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Child Sex Abuse

Any sex crime allegation can have a devastating effect on the alleged offender, but the consequences can be especially damaging for people accused of sexually abusing a child. If convicted of this charge, a person not only faces heavy fines and lengthy imprisonment, but he or she will also be required to register as a sex offender and see employment or housing possibilities dramatically limited.

Even if an alleged offender is alter proven innocent, the mere accusation of sexually abusing a child can force that person to carry an enormous, crushing social stigma. People who have been accused of these types of sex crimes need an aggressive defense in order to restore their good names.

Huntsville Child Sex Abuse Lawyer

If you have been accused of sexually abusing a child, you should not delay in contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney. Law Offices Of Segal & Segal represents clients all over Northern Alabama who have been accused of sex crimes, and we will aggressively pursue the most favorable resolution to your case.

Our firm serves the greater Huntsville area, including Jackson County, Limestone County, Madison County, Marshall County, and Morgan County. You can call (256) 533-4529 or send us a message online to schedule a free, confidential consultation that will let us review your case and discuss your legal options with you.


Alabama Child Sex Abuse Overview


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Child Sex Abuse Charges in Alabama

These are the specific laws Alabama has relating to sexual abuse charges:

  • Sexual abuse in the first degree, Code of Alabama § 13A-6-66 — This is a Class C felony if an alleged offender subjects another person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion or subjects another person to sexual contact who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated.
  • Sexual abuse in the second degree, Code of Alabama § 13A-6-67 — This is a Class A misdemeanor if an alleged offender subjects another person to sexual contact who is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 16 years old or if the alleged offender is 19 years of age or older and subjects another person to sexual contact who is less than 16 years of age, but older than 12 years of age. NOTE: If the alleged offender commits a second or subsequent offense of sexual abuse in the second degree within one year of another sexual offense, this is a Class C felony.
  • Sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, Code of Alabama § 13A-6-69.1 — This is a Class B felony if an alleged offender is 16 years of age or older and subjects another person who is less than 12 years old to sexual contact.

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Madison County Child Sex Abuse Penalties

The consequences of a conviction for sexually abusing a child depend on the level of the offense, but may include:

  • Class A Misdemeanor — Up to one year in county jail and fines of up to $6,000
  • Class C Felony — At least one year and one day, up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $15,000
  • Class B Felony — At least two years, up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $30,000
  • Class A Felony — At least 10 years, up to 99 years or life in prison and fines of up to $60,000

Additionally, an alleged offender may face enhanced penalties under Alabama’s habitual felony offender law if he or she has been previously convicted of a felony. Under Code of Alabama § 13A-5-9:

  • If an alleged offender has been previously convicted of a felony:
    • Class C felony conviction means the alleged offender will be punished for a Class B felony
    • Class B felony conviction means the alleged offender will be punished for a Class A felony
    • Class A felony conviction means the alleged offender will be punished by imprisonment for life or for any term of not more than 99 years but not less than 15 years
  • If an alleged offender has been previously convicted of any two felonies:
    • Class C felony conviction means the alleged offender will be punished for a Class A felony
    • Class B felony conviction means the alleged offender will be punished by imprisonment for life or for any term of not more than 99 years but not less than 15 years
    • Class A felony conviction means the alleged offender will be punished by imprisonment for life or for any term of not less than 99 years
  • If an alleged offender has been previously convicted of any three felonies:
    • Class C felony conviction means the alleged offender will be punished by imprisonment for life or for any term of not more than 99 years but not less than 15 years
    • Class B felony conviction means the alleged offender will be punished by imprisonment for life or any term of not less than 20 years
    • Class A felony conviction in which the alleged offender has no prior convictions for any Class A felony means the alleged offender will be punished by imprisonment for life or life without the possibility of parole, in the discretion of the trial court
    • Class A felony conviction in which the alleged offender has one or more prior convictions for any Class A felony means the alleged offender be punished by imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole

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Alabama Child Sex Abuse Defenses

Some of the possible defenses against these charges may include, but are not limited to:

  • False accusation in midst of divorce or child custody case
  • Insufficient evidence
  • Mistaken identity
  • No sexual intent
  • Police misconduct or constitutional rights violations
  • Testimony tainted by inappropriate questions from counselors, investigators, prosecutors, teachers, or others

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Find the Best Child Sex Abuse Lawyer in Huntsville

You should immediately speak to a skilled criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with sexually abusing a child. Law Offices Of Segal & Segal defends clients in the greater Huntsville area, including such communities as Albertville, Athens, Decatur, Madison, New Hope, and Scottsboro.

Both Andre Segal and Sandra Segal are former prosecutors who understand how these types of cases are handled, what the weaknesses might be, and how those flaws can be exposed. We can review your case during a free and completely confidential consultation as soon as you call our firm at (256) 533-4529 or send us a message online.