Sexual Assault or Criminal Sexual Conduct
Contact Matt Bodman, Columbia, SC sex crimes defense attorney
A sexual assault or criminal sexual conduct charge can turn your world upside-down. You may be completely innocent, but the mere accusation can be devastating. These cases can be extremely complicated, as you may have to face judgment from your community before you even step into a South Carolina courtroom.
Some people accused of sex crimes don't take their charges seriously at first, especially if they think they didn't do anything wrong. But the consequences of a sexual assault conviction can be serious. In addition to possibly having to serve a prison sentence, you also may be required to register as a sex offender and live with this mark for the rest of your life.
That's why it's critical that you have an experienced South Carolina sexual assault criminal defense attorney on your side who understands the law and knows how to get results. Matt Bodman knows that these cases require an attorney who not only knows how to defend a client in a courtroom, but knows how to limit exposure of the case to the public.
You may be a student who is charged with a sexual assault at the University of South Carolina. You may be a permanent Columbia, SC resident who has been accused of a sex crime. Regardless of who you are or where you come from, Matt Bodman is prepared to listen to you and discuss your legal options.
What are different types of sex crimes in South Carolina?
Some of the most common sex crime charges include:
- Criminal sexual conduct - Legal term used to describe certain sexual crimes, including:
- Sexual contact with a minor (person less than 16 years old)
- Child molestation
- Solicitation of a minor
- Sexual contact between a teacher or school employee and a student
- Unlawful sexual contact during the commission of another felony crime
- Indecent exposure
- Possession or distribution of child pornography
What's the penalty for a sexual assault conviction?
Depending on the circumstances of your charge, you may face any of the following penalties if convicted:
- Criminal sexual conduct with a minor (First Degree) - 10 to 30 years in prison
- Criminal sexual conduct with a minor (Second Degree) - Up to 20 years in prison
- Criminal sexual conduct with a minor (Third Degree) - Up to 15 years in prison
How can attorney Bodman help me with my sexual assault case?
Sexual assault and other sex crimes often come down to the word of one person versus another. If you don't have an experienced lawyer on your side who understands the implication of your testimony or another person's statement, you could overlook a key piece of evidence that could make your case much stronger.
Attorney Matt Bodman has years of experience handling such difficult cases. A former state criminal prosecutor, he has extensive courtroom experience with various state criminal defense cases. Since becoming a criminal defense lawyer in 2002, he has fought to protect the rights and freedom of people charged with a range of serious crimes, including sex crimes.
Attorney Bodman takes a meticulous, detail-oriented approach toward every case he handles. If you are represented by Matt Bodman, he will vigorously fight to have your charges dismissed, dropped or pursue another favorable outcome.
Call us and schedule a free consultation. Best of all, attorney Bodman will not hand your case off to someone else. He'll personally meet with you and get straight to work on your important case.