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Being accused of a sex crime is one of the most life altering things that can happen to a person. If you are charged and convicted you can end up on a national registry and this can alter your career, your finances, and even where you live. That’s not to mention the potential for jail time and fines that could be associated with the charges you may face. Sex crimes are complicated and it takes an experienced legal team to defend against them to not only protect your reputation, but from the penalties that go along with the charges.

For folks in Indianapolis who need legal defense, the choice is clear. Call David Shircliff at 317-279-4894. With over 20 years of experience handling hundreds of cases, he knows how to get positive results for your case and keep you from facing excessive jail time, fines, shame and embarrassment. David has gotten penalties and sentences reduced, helped protect professional licenses, and even gotten acquittals for all types of cases. When you need a defense attorney on your side, David is the one you want.

For first time clients, Shircliff Law LLC provides a free consultation. During your consultation we will discuss the specifics of your case and discuss how we may best be able to defend you in your time of need.

How Can a Criminal Defense Team Like Shircliff Law Help?

As you can see by the description of some of the charges, one of the most important facts of any case, that the prosecution must prove, is that the person committing the crime had prior knowledge and intent when committing the crime. While this is possible to prove, it hinges largely on evidence.

This means that it is possible to defend against charges like these and pursue a better outcome if the evidence of prior knowledge and intent was not there. A good defense attorney, like David Shircliff, will be able to examine the facts of the case and determine whether or not the prosecution has legitimate and significant evidence to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Depending on these factors, you can then work towards either a lighter sentence or an outright acquittal if the evidence doesn’t add up.

We know how serious these charges can be. Even one charge can mean years or decades in prison, thousands of dollars in fines, and a lifetime spent on the sex offender registry. We want to make sure you get treated the right way and don’t get forced into a conviction by the prosecution.

How Are Sex Crimes Defined in Indiana?

Sex crimes cover such a wide range of possible criminal actions that we feel it is necessary to go over some of the potential crimes you may be charged with. This list is by no means the entirety of the possible sex crimes that a given person can be charged with in Indiana, but we will cover a few of the more common ones to give an idea of the types of charges that you may be facing and why a criminal defense attorney is so important.

Note also that we will be giving a general definition of the law according to Indiana statute, not covering the statute in its entirety. You can receive more information about your specific charges during your free consultation.


Rape is defined as a person who knowingly forces another person to have intercourse or perform other sexual acts while under the threat of imminent danger or harm, is unaware that the sexual act is occurring, or is mentally deficient in some way as to not be able to consent to the sexual act.

The offense shall be upgraded to a class 3 felony if the crime is committed under certain circumstances, those being, forcing a person to perform sexual acts under the threat of deadly force or while brandishing a deadly weapon, if the act results in serious injury or harm to the victim, or the act is committed with the victim having been drugged without their knowledge.

Child Molestation

Child molestation is defined as any person who knowingly or intentionally has sexual intercourse, commits, or submits to sexual acts with a minor under the age of 14. This charge is a class 3 felony.

This charge can be upgraded to a class 1 felony under the following circumstances:

  • The person committing the crime is 21 years or older
  • The victim is seriously injured during the act
  • The act is committed under the threat of deadly harm or while brandishing a deadly weapon
  • The victim is drugged or incapacitated in some way
  • The act results in the transmission of a dangerous sexually transmitted infection

Child Pornography

A person shall face charges of child pornography and any associated crimes if they knowingly or intentionally manages, produces, sponsors, presents, exhibits, photographs, films, videotapes, or creates a digitized image of any performance or act of sexual conduct with any person under the age of 18.

Also if the person knowingly or intentionally disseminates the material in any form or fashion to another person, or makes said material available to others through means of computer or other device.

The law covers all possession of images of any kind, physical or digital as well as any type of transfer, sale or use of said images to other person’s or entities, in which case, all persons involved shall be charged.

The penalties for this crime can range depending on the amount of images produced, as well as other factors, with each charge typically being counted as a separate felony, punishable by jail time and fines, as well as registration as a sex offender.

Connect With Shircliff Law LLC Today

Now that you’ve seen how difficult it can be to face sex crimes charges, it’s time to be proactive. If you find yourself being accused of or charged with a sex crime, then there’s no time to lose.

Contact Shircliff Law LLC online or at 317-279-4894, and let us start building your defense as soon as possible.