Sex Offenses

Any criminal offense of a sexual nature can be an extremely embarrassing, frightening and potentially damaging accusation for a person to deal with. This type of conviction could not only result in months or years of imprisonment and substantial fines, but also have long-lasting effects on a person’s personal and professional life.

For a person who has been wrongfully accused, these sorts of charges carry an enormous social stigma that can make it seem as though he or she is already been found guilty even before ever setting foot in a courtroom. The best way to overcome these types of allegations it to begin building a strong defense as soon as possible. 

Cincinnati Sex Offenses Lawyer

If you have been accused of a sexual offense in Ohio, you should waste no time in contacting an experienced and capable criminal defense attorney. Brian Joslyn treats all of his clients with the utmost compassion and concern, always looking out for their best interests while fighting to restore their good names.

Joslyn Law Firm defends clients throughout the greater Cincinnati area against sex crimes. You can receive a free review of your case when you call (513) 399-6289 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.


Cincinnati, Ohio Sex Offenses Information Center


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Ohio Charges for Sex Offenses

There are several types of sex crimes listed in Chapter 2907 of the Ohio Revised Code, including:

  • Rape, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.02— This is a first-degree felony.
  • Sexual Battery, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.03 — If a person engages in sexual conduct with another person who is 13 years of age or older and is not a spouse of that person’s will, this is a third-degree felony. If the victim is less than 13 years of age, this is a second-degree felony.
  • Unlawful sexual conduct with minor, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.04 — If a person who is 18 years of age or older engages in sexual conduct with another person, who is not the spouse of the offender, and the offender knows is 13 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age, this is a fourth-degree felony. If the offender is less than four years older than the other person, this is a first-degree misdemeanor. If the offender is 10 or more years older than the other person, this is a third-degree felony. If the offender has been previously convicted of or pleaded guilty to rape, sexual battery, or unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, this is a second-degree felony.
  • Gross sexual imposition, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.05 — This can be a third-degree felony or fourth-degree felony, depending on age of victim and whether alleged offender substantially impaired victim’s judgment by administering controlled substance.
  • Sexual imposition, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.06 — This is a third-degree misdemeanor, but can be first-degree misdemeanor if alleged offender has been previously convicted of or pleaded guilty to this offense, rape, sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, or gross sexual imposition.
  • Importuning, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.07 — This can be a second-degree felony, third-degree felony, fourth-degree felony, or fifth-degree felony, depending on the age of the alleged offender, the age of the victim, and previous sex offense convictions of alleged offender.
  • Voyeurism, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.08 — If a person commits trespass or otherwise surreptitiously invades the privacy of another person to spy or eavesdrop upon another person for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification, this is a third-degree misdemeanor. If a person commits trespass or otherwise surreptitiously invades the privacy of another person to videotape, film, photograph, or otherwise record the other person in a state of nudity for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification, this is a second-degree misdemeanor if the other person is an adult and a fifth-degree felony if the other person is a minor. If a person secretly or surreptitiously videotapes, films, photographs, or otherwise records another person under or through the clothing being worn by that other person for the purpose of viewing the body of, or the undergarments worn by, that other person, this is a first-degree misdemeanor.
  • Public indecency, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.09 — This can be a second-degree felony, third-degree felony, fourth-degree felony, or fifth-degree felony, depending on the age of the alleged offender, the age of the victim, and previous sex offense convictions of alleged offender.
  • Commercial sexual exploitation of a minor, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.19 — This is a third-degree felony.
  • Compelling prostitution, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.21 — This is a third-degree felony, but if the person compelled to engage in sexual activity is 16 years of age or older but less than 18 years of age, it is a second-degree felony. If the person compelled to engage in sexual activity is less than 16 years of age, this is a first-degree felony.
  • Promoting prostitution, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.22 — This is a fourth-degree felony, but if any prostitute is a minor, it is a third-degree felony.
  • Enticement or solicitation to patronize a prostitute; procurement of a prostitute for another, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.23 — This is a first-degree misdemeanor, but if the prostitute is 16 or 17 years of age, it is a fifth-degree felony. If the prostitute is less than 16 years of age, this is a fourth-degree felony.
  • Soliciting, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.24 — If a person solicits another person who is 18 years of age or older to engage with such other person in sexual activity for hire, this is a third-degree misdemeanor. If the other person is 16 or 17 years of age, this is a fifth-degree felony. If the other person is less than 16 years of age or a developmentally disabled person, this is a third-degree felony. If the alleged offender solicits with knowledge that he or she has tested positive as a carrier of a virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), this is a third-degree felony.
  • Loitering to engage in solicitation, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.241 — This is a third-degree misdemeanor, but if the alleged offender loiters to engage in solicitation with knowledge that he or she has tested positive as a carrier of a virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), this is a fifth-degree felony.
  • Prostitution, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.25 — This is a third-degree misdemeanor, but if the alleged offender engages in prostitution with knowledge that he or she has tested positive as a carrier of a virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), this is a third-degree felony.
  • Disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.31 — This is a first-degree misdemeanor, but can be a fifth-degree felony if the alleged material or performance involved is obscene. If the juvenile involved is under 13 years of age, this is a fourth-degree felony.
  • Pandering obscenity, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.32 — This is a fifth-degree felony, but can be a fourth-degree felony if the alleged offender has been previously convicted of or pleaded guilty to this offense or disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
  • Pandering obscenity involving a minor, 2907.321 — This can be a second-degree felony, third-degree felony, or fourth-degree felony depending on the alleged offender’s sex offense history and his or her role in creating or promoting the obscene material.
  • Pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.322 — This can be a second-degree felony, third-degree felony, or fourth-degree felony depending on the alleged offender’s sex offense history and his or her role in creating or promoting the obscene material.
  • Illegal use of minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.323 — This can be a second-degree felony, fourth-degree felony, or fifth-degree felony, depending on the alleged offender’s sex offense history and his or her role in creating or promoting the obscene material. 

