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Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys in Seattle, Washington

When allegations of a sex crime hang over your head, the world may seem against you, creating an environment filled with judgment and fear. Sex crime accusations have the ability to devastate lives, even at the mere suggestion of impropriety. If you find yourself in this situation, you may be unsure of what your next steps are; but be assured that there is a future ahead of you. 

At this moment, it's crucial to remind yourself that whether you believe you're innocent or guilty, your rights are paramount, and fighting for your future is not just an option—it's a necessity. Navigating the legal system alone can exacerbate the stress and uncertainty; however, you do not have to face it alone. An experienced sex crimes attorney can provide the support, guidance, and representation necessary to manage your case with the dignity and diligence it deserves. 

In serving the Seattle, Washington, area, Carney & Marchi, P.S. brings to the table a deep understanding of the intricacies and grave nature associated with sex crime cases. The firm is steadfast in its commitment to offering unwavering legal defense to individuals accused of such charges. Operating from offices in Seattle and Kennewick, Carney & Marchi, P.S. extends its services to both English- and Spanish-speaking clients throughout Pasco, Richland, and the Tri-Cities area, inviting them to seek support. 

Why Legal Representation Is Crucial 

Sex crime accusations can be uniquely challenging for individuals to defend against, as they often involve very personal and sensitive issues. Having a legal advocate who is intimately familiar with these sensitive areas, as well as the legal norms and expectations within Washington State, is crucial in creating a strong defense strategy. 

Services Offered 

Carney & Marchi, P.S. offers comprehensive legal representation to individuals accused of a wide range of sex crimes, with a focus on protecting their rights throughout the legal process: 

  • Sexual Assault Defense: Offering aggressive defense for those accused of all degrees of sexual assault, ensuring the protection of your rights throughout the legal process. 

  • Child Pornography Defense: Expertly navigating the sensitive and intricate laws surrounding child pornography charges to safeguard your future. 

  • Prostitution and Solicitation Defense: Providing staunch representation for charges related to prostitution and solicitation, focusing on reducing potential penalties and mitigating long-term consequences. 

  • Rape Accusation Defense: Delivering assertive legal defense for rape accusations, with a thorough examination of all evidence to build a robust defense strategy. 

  • Statutory Rape Defense: Specializing in the defense against statutory rape charges, where consent may not serve as a valid defense due to age. 

  • Indecent Exposure Defense: Assisting those accused of indecent exposure to understand their rights and options, aiming for the most favorable outcome. 

  • Sex Offender Registration: Offering guidance and legal advice for navigating the challenges of sex offender registration and its implications on your life. 

Our attorneys are dedicated to your defense, providing personalized attention to every case to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact Carney & Marchi, P.S. for a consultation and start building your defense today.

Facing Charges?


Understanding Washington State Sex Crime Laws 

Washington State is known for its stringent sex crime laws, designed to protect the rights and safety of its residents. Understanding these laws is the first step in comprehending the nature of the accusations one may face and the potential consequences thereof. It's essential for any individual accused of a sex crime to familiarize themselves with how the law defines and prosecutes such offenses. 

Defining Consent 

Consent is at the heart of many sex crime cases. In the eyes of the law, an emphatic "yes" must exist for any sexual interaction to be considered legal. Without consent, an action that would otherwise be seemingly innocuous can be elevated to a criminal level.  

Proving or disproving consent often boils down to a 'he said, she said' scenario, which can make sex crime cases particularly challenging. However, there are intricate legal methods for both asserting and undermining this important element of a sex crime accusation.  

The Legal Process After an Accusation  

The path from accusation to resolution in a sex crime case is not always straightforward. In Seattle, as in much of the country, the process is governed by a set of legal procedures that must be followed.  

Each of these stages is an opportunity for the defense to challenge the allegations and potentially alter the outcome of the case: 

  1. Initial Accusation: The process begins when an accuser makes a formal complaint to the authorities, alleging that a sex crime has occurred. This can result from a direct report to police or through third-party reports. 

  1. Investigation: Upon receiving the accusation, law enforcement conducts an investigation. This can involve gathering physical evidence, interviewing witnesses, and compiling a case against the accused.  

  1. Arrest and Charges: If there is sufficient evidence, the accused may be arrested. Formal charges are then filed by the prosecutor's office based on the investigation's findings. 

  1. Arraignment: This is the first court appearance for the accused, where they are formally read the charges against them and have the opportunity to enter a plea (guilty, not guilty, or no contest). 

  1. Bail Hearing: Shortly after the arraignment, a bail hearing is held to determine if the accused can be released from custody until the trial and under what conditions. 

  1. Preliminary Hearing: This step allows the judge to decide whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. The prosecution presents its case, and the defense has the opportunity to refute the evidence or showcase weaknesses in the prosecution's case. 

  1. Pre-Trial Motions: Before the trial begins, both parties can file motions to set the rules for the upcoming trial. These may include motions to suppress evidence, change the venue, or dismiss the case altogether. 

  1. Trial: The trial is the formal process of examining the evidence against the accused and determining guilt or innocence. This can be decided by a jury or a judge in a bench trial. 

  1. Verdict: After reviewing the evidence and hearing arguments from both sides, the judge or jury renders a verdict of guilty or not guilty. 

  1. Sentencing: If the accused is found guilty, a separate sentencing hearing is held to determine the appropriate punishment based on the severity of the crime, the defendant's history, and other factors. 

Each step requires careful consideration and preparation, which is where a skilled sex crimes attorney can be invaluable. 

Potential Defenses in Sex Crime Cases 

When facing sex crime charges, it's crucial to understand that numerous defenses can potentially apply, depending on the specifics of the case. An experienced criminal defense attorney will explore all avenues to construct the most effective defense strategy.  

Here are several common defenses used in sex crime cases: 

  • Consent 

  • Alibi 

  • Insufficient Evidence 

  • Mistake of Fact 

  • False Accusations 

Every defense strategy is tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of the case. Carney & Marchi, P.S. thoroughly investigates each case, working closely with clients to understand the nuances of their situation and explore all possible defenses. The goal is to ensure that your rights are protected and to strive for the best possible resolution of your case. 

And remember, the burden of proof lies with the prosecutor, not you. But you still need to defend yourself against accusations as they come forth. 

Registering as a Sex Offender 

One of the many potential consequences of a sex crime conviction is the requirement to register as a sex offender. This registry comes with a host of restrictions and requirements, many of which can be permanent and life-altering. 

Registering as a sex offender involves providing personal information, including addresses, to local law enforcement. This information is then made public, potentially for life, and can severely limit an individual's freedom and opportunities. 

Carney & Marchi, P.S. has a track record of success in mitigating or avoiding sex offender registration. Their aggressive advocacy and knowledge of the law allow them to forcefully defend their clients' rights to avoid long-term stigma and the loss of personal and professional opportunities. 

Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys Serving
Seattle, Washington

The attorneys at Carney & Marchi, P.S. stand ready to provide the support and defense necessary to combat these serious allegations. For those in need, act swiftly, act decisively, and place your trust in a team with a proven record of success. After all, your future and your freedom may depend on the strength of your defense. Reach out today.