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Attorney Richard L. Lougee Writing on a Document

In virtually all jurisdictions in the United States there are child advocacy centers where children are taken to be interviewed following claims of being sexually molested or physically abused. These advocacy centers are theoretically staffed by people trained to question children in a non-threatening way and with techniques designed to elicit actual facts from the child.

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Child sexual abuse trials are common because the plea offers are usually unacceptable. A criminal defense lawyer handling such a case must know how to try one. The most important part of a trial is the opening statement.

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These crimes usually involve violations of particular federal and state laws concerning commercial transactions and securities transactions. However, they often involve charges of money laundering and various kinds of fraud.

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Perhaps the most serious and long lasting consequence of a conviction for a sexual offense is the requirement to register as sex offender. Registration as a sex offender, usually for life.

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In what can only be deemed Orwellian in nature, the Arizona laws permit the state to petition the Court to send sex offenders to a mental hospital following the conclusion of their prison sentence.

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If you become a suspect in an investigation involving child sexual abuse allegations, your first contact with the authorities may be from a social service agency like Child Protective Services. People are often told the CPS investigation is simply trying to get information to close a file or to help a traumatized child. Do not be fooled.

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