Sex Crimes take many different variants, with many diverse and severe consequences attached. Sex crimes can range from a Class A felony that requires life in prison to a serious misdemeanor, the second lowest level offense in the State of Iowa. In addition to prison or jail, Iowa Sex crimes include a wide variety of collateral punishments, which in of itself can be severe. This includes the following:
The Sex Offender Registry. Certain crimes require a convicted individual to register on the Sex Offender Registry for a period of 10 years or if the crime is aggravated offense, a lifetime registry. Being on the sex offender registry requires updated personal information, including your address and a photograph of you available to the public and can include restrictions on where you can reside and with whom you can reside.
Sexual Offender Treatment Program (SOTP). This is a program that an offender is required to comply with if sentenced to prison or probation. This program involves electronic monitoring, curfews, limited internet use, polygraph assessments, and penile plethysmography.
Special Sentence. Certain crimes require the offender to be sentenced to a “special sentence” or more simply put, lifetime parole. Essentially, unless otherwise excused by a parole board, an individual will be supervised by the department of corrections for the rest of their lives.
Civil Commitments. A person who is convicted, and serves out the sentence imposed by a Court may still not be finished with the case. Under Iowa Civil Commitment law, if a person is convicted of a sexually violent offense, serves their sentence, they may again find themselves confined to a mental institution if court finds them to be a “sexual predator”. This confinement lasts until the mental abnormality is cured.
Chemical Castration. If a person is convicted of a serious sex offense, the Court or the board of parole may require the person to undergo medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment. This treatment castrates the individual and prevents them from having children in the future.
ANDERSON & TAYLOR, Iowa Criminal Defense Attorneys
If you are charged with a sex crime, a Criminal Defense Attorney from Anderson & Taylor, PLLC can fight for your rights to ensure you get the best outcome in your case. Our lawyers can push back against accusations of sex abuse, utilizing their skill and experience in the courtroom to defend against these charges. Anderson & Taylor also utilize skilled professionals in investigation and expert testimony. Call us today at (515) 282-8637 to set up a free consultation.
We represent those accused in Des Moines, Polk County, Marion County, Dallas County, Warren County, Story County, Madison County, and throughout the State of Iowa.