Reno Sex Crimes Lawyer

A conviction for a sex crime whether a felony or a misdemeanor can lead to more than just a prison sentence. You face a lifetime of supervision by the Parole Board, mandatory registration as a sex offender, and damage to your reputation and career. You may be unable to move to a new residence without the state’s approval and not allowed near schools, playgrounds, or movie theaters.

Whether law enforcement is investigating you for a sex crime or you have been arrested for one, contact a skilled criminal defense attorney right away. John Arrascada has over 30 years of experience representing people being investigated for or charged with a sex offense. Working with experienced Reno sex crimes lawyer John Arrascada could make all the difference in the outcome of your case. With over 30 years of experience, John Arrascada knows what it takes to protect your rights and preserve your best interests when you are being investigated for or charged with a sex offense.

Types of Sex Crimes in  Northern Nevada

If a misdemeanor or felony has a sexual component, it may be considered a sex crime in Nevada. Some of the most common charges include:

  • Sexual assault, commonly referred to as rape, is a felony that occurs when one person performs penetrative sex on another person who does not or cannot consent
  • Statutory Sexual Seduction, a felony, occurs when an adult has sex with a minor younger than 16 regardless of whether the minor consents to the sex act.
  • Child pornography is a felony in which the accused intentionally possesses, promotes, or produces sexual depictions of children
  • Indecent exposure involves intentionally displaying genitalia to the public; a first offense is a gross misdemeanor
  • Prostitution is the exchange of a sex act for something valuable, which is legal in licensed brothels in 10 Nevada counties but is illegal in Washoe County; a first offense is a misdemeanor and additional offenses are gross misdemeanors

Mr. Arrascada is highly experienced in defending against a range of sex crime charges in Reno and can tailor a defense to the specific situation.

Sentencing for Sexually Based Offenses

Misdemeanor sex crimes are punishable by a maximum of 6 months in the county jail. Gross Misdemeanor sex offenses are punishable by up to 364 days in county jail and possible fines. A conviction for indecent exposure could mean a sentence of up to 364 days in the county jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor sex crime convictions also lead to mandatory registration as a sex offender.  John Arrascada will work to reach resolutions that do not carry sex offender registration requirements and will be ready to present a vigorous defense at trial.

Felonies carry heavier penalties. For instance, a conviction for sexual assault can mean life in prison. Because of the severity of many felony sex crimes, consulting a renowned local attorney, like John Arrascada, early in the proceedings is crucial.

Sex Offender Registry

Nevada requires people convicted of sex crimes to register as sex offenders at one of three levels. Tier I offenders must register as a sex offender for 15 years and must report to law enforcement annually. Their information remains private unless the offense involves children.

Tier II offenders are those convicted of crimes against people younger than 18. They remain in the registry for 25 years and must check in with law enforcement every six months. Tier III offenders are required to register as a sex offender for life and report to law enforcement every 90 days. The public can search online for extensive information, including one’s residence for those required to register as Tier II and III sex offenders.

Working with an experienced Reno sex crimes lawyer to prevent a conviction is the best way to avoid the consequences of sex offender registration.

Lifetime Supervision

Nevada Revised Statute § 213.1243 establishes rules for lifetime supervision for sex offenders after they are released from prison. Parolees must seek approval for housing and employment, this includes moving and changing jobs, and must abstain from using alcohol and drugs. Counseling is also required. Parolees must also submit to drug testing and take a polygraph test when their supervisor requests this.

Defenses to Sex Crimes

Every sex crime allegation has more than one perspective. Legal representation can have a huge impact in helping a defendant tell their side of the story. For example, if a defendant is charged with distributing child pornography, the prosecutor must prove they intended to promote, distribute, or produce that pornography. A skilled Reno lawyer can defend against that sex crime charge by arguing the defendant lacked those intentions. John Arrascada tackles these cases with sensitivity, discretion, and tireless dedication to their clients’ best interests.

Call a Reno Sex Crimes Attorney for a Strong Defense

When you are being investigated for or are charged with a sex crime, you face significant, life-changing consequences. Do not risk your future when the stakes are this high. You need tenacious and experienced representation from a Reno sex crimes lawyer who has the experience and legal know-how to secure a positive outcome in your case.

Mr. Arrascada will skillfully defend you against these allegations. We will be your partners in pinning down the most effective strategy for your situation. Contact John Arrascada today to begin working on your defense.