Sexual Offenses


Representing People Facing Sexual Offense Charges

Sexual offenses constitute some of the most serious, harrowing allegations that an individual could face. Unlike other serious crimes, even murder, sexual offenses require the accused to register for life as a sex offender, even after the entire length of the prison sentence has been served. Sex offender registration ensures that, even after their release from custody, individuals with these convictions will nevertheless be imprisoned by their past allegations forever. Moreover, most District Attorney’s Offices won’t even offer a plea agreement that does not include a minimum amount of jail time.

In order for the State to convict an individual of a sex crime, all the State needs is the adverse testimony of one lone witness. No other serious felony offenses could be predicated on such a paucity of evidence. The dismal reality is that both children and adults are capable of making false allegations of sexual offenses against otherwise innocent individuals. Unfortunately, this is all the State needs in order to move forward with charging someone with a sexual offense. With sexual offenses, a single outcry is enough to ensure decades in prison and a lifetime of sexual offender registration.

An individual facing a sex crime allegation faces decades in prison, lifelong sex offender registration, and total alienation from friends and family. Hiring a skilled, experienced criminal defense attorney can make the difference between that harrowing fate, or walking away cleared of  these drastic charges.

Sexual offenses include:

  • Improper relationship between teacher and student
  • Prostitution and solicitation
  • Sexually oriented business violations
  • Public lewdness
  • Indecent exposure
  • Online solicitation
  • Sexual offender registry issues
  • Sexual assault (rape) and aggravated sexual assault
  • Indecency with a child
  • Sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child

As a former Assistant District Attorney, Steve Shellist understands that the State will try to use deceitful tactics to obtain incriminating information against people charged with sexual offenses. . Many people who face these charges want to do whatever they can to comply with law enforcement to put these serious allegations to rest. They mistakenly talk to police, hoping that they can cut a deal. The team at the Shellist Law Firm knows how to protect clients from invasive law enforcement officials. With our experience, skill, and dedication, our firm has a unique insight into how sexual offenses are handled.