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Nashville Sex Crime Defense Attorney
Compassionate Legal Representation in Davidson County and Throughout Middle Tennessee
Merely being accused of a sex crime can upend your life and do permanent damage to your reputation, personal relationships, and livelihood. You must take these charges extremely and hire legal representation that will do whatever it takes to clear your name.
Our Nashville sex crime defense lawyer is committed to protecting your innocence and offers no-judgment representation. Chelsea Nicholson, Attorney at Law has over 16 years of legal experience and understands how these charges are typically adjudicated in Tennessee. We are not afraid to go to trial and rely on experts and DNA evidence when advocating for our clients. Our team cares deeply about the outcome of your case and will fight to deliver the results you need and deserve.
No matter what you have been charged with, we are prepared to offer the legal support you need. Contact us online or call (615) 913-3932 to discuss your case with us.
Sex Crime Cases We Handle in Tennessee
“Sex crimes” encapsulate a wide variety of criminal offenses. Each comes with its own set of potential penalties and will require a different approach.
Our firm can assist you if you have been charged with:
- Rape and Statutory Rape
- Sexual Assault and Sexual Battery
- Indecent Exposure
- Lewd Acts in Public
What to Do After Being Accused of Sexual Assault or Rape
Learning you have been accused of sexual assault or rape can be awful, especially if you know you took care to obtain consent before the encounter took place. You may be tempted to reach out to the accuser and set the record straight. While well-meaning, this is a mistake: You should avoid all contact with your accuser. Any contact is likely to be perceived as “unwanted,” and your words could be misconstrued.
Similarly, you should avoid making any public comments about the accusations, even if the accuser is spreading rumors or posting public statements themselves. It is understandable to want to defend yourself, but these crimes are heavily stigmatized. Anything you say could be used against you, so it is generally wiser to remain silent.
Preserve any written communications that took place between you and your accuser and document your version of events, including what happened before, during, and after the encounter.
Connect with any witnesses who were present in the events leading up to the encounter. Then, contact Chelsea Nicholson, Attorney at Law. Our team is prepared to handle your case with the compassion and diligence it deserves.
Penalties for Sex Crimes in Tennessee
Many sex crimes will be charged as felonies. If convicted, felons will generally be classified as sex offenders and need to register on the National Sex Offender Registry. Registered sex offenders will almost certainly have difficulty obtaining future work and housing opportunities. They will also need to make disclosures to neighbors and face other restrictions.
This is in addition to thousands of dollars in fines and potentially many years of incarceration. Penalties are generally even more severe if aggravating factors, such as the involvement of a minor or a weapon, are present. Do not face these charges alone: Our Nashville sex crime defense attorney can provide you with the seasoned guidance you need.
Defending Against Sex Crime Charges
We tailor our defense strategies to each client’s unique situation. The nature of your charges, the indisputable facts, and the available evidence will dictate how we approach your case. When you come to us for help, we will thoroughly review your account of what happened before determining how to shape our defense.
Many cases involving sexual assault or rape are “he said she said” scenarios. In these situations, we will often argue that consent was in fact given and that you are the subject of a false accusation. Remember that someone cannot retroactively decide to withdraw consent after the encounter has concluded. Witnesses and rape experts can often provide valuable testimony to support our arguments.
“Chelsea was incredible to work with. She was very helpful in the process of my case, which was successfully expunged in a short amount of time. My situation was very unfortunate, but Chelsea quickly accepted to help represent me.”- Mina
If you are accused of raping or sexually assaulting someone you do not know, it is very possible that you may have been mistakenly identified. DNA testing and other science-based solutions can help establish your innocence in these cases. If you were deceived about a sexual partner’s age or ability to legally give consent, we can argue that you were deliberately misled and had no intention of committing an unlawful act.
Several defense strategies may be available to those accused of indecent exposure. Mothers are permitted to breastfeed their infants in public, and individuals can publicly urinate in unincorporated parts of the state so long as they attempt to conceal their genitals while doing so. Exceptions are also made for public nudity that is part of legitimate artistic performances or endeavors.
Prostitution charges can be fought by establishing a lack of intent to commit the crime. If an undercover law enforcement officers attempted to compel you to engage in prostitution, you are likely the victim of entrapment, and you can leverage this misconduct as part of your defense.
No matter what you have been accused of, we are confident that we can mount a strong and effective defense. Our Nashville sex crime defense attorney is responsive to your needs and maintains a 48 hour-rule for responding to client questions and concerns. We are prepared to exhaust all available resources when fighting to secure your innocence, and our team cares deeply about securing the best possible outcomes for our clients.
Request an initial consultation with our firm by calling (615) 913-3932 or contacting us online.
Since 2016, Chelsea Nicholson has served as a part-time Magistrate and Night Court Commissioner in Nashville for Metropolitan Davidson County General Sessions Courts. Within this role, she sets bonds, conducts probable cause hearings, drug seizure hearings, search warrants and Order of Protections hearings.Learn More