Sex Crime Attorney

Dixon & Cannon, Ltd. attorneys represent clients for any type of serious crime. The types of felony crimes vary greatly and because of that, on this Web page we focus on only one type of serious crime that we handle: sex crimes. If you have questions about other serious crimes, you can call us for a FREE 30-minute initial consultation at 206-957-2247.

All too often, allegations of sexual abuse are raised during custody disputes and relationship breakups. The impact of these allegations can be devastating. A person convicted of a sexual offense faces substantial jail time, sexual deviancy treatment, and a lifelong requirement to register as a sex offender.

The attorneys at Dixon & Cannon, Ltd. recognize the emotional turmoil that results from the mere filing of charges. As such, we are committed to helping our clients through this difficult period. We will do everything possible to ensure these allegations do not ruin our client’s life. The following information provides you with a brief overview of the most common type of sexual offenses.

Rape Crimes

Generally, rape is defined as unlawful sexual intercourse with another person. Depending on the surrounding circumstances, the crime is charged in the third, second, or first degree.

  • Rape third degree(Class C felony): Prosecutors typically file rape third degree charges, under circumstances not constituting rape second or third degree, where a person has non-consensual sexual intercourse with a complaining witness, and the lack of consent was clearly expressed by the person’s words or conduct. RCW 9A.44.060.
  • Rape second degree (Class A felony): Prosecutors typically file rape second degree charges when a person engages in intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion when the complaining witness is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated; when the defendant is a health care provider and the complaining witness is a patient; or when the complaining witness is a frail elder or vulnerable adult. RCW 9A.44.050.
  • Rape first degree(Class A felony):Prosecutors typically file rape first degree charges when a person engages in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion and either uses or threatens to use a deadly weapon or what appears to be a deadly weapon; or kidnaps the complaining witness; or inflicts serious physical injury on the person; or breaks into the person’s building. RCW 9A.44.040.

Rape of A Child

Generally, rape of a child is defined as an older person who engages in sexual intercourse with a child under 16 years old with whom he or she is not married.

  • Rape of a child third degree (Class C felony): Prosecutors typically file rape of a child third degree charges when a defendant has sexual intercourse with a child who is at least 14 years old but less then 16 years old and the defendant is at least 48 months older than the child. RCW 9A.44.079.
  • Rape of a child second degree (Class A felony): Prosecutors typically file rape of a child second degree charges when a defendant has sexual intercourse with a child who is at least 12 years old but less then 14 years old and the defendant is at least 36 months older than the child.
    RCW 9A.44.076.
  • Rape of a child first degree (Class A felony): Prosecutors typically file rape of a child first degree charges when a defendant has sexual intercourse with a child who is less than 12 years old and the defendant is at least 24 months older than the child. RCW 9A.44.079.

Child Molestation

Generally, child molestation is defined as a person who has, or knowingly causes another person under the age of 18 years to have, sexual contact (i.e., not intercourse) with a child who is under 16 years old with whom he or she is not married.

  • Child molestation third degree (Class C felony): Prosecutors typically file child molestation third degree charges when a defendant has sexual contact with a child who is at least 14 years old but less then 16 years old and the defendant is at least 48 months older than the child. RCW 9A.44.089.
  • Child molestation second degree (Class A felony): Prosecutors typically file child molestation second degree charges when a defendant has sexual contact with a child who is at least 12 years old but less then 14 years old and the defendant is at least 36 months older than the child. RCW 9A.44.086.
  • Child molestation first degree (Class A felony): Prosecutors typically file child molestation first degree charges when a defendant has sexual contact with a child who is less than 12 years old and the defendant is at least 48 months older than the child. RCW 9A.44.083.

Dixon & Cannon, Ltd. attorneys provide experienced, compassionate, and aggressive representation for sex offenses and all other serious crime matters.

Call us for a FREE 30-minute initial consultation at 206-957-2247. We can help!




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