Oklahoma City Juvenile Sex Crime Lawyer

Defending Juveniles Charged with Sex Crimes in Canadian County, Pottawatomie County, and throughout Oklahoma

The mere allegation of committing a sex crime can upend your life and jeopardize your future. Establishing your innocence and mitigating the impact of an accusation is paramount, especially if you are a minor. If you are convicted as a youthful offender, you will not necessarily be released from incarceration when you turn 18.

Seek legal representation right away if you or someone you love has been accused of any kind of sex crime, even if you have not been detained. The Oklahoma City juvenile sex crime lawyer at The Shoemake Law Firm understands that these cases are especially stressful and sensitive. Sheila Shoemake is a talented negotiator who will work to favorably resolve your case as quickly as possible. Many juvenile cases do not require a trial, though Sheila is always ready to defend you in and out of the courtroom. Protecting your future is important to us, and the firm’s dedicated team will be by your side every step of the way.

You should not wait to get legal advice, so contact the firm online or call (405) 451-1372 today. The firm offers same-day appointments and provides its legal services in English, Spanish, and French.

Oklahoma’s Levels of Sex Crimes

In Oklahoma, there are three categories, or “levels,” of sex crimes. “Level three” category sex crimes are the most serious and come with the harshest punishments, while “level one” category sex crimes are considered less serious. Despite these distinctions, a conviction for a sex crime of any level will result in life-changing consequences, including mandatory registration as a sex offender for many years.

Oklahoma’s level three sex crimes include:

  • First-Degree Rape
  • Second-Degree Rape
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual Battery
  • Forcible Sodomy
  • Incest
  • Sexual Abuse of a Child

Oklahoma’s level two sex crimes include:

  • Soliciting Sexual Conduct or Communication with a Minor via Technology
  • Solicitation of a Minor for Lewd Acts
  • Obtaining, Producing, or Publishing Child Pornography

Oklahoma’s level one sex crimes include: 

  • Indecent Exposure
  • Child Endangerment
  • Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony
  • Distribution of Child Pornography

A “level three” sex criminal must register as a sex offender for life, while a “level two” sex criminal must register for 25 years. Even a “level one” sex criminal must register for 15 years.

Keep in mind that lewd images of a minor, even if taken by another minor with the subject’s permission, will in most cases be considered child pornography in the eyes of the law. This means a minor may face serious criminal charges if they distribute a lewd image of their underage partner, for example. Get in touch with the Oklahoma City juvenile sex crime attorney at the Shoemake Law Firm if are facing these or any other charges.

How Juvenile Sex Crime Charges Are Handled in Oklahoma

When a minor is accused of committing a sex crime, they will be charged as either a juvenile delinquent or a youthful offender. The perceived severity of the offense and the age of the defendant will generally determine how they are charged.

If a minor is charged and found guilty as a juvenile delinquent, they will have to register as a sex offender, but their information will be contained in a juvenile registry that can only typically be accessed by law enforcement. The minor will be incarcerated at a juvenile delinquent facility and, in most cases, released when they turn 18. For these reasons, it is highly preferable to be charged as a juvenile delinquent.

In cases involving first-degree rape, second-degree rape, rape by instrumentation, second-degree rape, lewd molestation, or forcible sodomy, a minor may be charged as a “youthful offender.” This means they will not necessarily be released when they turn 18 and may instead be transferred to an adult facility to serve the remainder of their sentence. 

The advocacy of a skilled Oklahoma City juvenile sex crime lawyer can greatly influence the outcome of your case. Sheila Shoemake knows what is at stake and will help you seek the best possible result. 

Call (405) 451-1372 or contact the firm online to start reviewing your defense options. The firm also serves clients in Lincoln, McClain, Grady County, Pain County, and Oklahoma County.

  • “Sheila kept us informed as to her approach to resolving this matter which kept us at ease. She was receptive to receiving additional information that came to us and followed through.”

    - Former Client
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    - Hope F.
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    - Melissa Z.
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    - Chuck L.
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