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Cape Cod Sex Crimes Lawyer

When facing criminal charges, you are legally innocent until proven guilty. However, if you’ve been charged with a sex crime, you probably understand that it feels as if the exact opposite is true. Depending on your situation, a conviction could leave you with serious fines, jail time, and a mark on your permanent record. The state of Massachusetts prosecutes charges related to sex crimes with the best resources that they have. For this reason, when your freedom is on the line, you need an experienced defense attorney standing with you.

James Powderly has a reputation for being one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the area. He has successfully defended clients in cases involving drug trafficking, rape, armed robbery, and manslaughter. He believes ardently in your right to a strong defense, no matter who you are. If you are facing criminal charges related to a sex crime in Cape Code, get in touch with James Powderly at (508) 343-0676 to discuss your case today.

Massachusetts Sex Crime Offenses

The state of Massachusetts aggressively prosecutes charges related to sex crimes. While sex crimes typically involve illegal or coerced sexual conduct against another individual, there are various offenses that fall under the category of sex crimes.

However, in many sex crime offense cases, the facts of the case aren’t cut and dry. In the #MeToo climate that exists today, almost any kind of contact with another person can be misconstrued as a sex crime, even though, in reality, the contact may not have happened, happened, but was entirely innocent, or happened, but was consensual.

If you have been accused of committing a sex crime, you need expert legal representation to do a full investigation of your case to build a compelling case for your innocence against the charges that have been leveled against you.

The following are grounds for conviction of a sex crime in Massachusetts:

  • Indecent Exposure
    Massachusetts State law itself does not offer a definition for indecent exposure, but the Massachusetts courts define it as “an intentional act of lewd exposure, offensive to one or more persons.”
  • Prostitution
    It is against Massachusetts law to have sex for money or to profit from someone else who has sex for money, including enticing a person for prostitution or sexual intercourse, and living off or sharing earnings from minor prostitution.
  • Sexual Assault
    In Massachusetts, sexual assault is defined as any crime in which the offender subjects the victim to sexual touching that is offensive and unwanted. Sexual assault charges may lead to imprisonment of the offender and may require the offender to be registered on the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board. If any medical attention is required due to injuries sustained during a sexual assault, it becomes an aggravated sexual assault case, which involves punishments that are more severe and include longer prison sentences.
  • Solicitation
    Soliciting for a prostitute is a crime in the state of Massachusetts. The law prohibits soliciting a prostitute and receiving compensation for soliciting a prostitute. Whether you are the payee or payor, you may face imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of up to $500, or both if you are convicted of solicitation.
  • Statutory Rape
    Consensual sexual intercourse with someone who is younger than 16 years old is considered statutory rape by Massachusetts, even if there was no force or the perpetrator believed the person was older than 16. The severity of the criminal charge depends on the person’s age and the specifics of the acts committed.
  • Rape
    In Massachusetts, a first- time rape offender faces up to twenty years in prison. Rape is a sex crime that will probably require that the offender be placed on the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board as well.

All of these charges for sex crimes are very serious. That is why it is imperative that you contact a criminal defense attorney if you or someone you care about is facing a charge of rape or sexual assault in Massachusetts.

Conviction of sex crimes in Massachusetts can result in imprisonment, fines, and the placement of the sex offender’s name on state and federal sex offender registries. If you are facing criminal charges related to a sex crime, contact James Powderly at (508) 343-0676 to discuss your case today.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

The guidance of a criminal defense lawyer can make the difference in keeping you out of jail. So, finding the right lawyer for your case is crucial. When you face criminal charges, you can forgo your court-appointed attorney for one of your choosing. Entrusting your case to a lawyer of your choosing will ease your mind because you know that someone you trust is looking out for your best legal interests.

A skilled criminal defense lawyer will not only fight to make sure that the worst consequences are avoided, but they will fight to secure the best possible legal outcome for you. In addition to keeping you from facing the full consequences of your charges, a strong defense can help keep your record clear. Those who are convicted of a sex crime are often required to report their information to the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board for the rest of their lives.

