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 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 criminal defense 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
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 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 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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free and completely confidential consultation (513) 399-5945!