As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, getting convicted of one of Indiana's sex crimes is always a serious affair. Not only will a person likely face the very real threat of prison time, a conviction for a sex crime could also mean hefty fines and very strict terms of probation which can include mandatory counseling and even curfews.
Having to register as a sex offender, sometimes for life, is another potential consequence.
Additionally, the damage to a person's reputation following a conviction can be enormous, and it may be difficult if not impossible for that person to find a job in his line of work again.
These are just a few reasons why a person chooses to fight allegations that he committed a sex crime. Of course, in many cases, a person also challenges such allegations because they are in fact not true.
Despite everyone's best efforts, a person may still wind up getting convicted of a sex crime. In such cases, he may wish to consider an appeal after a conviction. Although a person can appeal just about any criminal conviction or sentence in Indiana, doing so may be especially important to someone who is trying to clear his name after a conviction for a sex crime.
Basically, an appeal will give the person an opportunity for what is called a higher court to review the case, including the trial, and identify whether the trial was in all important respects legal and fair.
The higher court can also set aside convictions if they were not based on sufficient evidence but instead may have been the result of a jury being unfairly sympathetic to the state's witness or just unduly harsh on those accused of sex crimes.
Filing and pursuing an appeal can be a complicated process, which is why it is usually a good idea to enlist the help of an experienced attorney in order to do so.