What we can learn from cases where defendants are charged with a sex crime? Even in Columbus, Ohio criminal defense lawyers can learn from accusations of sexual misconduct lodged earlier this week against Darren Sanders, the NFL Baltimore Raven’s chief of security.
A criminal complaint filed earlier this week in Baltimore, Maryland alleges he repeatedly groped a 34-year-old woman’s buttocks as they walked down a hallway, and then “pressed his body against her’s and kissed her neck and attempted to force her to grab his (genitals).”
If this occurred in Columbus, the allegations against Saunders could be charged as either:
(1) Sexual Imposition, an Ohio sex crime involving the touching of another person’s erogenous area defined in Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.06 and usually classified as a third degree misdemeanor; or
(2) Gross Sexual Imposition, a more serious Ohio sex crime also involving inappropriate touching but usually involving force defined in Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.05 and usually classified as a fourth degree felony.
Both are Ohio sex crimes involving potential jail or prison time and lengthy periods of registration as a sex offender.
If you’ve been arrested or charged with either “Sexual Imposition” or ‘Gross Sexual Imposition” in Columbus or central Ohio, there are several things you should know:
If you’re charged with a felony sex crime, it can be helpful to download a copy of our Ohio Felony Defense Guide to learn how to best defend your case.
Finding a legal team in Columbus with proven experience successfully defending sex charges can be a daunting task. If you are looking for legal help when charged with a sex crime, ask lawyers about their experience and record defending similar cases. Get the specifics. The best criminal defense attorneys are proud of their courtroom record, and are willing to share it. Do not fall prey to fancy certificates, plaques, YouTube videos, or memberships. The better criminal defense lawyers win their awards in the arena where they work, the courtrooms across Ohio. And the evidence of their success is in the NOT GUILTY verdicts and court DISMISSALS they win for their clients.