to search, though — in Huntsville, the chief of police is obligated to inform everyone living within 1,000 feet of you that you are a sexual offender. In Decatur and other towns with more than 5,000 people, it’s 1,500 feet, and for towns of less than 5,000 and unincorporated areas, it’s 2,000 feet.
For each convicted sex offender, there is a photo, a physical description of the offender and his or her name, age, address, release date, vehicle information and the address of where he or she works. The entry also includes the charge the offender was convicted of, and the gender and age of the victim. Alabama is also part of a national registry, so you cannot simply move to another state and avoid the database. Other states have similar databases you will be listed in. The length of time one must register depends on the particular circumstances of that person and his or her charge. Some people may be done once their probation period is over, others will be in the registry for life.
People who register tell stories about how neighbors call children indoors when they walk down the street. They say it’s extremely difficult to get a job when a potential employer knows the business’s address will be listed in public as a place a sex offender works. They say they are the subject of anonymous threats and even violence.
Registration is not the only lasting and life-changing punishment. You also not allowed to live within 2,000 feet of a school or a child care center, even if your offense had nothing to do with children. You are also not allowed to live in the same residence as a minor, unless you are the child’s parent, stepparent, grandparent or sibling and your offense did not relate to minors.
These laws are supposedly there to protect people from sexual offenders, who politicians say have a high rate of recidivism. In reality, studies are mixed on how often people convicted of sexual crimes re-offend, with results often relating to very specific offenses and circumstances. These laws seem aimed more to add to the public shame of sexually related offenses. At Law Offices Of Segal & Segal, we believe in respect, and we’ll fight hard for you to keep your dignity and your liberty.
Alabama Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Search: This is the database where the public can search for sexual offenders by name or by address.
Madison County District Attorney Victim Services: If you’ve been the victim of a sexual crime in Madison County, this office can help you find counseling and assistance.
Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence: This organization advocates for the victims of rape and sexual abuse.
Huntsville-Madison County Human Trafficking Task Force: This organization educates people on human trafficking, which is the act of transporting people to act as sex workers.
If you’ve been accused of any kind of sex crime in the Huntsville area, it’s not only your liberty at stake, it’s your dignity. There’s so much on the line that you’ll want to be sure to form a very strong defense. At Law Offices Of Segal & Segal, our attorneys will fight for you. We’ll look for every hole in the prosecution’s case and expose every false allegation and exaggerated claim to get your charges reduced or dismissed, and we’ll fight for you in court if you plead “not guilty.”
If you’ve been accused of any sex crime in Huntsville, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Albertville or anywhere nearby, hire a lawyer that will fight for you. Call us today at (256) 533-4529 or send an online message for a free consultation.