Gross Sexual Imposition Charges in Ohio

Penalties, Definition, and Defenses for Gross Sexual Imposition

If you are facing charges of gross sexual imposition in Ohio, it is imperative you take these criminal charges seriously and contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Gross sexual imposition cases can be complicated; the sensitive circumstances surrounding your case could negatively impact your reputation. A gross sexual imposition is when a person engages in sexual contact with another individual against their will. These cases often involve victims who have been impaired by alcohol or drugs.

At Bleile & Dawson, we understand how scared and overwhelmed you might be feeling. Understand now, whatever the circumstances surrounding your case, our experienced team of Cincinnati sex crimes lawyers are ready to offer you the compassionate, legal support you need. Our team is available 24/7 to hear your side of the story and provide legal counsel.

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Definition of Gross Sexual Imposition

Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2907.05) states gross sexual imposition is anyone who engages in sexual contact with another who is not their spouse, or causes another who is not their spouse to engage in sexual contact against their will, or causes two or more individuals to have sexual contact under the following conditions:

  • The accused forced one or more people to submit by threat or physical force.
  • The accused impairs the victim’s judgment by administering alcohol or drugs by force or deception.
  • The accused knew the victim was impaired and unable to give consent as a result of alcohol or drugs administered as part of a medical or dental treatment, examination or surgery.
  • The victim or victims are less than 13 years old.
  • The victim is substantially impaired or unable to resist or give consent to due to a physical or mental condition, or due to advanced age.

Penalties for Gross Sexual Imposition

If you are found guilty of gross sexual imposition, it is a fourth-degree felony. You could face up to 18 months’ imprisonment or probation. Those guilty of sexually oriented offenses are required to register in-person as a sex offender.

If sedatives, alcohol or other substances were used in conjunction with the gross sexual imposition, or if the victim was less than 13 years old, it is a third-degree felony. You face between 1 and 5 years of imprisonment. You would not be eligible for probation alternatives if there was other evidence in addition to the testimony of the victim to substantiate the crime and/or the offender had a prior sex offense on record with an individual less than 13 years old.

Consequences of Gross Sexual Imposition

A gross sexual imposition conviction in Ohio can carry significant, life-altering consequences in addition to extensive prison time, fees and fines. A conviction of this magnitude remains on your record for the rest of your life, impacting your ability to rent an apartment, get hired for a job, or visit certain places.

A conviction of a sex offense means you must register as a sex offender. Based on the severity of your offense, you will be classified as a tier 1, tier 2 or tier 3 sex offender.

Below is a summary of the Ohio Tier Classification of Registered Sex Offenders chart.

Tier I Sex Offenders

  • Required to register as a sex offender annually for 15 years
  • Must register any change of address
  • Change of employment or,
  • Enrollment into any institution of higher education

Tier II Sex Offenders

  • Must register with their County Sheriff every 180 days for 25 years
  • Must register any change of address,
  • Change of employment or,
  • Enrollment into a school or institution of higher education

Tier III Sex Offenders

  • Must register with their local County Sheriff every 90 days for the rest of their life
  • Must register change of address
  • Change of employment or,
  • Enrollment into a college or other higher education institution.

Legal Defenses to Gross Sexual Imposition

Every day innocent people are convicted of sex crimes due to ineffective criminal defense lawyers. Don’t let this be you! At Bleile & Dawson, we are backed by over 20 years of collective criminal defense experience and are available around the clock for you. Our approach to defending those charged with gross sexual imposition and other sex offenses include the following strategies.

Statute of Limitations

First, your Cincinnati sex crimes attorney will examine whether the charges brought are within the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations on sex crimes exists to protect the accused individual from having to defend themselves against a crime committed so long ago the evidence could be misconstrued or testimony misremembered.

Motivation of the Accuser

Next, your legal team can examine the motivations and background of the accuser. Often sex crimes cases are built upon the word of your accuser with little evidence to substantiate their claim. Through proper investigation and psychological examination, our team can compile evidence that provides reasonable doubt the crime was committed.

Suppression of Evidence

The law has strict guidelines surrounding the search and seizure of evidence. If photographs, text messages or other digital files were collected from you, our Cincinnati criminal defense lawyers can examine whether those pieces of evidence were obtained legally. If through their thorough investigation, it is discovered the evidence was procured illegally, they can file a motion to suppress the evidence.

Experienced Defense Ready to Safeguard Your Future

The legal team of Bleile & Dawson is ready to help guide you through this complicated, overwhelming process. With so much on the line, you need to team up with a criminal defense attorney experienced in defending those charged with a sex crime. The Cincinnati criminal defense attorneys from our firm have over two decades of experience representing those who have been charged with a crime in Ohio.

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