Elkton, Maryland Criminal Sex Offenses Attorney
The sentences for sex crimes in the state of Maryland can be especially lengthy and followed by a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender. However, sex crimes are not always as cut and dry as investigators and prosecutors would have the public believe. In fact, in rape and sexual assault cases, the mishandling of evidence is not uncommon and the reliability of an alleged victim's testimony can often be unclear. At the Law Office of Michael J. Onifer, III, P.A., we advise and represent people accused of various sex crimes.
If you've been arrested and are unsure about your next steps, contact sex crimes attorney Michael J. Onifer today to schedule a confidential consultation. He will discuss your rights, explain your options and begin the process of constructing a strong defense.
Criminal Sexual Offenses
The Law Office of Michael J. Onifer, III, P.A., represents clients charged with the following sex crimes:
- Date rape
- Sexual assault
- Child molestation
- Lewd conduct with a minor
- Possession of child pornography
- Online solicitation of a minor
- Internet sex crimes
- Solicitation of a prostitute
Providing a Defense in Sex Crimes Cases
In sex crimes involving allegations of rape or sexual assault, issues of consent and plausibility often play a vital role. Is there sufficient evidence to establish that a victim did not consent to sexual contact? Was alcohol involved? Is there any medical evidence that suggests a struggle took place? As your attorney, Mr. Onifer will expose any contradictory or unsupported evidence that fails to establish a client committed the crime in question.
In cases involving child molestation, our office will critically evaluate the methods used by law enforcement and social workers when interviewing a child. Since children are highly suggestible, the use of a doll or drawing pictures at the behest of an interviewer may actually encourage children to imagine things that never actually happened. These are very serious cases that require the utmost care on the part of all parties.
Internet Sex Crimes
State and federal law enforcement officers now regularly enter chat rooms pretending to be minors or purveyors of child pornography. Engaging in conversation with chat room participants, they wait and see if someone engages in sexual conversation or offers to send or receive child pornography. The first issue that must be examined in these cases is whether or not the accused was actually sitting at the computer when the alleged incident took place. Next, there is the issue of entrapment, as well as other constitutional concerns surrounding the search and seizure of a hard drive.
As your lawyer, Mr. Onifer will carefully examine the actions of law enforcement officials and the evidence presented by the State. If the evidence against you is overwhelming and indisputable, we may be able to reduce the sentence by demonstrating that you are not a threat to the community. If you suffer from psychological problems or were abused as a child, this may persuade the court to reduce your sentence or place you on probation.
Contact Sex Crimes Attorney Michael J. Onifer Today
Regardless of whether you've been charged or are currently under investigation for a sex crime, it's essential to contact an attorney who understands how sex crimes cases are investigated and prosecuted. To schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case, contact sex crimes defense lawyer Michael J. Onifer today.