SSODA: How Teenagers Can Mend Their Lives After Committing a Sex Crime
People can commit crimes at any age. This includes sex crimes. Our legal system gives some special consideration to juvenile offenders—those younger than 18 years. Given they are not fully developed yet, courts sometimes... Read More
Sealing a Juvenile Sex Offense Record
While many juvenile offenders go on to be law-abiding, productive members of society, this is harder to do if the offenses of your youth continue to follow you into adulthood. Thankfully, in Washington, juvenile... Read More
Can I Be Relieved from My Duty to Register as a Sex Offender?
Many sex-related criminal convictions require that you register as a sex offender – in some cases, indefinitely. Those required to register must provide their name, address, place of employment, photograph, and fingerprints, among other... Read More
Is There a Treatment Alternative for Juvenile Sex Offenders?
Established in 1984, Washington’s Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative (SSOSA) authorizes courts to order certain sexual offenders to undergo treatment in lieu of serving time in prison. For someone being prosecuted for a sex... Read More
When Can a Juvenile be Charged as An Adult for a Sex Crime in Washington?
Generally speaking, if a child is charged with a crime before his or her 18th birthday, the case will be handled by the juvenile court. However, there are some situations in which a child... Read More
How are Juvenile Sex Offenders Sentenced?
Every adult can remember doing something unwise, even dangerous, as a young person, something that he or she would never do after reaching maturity. While adolescence can be a wonderful time of discovery and... Read More
[PODCAST] What You Need to Know About Sentencing Juvenile Sex Offenders
Last year, Washington State revised the way it sentences juvenile sex offenders, however many attorneys remain unaware of these changes. Recently, our very own Aimée Sutton gave a speech to help other attorneys understand... Read More
What Every Parent Needs to Know About Sexting
Modern technology is a powerful tool. It opens doors in business, communication, education, recreation, and many other things. Unfortunately, the law struggles to keep pace with the advances in tech. Tech’s capabilities open doors... Read More
Why Teens Who Commit Sex Offenses Rarely Do It Again
Many of us get our perceptions of sexual assault and other crimes from the media, television, and movies. While these depictions focus on stories that will boost ratings, web traffic, and ticket sales, they... Read More
Reducing the Adult Consequences of Teenage Mistakes
This spring’s news about the Oregon State University baseball team shows how teenaged errors of some kinds can dog a person into adulthood. Luke Heimlich, the star pitcher of the OSU team, found himself... Read More