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Cincinnati Sex Offender Classification

Two types of offenders are required to register with Sex Offender Registration & Notification (SORN):

  • Sex Offender — A person who has been convicted, pleaded guilty to, or adjudicated delinquent by reason of committing an offense which is either inherently sexual, or which involved a sexual motivation
  • Child-Victim Offender —A person who has been convicted, pleaded guilty to, or adjudicated delinquent by reason of committing a “Child Victim oriented offense.”

The offender is then classified into one of three tiers:

  • Tier III Offender — Subject to registration and verification requirements every 90 days for life, includes offenders convicted of such offenses as rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, or any sexual offense that occurs after the offender has been classified as a Tier II sex offender.
  • Tier II Offender — Subject to registration and verification requirements every 180 days for a period of 25 years. Tier II Juveniles register for 20 years, unless modified by the Juvenile Court. This tier includes such offenses as compelling prostitution, pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, or any sexual offense that occurs after the offender has been classified as a Tier I sex offender.
  • Tier I Offender — Subject to registration and verification requirements once every 12 months for a period of 15 years. Tier I Juveniles register for 10 years, unless modified by the Juvenile Court. This tier includes such offenses as importuning, voyeurism, or gross sexual imposition.

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Defenses Against Ohio Sex Offenses

Possible defenses to allegations of sex crimes include, but are not limited to:

  • Consent of alleged victim
  • False allegations
  • Lack of evidence
  • Misidentification
  • Tainted testimony

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Find the Best Sex Offenses Lawyer in Cincinnati

Joslyn Law Firm serves communities in and around Cincinnati. We fully investigate cases involving alleged offenses of a sexual nature, and our firm relentlessly pursues the most favorable outcomes for our clients.

Brian Joslyn aggressively defends clients against all types of sex crimes. You can call (513) 399-6289 to have him review your case during a free legal consultation.