A mark on your criminal record and a designation as a sex offender follows you around and can thwart your ability to get a job, obtain a driver’s license, secure travel documents, in addition to a variety of other privileges. When possible, a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney will fight against anything that will blemish your permanent record. Keeping your record as pristine as possible will aid in making sure that professional or personal opportunities are available to you long after your case is complete.

Why Choose James Powderly to Handle my Case?

Being on the opposing end of a Massachusetts state prosecutor is grueling. When looking for a lawyer, you need someone who has proven that they have what it takes to represent your case. Trust James Powderly with your defense. Time and again, James Powderly’s record shows that no charge is too serious to fight.

For his accomplishments in and out of the courtroom, James Powderly has been named to numerous distinguished groups and has top tier peer reviews. Some of his accolades include the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, and Massachusetts “Ten Best” by the American Institute of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

James Powderly has achieved impressive results for clients charged with sex crimes, either having harsh charges dismissed entirely or achieving a “not guilty” verdict. His experience, knowledge, and resources can give you the added support that you need if you are up against the state of Massachusetts in court.

Recent Sexual Assault Trial Victory

Police Report: The Client was a clerk at a local convenience store. The Police charged the Client with committing indecent assault and battery on two separate teenage girls that had frequented the Client’s store. The Client was alleged to have given the girls free soda and candy over a year-long period and had sexually assaulted each girl on separate occasions. When arrested, the Client allegedly confessed to the charges.


Attorney James Patrick Powderly is a highly respected criminal defense lawyer handling complex sex crime cases throughout Massachusetts. He has earned a reputation among his peers as an experienced and aggressive attorney who zealously fights for his clients.

Sex crimes are prosecuted severely in Massachusetts and the consequences of a conviction can be devastating to a person. Long periods of incarceration, sex offender registration, and the stigma that attaches to such crimes are all common consequences of a conviction.

Contact a Cape Cod Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer at (508) 343-0676.

Being charged with a sex offense can negatively impact your employment, your relationships, and destroy your reputation. If you are being investigated or have been charged with a sex offense, you need immediate representation from an experienced Massachusetts defense attorney.

Massachusetts Sex Crime Convictions and Punishments

If you are convicted of a sex crime, your freedom and reputation will be at stake. A sex crime conviction can damage your character amongst your peers, family, friends, and neighbors. Massachusetts law enforcement takes sex crime convictions very seriously. District Attorneys and the courts aggressively prosecute and punish sex crime offenders. Sex crime convictions can result in punishments such as:

  • Imprisonment
  • Monetary Fines
  • Court Ordered Rehabilitation
  • Loss of the Right to Vote
  • Probation
  • Mandatory Sex Offender Registration

If your charges put you at risk for going to jail, it is important to understand the difference between state prison and the house of correction. Both state prison and the house of correction are types of jails in Massachusetts. Under Massachusetts General Law, the maximum sentence to the house of correction cannot exceed two and a half years for one single crime. For state prison, however, there is no such limitation for the amount of time that a defendant can be sentenced.

District courts can only sentence defendants to the house of correction. If the severity of the crime that you face involves serious jail time exceeding two and a half years, your case will likely be heard in Massachusetts superior court. Massachusetts superior court judges have the power to sentence defendants to either the house of correction or state prison.

Ultimately, no matter if a Massachusetts district court or superior court is hearing your case, you deserve a defense attorney with proven results and legal acumen to handle your case.

Contact Our Cape Cod Sex Crimes Law Office

If you have been charged with a sex crime, it is important that you seek the representation of an aggressive and experienced Massachusetts sex crimes defense lawyer. James Powderly will investigate your case, interview key witnesses, challenge evidence presented against you, and defend your legal rights in and out of court.

James Powderly understands Massachusetts law. With expert legal knowledge and extensive experience with sex crime cases, James Powderly can advise you of your options, negotiate charges with prosecutors, develop appropriate motions to suppress evidence, and build a strong defense on your behalf.

Contact a Cape Cod sex crimes defense lawyer today at (508) 343-0676.