Sexual Assault

Proven Sexual Assault Defense Attorney Standing up for Justice and Protecting the Innocent in Clarksville TN Vigorously defending the freedoms of the falsely accused

Being charged with any type of sexual assault can irreparably tear apart families and ruin careers. Just a formal accusation and charge is enough to put a stigma on you for the rest of your life. At the Law Office of Edward E. DeWerff, our Clarksville criminal defense attorney recommends that you proactively defend your freedom and your reputation. With more than twenty years of criminal law experience as a defense attorney and prosecutor, Mr. DeWerff has seen too many lives ruined by people that wait too long to react when accused of sexual assault.

Types of sexual assault prosecutions

Tennessee prosecutors have a number of different sexual assault crimes they can charge you with depending on the circumstances of the case. Every type of sexual assault charge comes with different penalties and impacts on your future. Attorney Ed DeWerff's years of experience as a Montgomery and Robertson County's district attorney exposed him to every type of sexual assault case and provided him with the insight it takes to weaken the state's case against the accused. The most common types of sexual assault cases in Tennessee include:

  • Statutory rape - Statutory rape applies to any sexual penetration of a minor between the ages of 13 and 18. These crimes are considered strict liability crimes because minors are unable to give consent.
  • Child molestation - Child molestation is when an adult has sexual contact with a minor under the age of 13. In Tennessee, there is a minimum 25 year prison sentence and registration as a sex offender for a conviction. Child molestation is also applicable as a first degree felony if you reside with a minor between the ages of 13 and 16 and have sexual contact with them.
  • Rape - Tennessee considers rape to be any sexual intercourse with a person through force or coercion. Depending on the circumstances, you can be sentenced to life in prison for first-degree rape.
  • Criminal sexual conduct - This is the broadest type of sexual assault offense. It is any assault with the intent to commit sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct generally includes any act of penetration, sexual contact or accosting a minor for immoral purposes.
  • Child pornography - Child pornography prosecutions have increased exponentially with the proliferation of the internet. Any act of possessing or viewing pornography involving children can lead to very serious charges.

Even misunderstandings in accidentally viewing underage pornography require an experienced Clarksville attorney to clear up the matter quickly with minimal interference with your life.

What to do if you may be facing a sexual assault charge in Tennessee

All of the sexual assault crimes are considered felonies. Felonies are not to be taken lightly because even just being charged with felony sexual assault results in a serious blemish on your record that can impact the rest of your life. You need to hire an experienced Clarksville attorney immediately if you are being questioned about any type of sexual assault. In some situations, we are able to clear up misunderstandings or false accusations before indictments are filed and your record is ruined. Call a sexual assault defense attorney in Clarksville today for a free initial consultation Sexual assault cases are very difficult matters on all parties involved. The testimony of the people involved is generally what determines whether the accused is found innocent or guilty. Do not risk a poor choice of words leading to your loss of freedom and rights. Exercise your constitutional rights and speak with our experienced criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Edward E. DeWerff. Call us today at 931-444-6038 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.