Oklahoma takes sex crimes seriously. Those found guilty can face significant consequences — including prison time, monetary penalties, a requirement to register as a sex offender, and even the death penalty.
Tulsa sex crimes defense lawyer Tracy Tiernan – Attorney at Law represents people facing a broad range of sex crimes. For nearly 30 years, Tracy has been fighting for his clients’ rights and freedom. If you have been charged with a sex crime, Tracy is the lawyer you need in your corner.
Oklahoma Sex Crime Laws
Sex crime charges in Oklahoma may involve rape, sexual assault or battery, prostitution, human trafficking, child pornography, or soliciting a minor. These charges can be nuanced, but each carries significant consequences.
- Rape: As an experienced rape defense lawyer, Tracy represents people accused of forced sexual intercourse in Oklahoma. Even if violence or force is not involved, sex with someone younger than 16 or someone who lacks the mental capacity to consent is automatically considered rape. Those convicted of first-degree rape in Oklahoma face at least five years in prison and may face the death penalty. Second-degree rape convictions are punishable by one to 15 years in prison.
- Sexual assault/battery: The crime of sexual battery involves intentional sexual contact with someone over age 16 when the contact did not involve penetration. This broad charge covers violent assaults as well as unwanted flirtatious sexual contact. This felony sex crime could lead to up to 10 years in prison and registration as a sex offender. A skilled sexual assault defense lawyer will work to help fight the charges against you.
- Prostitution: As in most states, prostitution is a crime in Oklahoma. Charges can stem from making appointments to engage in sexual contact in exchange for money or something of value, soliciting prostitution, or from being in a vehicle or another place for the purpose of committing prostitution. Convictions can come with jail time, monetary fines and community service. Prostitution near a school or a church, or when knowingly infected with HIV, carries significantly higher penalties.
- Human trafficking: The crime of human trafficking in Oklahoma involves forced sexual exploitation or labor. If you are charged with sex trafficking, it means the state believes it has evidence that you forced someone into prostitution. If convicted of human trafficking, you face a minimum of five years in prison, a maximum of 10 years and monetary penalties of up to $20,000 — if the charges involve a victim younger than 18.
- Child pornography: You could face child pornography charges in Oklahoma for purchasing, possessing, making, distributing, or even failing to report images or videos showing a minor engaged in sexual acts, sodomy or sadomasochistic abuse. Child pornography charges can also stem from allowing or consenting to a child’s participation in pornography. In cases where the state alleges felony aggravated possession of child pornography, accused persons can face consequences up to life in prison.
- Soliciting a minor: Asking a minor to engage in a sexual act in Oklahoma can lead to charges of soliciting a minor, whether or not someone meets with the minor to have sex. When alleged solicitation occurs online, a convicted person can face felony charges and up to life in prison and must register as a sex offender.
A Skilled Tulsa Sex Crimes Defense Attorney Will Fight for You
Whether you need a sexual battery defense attorney or a lawyer who can help you fight rape, prostitution, solicitation or other sex crime charges, trust Tracy to be there for you every step of the way. With decades of experience, Tracy has helped countless Oklahomans by advocating for them inside and outside the courtroom. Tracy is committed to helping his clients obtain the best possible outcome for their cases.
Contact Us Today
Being charged with a sex crime in Oklahoma can threaten your freedom and reputation. You need a dedicated, knowledgeable sex crime attorney on your side. To learn more about why people in the Tulsa area choose Tracy as their sexual defense lawyer, schedule a free case review online or call 918-587-7377 today.