If you or a loved one has been accused of a sex crime, you know how important it is to find quality, aggressive legal representation. Unfortunately, being charged with a crime like sexual assault, child pornography, child molestation, indecent solicitation of a child or child abuse often times has immediate and lasting effects on your job, your loved ones, and your reputation, even if you are completely innocent. Without the support of a knowledgeable, empathetic attorney, defending against such a charge can be overwhelming and down-right frightening.
Those convicted of sex crimes in Rhode Island are frequently subjected to long periods of incarceration, restrictive conditions of supervised probation, and at times, lifelong GPS monitoring (which allows the State to know the location of the offender at all times). Most are also subjected to their personal information and location being relayed to various Rhode Island agencies and organizations (depending on their Sex Offender Classification Level).
To learn more about Sex Offender Levels in Rhode Island, as well as the penalties for various sex crimes, please visit Kate Godin’s Sex Crimes Defense Blog by clicking here.
Kate has had recent success representing those charged with and/or convicted of sex crimes in Rhode Island. The following are a few examples:
1. Client was charged with one count of first-degree child molestation, as well as one count of second-degree child molestation against his six-year old daughter, and faced up to life imprisonment. For two years, he was legally prohibited from having any contact with his children. He was subject to electronic monitoring, and was unable to leave his home without the permission of the Rhode Island Probation Department. Due to the charges, his entire neighborhood simply assumed that he was guilty of molesting his daughter. Following a trial, the judge dismissed the count of second-degree child molestation, and acquitted him of first-degree child molestation.
2. Client was found partially dressed in his car, with a fifteen-year old boy in the backseat (who was buttoning up his jeans and putting his shift back on when the police found him). Police learned that the boy was a member of the soccer team the defendant was coaching, and believed that the client had engaged in multiple acts of “consensual” sex with the boy. The State charged the defendant with two counts of third-degree sexual assault (statutory rape) (since the boy was not old enough to legally consent to the sex acts). The prosecution ended up dismissing one of the counts, leaving the judge to sentence the defendant to a suspended sentence andprobation for the remaining count. The judge also declared that the required residency restriction under R.I.G.L. 11-37.1-10(c) (which prohibits sex offenders from living within 300′ of a school) was unconstitutional as it applied to the defendant (who had been living in his family home for several decades).
3. Client was charged with four counts of first-degree child molestation and two counts of second-degree child molestation for sexual misconduct against his girlfriend’s daughter. Following a trial (in which the defendant was represented by another attorney), the defendant was sentenced to a forty-year sentence, including twenty-five years imprisonment. Attorney Godin prepared a motion for new trial, as well as a post-conviction relief application to submit on the defendant’s behalf, and the motion for new trial was granted.
4. Client was convicted of third-degree sexual assault (statutory rape) and classified as a Level II Sex Offender. Attorney Godin challenged the client’s classification level by filing an appeal in Providence Superior Court. The magistrate judge granted the appeal, remanding the case back to the Sex Offender Review Board for re-classification. Client was ultimately re-classified as a Level I Sex Offender.
In addition to Rhode Island sex crimes defense, Kate Godin also handles sex crimes defense in Massachusetts. In fact, Attorney Godin was recently admitted to serve on the Sex Offender Review Board (SORB) Appellate Panel of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex offense, or has been convicted and assigned a Sex Offender Classification Level that you would like to appeal, please contact Attorney Godin at (401) 274-2423 as soon as possible for quality, aggressive and skilled representation. You can also visit our Massachusetts Sex Crimes Defense website athttp://www.masexcrimesdefense.com.