Clarksville Statutory Rape Defense Lawyers

Charges of sex with a minor and statutory rape carry a negative stigma like no other criminal charge. To protect your reputation and your future, you should put your case into the hands of an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.

At Patton & Pittman in Clarksville, our attorneys defend people who have been charged with sex offenses throughout Middle Tennessee, including Fort Campbell. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

We defend people charged with all types of sex crimes, including:

  • Sex with a minor 12 years of age or younger
  • Statutory rape, which is sex with a person aged 13 to 17 when there is a four-year age difference between you and the minor.
  • Sexual battery by an authority figure

In Tennessee, a first offense of statutory rape is not subject to sex offender registration. However, a second conviction is subject to registration, as are charges involving sex with a minor.

Avoiding Self-Incrimination

If you have been accused of a sex crime, it is not wise to talk to police without legal counsel. Otherwise, you may end up giving the government the evidence it needs to charge you with a crime.

Even a seemingly innocent statement can give police corroborating evidence. For example, if you are accused of having sex with a minor, police may ask you if you were ever alone with the child. If you answer "yes," police have evidence of opportunity. Attempting to explain what happened can give police evidence they did not previously have.

In any sex crime, it's important for your lawyer to review all evidence that police have before you answer any questions. It's not unusual for police to hide certain facts when they interview you or to pretend to have evidence they do not have. You cannot even count on police to take down your statements accurately. When your future and your reputation are at stake, you should not trust anyone other than your lawyer.

Attorney Chris Clark is one of the few criminal defense attorneys in Clarksville who has successfully defended these cases before a jury. He brings six years of experience as an assistant district attorney and a wealth of trial experience to your defense.

Contact Our Tennessee Sex With a Minor Charge Attorneys

Call 931-266-4703 or toll free at 866-936-9758, or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation with our Clarksville statutory rape defense attorneys.