18 U.S. Code § 2241 – Aggravated Sexual Abuse
When the Federal government has come in on these sex-related offenses, they come in with their total weight, resources, and independence. Because these crimes are so severe and sometimes sophisticated, it takes the Federal government to step in and use their surveillance techniques, FBI agents, Homeland Security, and Secret Service agents to handle this type of significant crime.
Also, there's a sophistication level involved where computers are used and other applications on the internet. Only the Federal government has the funds to track these cases and prosecute them the right way.
18 U.S.C. 2241 has to do with somebody forcing or threatening to commit some sexual act or committing a sexual act to someone unconscious and other means by way of threats and different extortion tactics. The Federal government takes these crimes very seriously and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Further, when it comes to children being involved and crossing state lines at a young age, the Feds become involved. The FBI uses all its technology and workforce to prosecute these grave crimes. This Code Section 2241 under the United States Code is often used to bear some of the worst punishments that the government can dole out.
If you're charged with one of these crimes, you should seek the immediate advice of an attorney. Please don't make any statements to the government or their agents, and make sure that you pull out all the stops to guard against a lengthy prison sentence, your reputation being destroyed, and other things that can happen to you.
Federal Strategies to Combat 18 U.S. Code § 2241
Depending on the circumstances, several defenses can be employed in these types of cases. It's not a cookie-cutter approach. You can't use the same defense n every single issue.
However, forensic experts can disprove or prove certain things that the reason wants to prove in some of these defenses. Also, without certain elements being met by the government, they will not be able to prosecute these sexually charged cases.
They're going to have to be able to trace the IP addresses of the defendant. They're going to have to confirm that the Federal defendant did the crime they're accusing him of and somebody else didn't do it, especially now with the internet and the various hacking things that are going on.
For the government to indeed prove their case, they're going to have to be able to show to a jury or a judge that somebody else was not involved with the crime they are charging the defendant with and bring to bear evidence that genuinely shows the person is guilty of whatever Code section they charge the with.
When it comes to children, a lot of times, these particular victims are not able to speak for themselves, so the government realizes this, and therefore, they make sure that in addition to whatever the child is saying, they also have other evidence to back up their case because they realize that if they don't a reasonable defense attorney will come in and dismantle their case, piece by piece.
To properly defend yourself, you must sit down with your chosen attorney and give them a straightforward blow-by-blow of what happened under the attorney-client privilege cloak. This is not the time to put a spin on what happened. This is not the time to omit things.
This is the time to be completely truthful with your attorney so that your attorney can do what they need to do to defend you properly. If someone is going to give their spin and not give the other side, then the attorney will be at a disadvantage, ultimately hurting the client.
So, it's crucial that when you meet with your Federal criminal defense attorney related to any USC 18 violations, you tell them the truth, you give them a complete account of what happened – even if some of the things are bad for you – you still have to provide them with all the information.
Once you do that, what I do is, I'm going to get your defense now, I'm going to get your version of events. We're going to find out the good things about you. We're going to get character letters.
We'll find out about your family circumstances. Then we're going to utilize either a defense at a jury trial or operate the factors available at Federal sentencing and all the downward departures that can be used to get you the lowest possible sentence and make sure that your interests and rights are preserved.