Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyer – Indecent Liberties with a Child
North Carolina law enforcement, prosecutors, and Judges take an extremely hard stance when children are involved in sex crimes. Even the suggestion of sexual acts with a minor, or attempting to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of a minor, can result in arrest and prosecution. Although less serious than statutory rape or other sexual offenses, the crime of “indecent liberties with a child” is a very serious offense that could ruin your reputation and, in some cases, put you on a sex offender registry for the rest of your life.
If you been accused of indecent liberties with a child, you need to contact an experienced and prominent Raleigh sex crimes attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Dewey P. Brinkley, we’ll vigorously and aggressively defend your case with the goal of proving your innocence and protecting your reputation. For a free consultation with sex crimes attorney Dewey Brinkley, call our Raleigh law office today at (919) 832-0307.
Overview of Indecent Liberties with a Child
Under North Carolina law (§ 14-202.1), it is illegal to take indecent liberties with a child. In essence, this law applies to individuals 16 years of age or more and at least five years older than the child in question. According to the law, a person can be guilty of indecent liberties if he/she:
- “Willfully takes or attempts to take any immoral, improper, or indecent liberties with any child of either sex under the age of 16 years for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire”
- “Willfully commits or attempts to commit any lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body or any part or member of the body of any child of either sex under the age of 16 years”
As you can see, this law is quite broad, covering anything considered “immoral, improper, indecent, lewd, or lascivious.” In other words, exposing one’s private parts to a child with sexual intent may constitute the crime, as well as using indecent language to arouse sexual desire. If charged with indecent liberties, the defendant may be looking at a Class F felony punishable by 10 to 41 months in prison.
Contact the Law Office of Dewey P. Brinkley For a Leading Defense
Because of the broad definitions of this law, and the fact that many cases involve “he said/she said,” it is essential to contact an experienced sex crimes attorney who will make sure that your side of the case is heard. We boast a wide network of resources and investigatory capabilities to uncover the truth, and we’ll aggressively defend your case in courts with the goal of proving your innocence, getting the charges dropped, or, if the evidence is truly stacked against you, fighting for reduced or alternative sentencing.
For a free, no-obligation with attorney Dewey P. Brinkley, call our Raleigh defense office today by dialing (919) 832-0307.