Edwards & Trenkle, PLLC
Protecting You From The Stigma Surrounding Sex Offenses
Facing any allegations of a sex crime can instantly impact your life. The public and your friends and family are often judgmental of sex offenses, and whether you are proven innocent or guilty, the stigma can follow you the rest of your life.
At Edwards & Trenkle, PLLC, we have been defending North Carolina residents from sexual offense charges since 1990. Our attorneys know the ins and outs of the law, and we understand that no situation is exactly as it may seem. When you work with us, we will listen to your story without judgment. Our goal is to provide a strategic plan for your case that protects your rights and best interests.
We can skillfully represent your case involving:
- Creation or possession of child pornography
- Charges relating to a child or minor
- Sexual assault, rape or statutory rape
- Indecent exposure, such as texting lewd photos
- Providing or paying for any form of prostitution
Defense From Crimes Against Minors
Any sexual offense involving a child or minor carries especially harsh penalties. This can include actions where a minor was a willing participant. We have seen an uptick in convictions involving minors who willingly sending inappropriate photos to others or have their own lewd photos on their personal electronic devices.
Additionally, a child’s comments may be misunderstood by a parent or other adult. An innocent encounter may be incorrectly portrayed, resulting in unjust charges.
Charges involving a minor must be carefully navigated. The potential penalties can dictate where you live, where you can work and contact with your children and can harm your reputation.
Avoiding The North Carolina Sex Offense Registry
You want to avoid being added to North Carolina’s sex offense registry. Penalties for sex crimes can include a lifetime listing on the registry, while other penalties may register you for a set number of years. We work hard to keep our clients off the registry from the start. We understand the stigma and repercussions clients can face from their peers and neighbors once they are listed.
If you are already listed on the registry, we can work toward your removal. Our attorneys work with post-conviction relief cases, expungements and sex crime-specific reputation management.
Stay Silent. Ask Us For The Help You Need.
If you face any sex crime allegations or charges, do not speak to the police or anyone else about the case. While you may be trying to clear your name, you may actually make matters worse. Use your right to remain silent and call our Durham office at 919-695-7338 or our Pittsboro office at 919-545-5626. You can also schedule an appointment online.