ANCHORAGE SEXUAL OFFENSE ATTORNEYS
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a sexual offense, it is crucial that you act quickly and speak with a knowledgeable defense attorney. Most often, individuals will face public scrutiny as well as the criminal justice system. You need an experienced attorney on your side.
The Anchorage sexual offense lawyers at the Law Office of Dattan Scott Dattan have decades of experience guiding clients through the legal system. We provide legal advice and defense to clients throughout Alaska on a wide range of sexual offense charges, including:
Sexual assault and sexual offenses have become increasingly difficult to understand, particularly in instances in which one party believes the other party was consenting or willingly participating in arguably flirtatious behavior. As the boundaries between acceptable conduct and sexual offences are widening, it is still important to understand what sexual assault is.
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault occurs when one party engages in sexual conduct or behavior which is not condoned by the recipient of such behavior. In other words, sexual assault occurs without the consent of the other person.
Sexual assault is an offence that is concerned with consent. If consent is present, it is difficult to prove sexual assault was committed with respect to the act in question.
Are there different kinds of sexual assault?
In Alaska, there are various forms of sexual assault:
- Assault in the first degree
- Assault in the second degree
- Assault in the third degree
- Assault in the fourth degree
- Statutory Rape
In brief terms, assault in the first degree occurs when a person engages in sexual assault, causing serious physical injury to that person while sexual assault in the second degree is defined similarly, excluding physical harm.
Sexual assault in the second degree is a Class B felony which is punishable by up to 99 years imprisonment while first degree sexual assault is an unclassified felony.
Sexual assault in the third degree is a Class C felony and if the assault results in a first felony conviction, the offender could face 2 to 12 years imprisonment.
Statutory rape occurs when sexual assault is classified as rape (sexual penetration) with a youth. In such cases, consent is immaterial. Even if a youth has indicated that they are willing to engage in sexual activity, it is still classified as statutory rape and such offences constitute as sexual abuse under Alaskan statute.
Sexual assault in the fourth degree is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year of imprisonment and a possible fine of up to $25,000.
Regardless of whether you have been charged with sexual assault of Class A or above, it is important to understand the specific events that took place during the alleged sexual offense.
Alaska Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer
Depending on your charge, you can face devastating consequences upon conviction. These penalties can include jail time, fines, community service, probation or placing your name on the sex offender registry. It is our goal to limit your exposure to these consequences while fighting toward a swift and efficient resolution to your case. Clients count on us to thoroughly investigate the charges, review supporting documentation and interview witnesses to develop an effective defense strategy.
When you need the legal guidance and insight of an experienced sex crimes attorney, contact the Law Office of Dattan Scott Dattan. You can trust us for personal service, dedicated representation and aggressive defense from start to finish.
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Our team of highly trained Anchorage attorneys are well versed in areas of sexual assault and possible defenses. Call (907) 276-8008 or email our Anchorage law office for a confidential consultation with an experienced Anchorage criminal defense lawyer. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.