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Gross Sexual Imposition

In Ohio, the crime of gross sexual imposition (GSI) does not involve actual penetrative sex. Ohio Revised Code § 2907 defines "sexual contact" as when a person touches the erogenous zone of another for sexual satisfaction. Gross sexual imposition is a serious crime in Ohio, with harsh penalties.

The legal repercussions for gross sexual imposition are life altering. A person who has been convicted for gross sexual imposition may face possible prison sentencing, heavy fines, and the potential to be registered as a sex offender in Ohio.

Anyone who has been accused of gross sexual imposition or other related sex crimes throughout the greater Franklin County, is highly recommended to obtain legal representation.

Columbus Gross Sexual Imposition Attorney

You do not need to have penetrative sex to be charged with gross sexual imposition. The negative stigma surrounding those accused of gross sexual imposition can affect your personal and professional life. Additionally, the legal consequences can be daunting in the face of Ohio's courts.

Often, the judge and jury will have more sympathy for the victim rather than the defendant. It is important that you stay informed on what comes next to protect your rights and future. The attorneys at [firm] can be your sail in these stormy legal waters. Get in contact with the attorneys at [firm] today.

Our attorneys are dedicated and well-versed with Ohio's justice system. We understand that the social and legal ramifications surrounding gross sexual imposition can be overwhelming. It is vital that you stay silent with law enforcement, and arm yourself with an attorney who keeps you in mind. Find that attorney today with [firm].

The attorneys at [firm] defend those accused of gross sexual imposition throughout the greater Franklin County area and surrounding communities including Columbus, Gahanna, Plain City, Newark, Delaware, Lancaster, and Circleville.

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Overview for Gross Sexual Imposition Attorneys in Ohio


Sexual Imposition vs. Gross Sexual Imposition in Ohio

Ohio Revised Code § 2907.06 defines sexual imposition as unwanted sexual contact with another, or to force two or more other persons to have sexual contact. The alleged victim must not be the spouse of the offender. Gross sexual imposition is an enhanced form of sexual imposition due to added circumstances.

Sexual Imposition – When an individual has sexual contact with another (who is not their spouse), or makes two or more people have sexual contact. The following are circumstances sexual imposition falls under:

  • The alleged offender knew the victim's ability to control the offender's conduct was substantially impaired;
  • The alleged offender was at least 18 years of age during the offense, and four years older than the victim;
  • The victim was older than 13 years of age, but younger than 16;
  • The alleged offender is a mental health professional and induced the patient to believe the sexual conduct was for mental health treatment; or
  • The alleged offender intentionally performed sexual contact, knowing that it was considered offensive or reckless.

Gross Sexual Imposition – When an individual (who is not their spouse) causes another person to have sexual contact with them, or cause two or more people to have sexual contact. The following are the added conditions to be charged with gross sexual imposition:

  • The alleged offender forces, threatens, or deceives impairment by a controlled substance to skew the judgment or control of the victim in order to minimize resistance;
  • The alleged offender knows that the judgment or control of the other person is substantially impaired either through either a intoxicant that was administered consensually for surgery purposes, treatment or other medical reason;
  • The victim was less than 13 years of age. The alleged offender being unaware of the victim's real age is not considered a viable defense;
  • The alleged offender knows the ability of the victim to resist or consent is impaired by advanced age, or a mental or physical condition; or
  • The allege offender knowingly touches the genitalia of a person who is less than 12 years old.

Ohio Penalties for Gross Sexual Imposition

Gross sexual imposition is an enhanced sexual imposition crime. This means that the penalties surrounding gross sexual imposition are enhanced as well. While sexual imposition is normally charged as a third degree misdemeanor, gross sexual imposition is a felony offense.

A person who is convicted of gross sexual imposition will normally face a fourth degree felony. Additionally, if the victim was a child under 13 years of age, a prison sentence is very likely. The following are the maximum penalties associated with a fourth degree felony.

  • Possible fine up to $5,000
  • Up to 18 months in prison
  • Possible registry with the sex offender database

 If the alleged offender forces, uses a threat of force, deceives or uses a controlled substance to impair judgment or control of the victim, their penalties are enhanced to a third degree felony. The following are the maximum penalties associated with a third degree felony.

  • Possible fine up to $10,000
  • Up to 5 years in prison
  • Possible registry with the sex offender database

Understand that if the crime involved any of the following factors, the chances of a prison sentence are very high.

  • Evidence (other than testimony) of the victim was admitted in the case corroborating the violation;
  • The crime was committed against a person less than 13 years of age;
  • The offender was previously convicted of a sex crime, and the victim was less than 13 years old.

Additional Resources

Ohio Revised Code § 2907.05 – Visit the official website for Ohio's laws and legislation. Take a look at the legal language surrounding gross sexual imposition, sexual imposition, and other sex crimes. Analyze the statutes, their adjoining penalties, and what is not considered a viable defense in court.

Gross Sexual Imposition Statute Found Unconstitutional – Visit the website for the Court News in Ohio, a service by the Office of Public Information of the Supreme Court of Ohio that details live video from Ohio's Supreme Court. Read an article detailing how Ohio's Supreme Court stated that parts of the state's sexual imposition law is unconstitutional.


Find a Columbus Attorney for GSI Crimes in Ohio

Gross sexual imposition and other related sex crimes are not treated kindly in Ohio. The penalties can be overwhelming, and the social consequences can be life-long. You must be aware of what comes next and have trusted legal representation on your side. The attorneys at [firm] are ready to be just that.

[firm] has handled numerous sexual imposition, gross sexual imposition, and other related sex crimes cases throughout the greater central Ohio area. We understand the situations surrounding each and every client and want to do our best to obtain the best possible results.

The attorneys at [firm] are respected by their legal community. Brian Joslyn, our firm founder, was ranked as one of the 10 best criminal defense lawyers in Ohio by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Do what is best for you and your future. Contact [firm] to obtain reliable legal counsel surrounding your case today.

[firm] represents those accused of sex crimes throughout the greater Southern District of Ohio, and nearby counties such as Newark in Licking County, London in Madison County, Columbus in Franklin County, and Lancaster in Fairfield County.

Do not let allegations run your life. Contact the attorneys today at [phone], or submit an online contact form to pick a date for your free consultation.


This article was last updated by Jordan Anderson, on July 30th, 2018.

 

 

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