Sexual Imposition

Sexual imposition usually occurs when someone has some kind of sexual contact with another person that was allegedly against the other person’s will. This type of situation usually arises when someone is impaired from alcohol, drugs or other mental impairment, or in situations where a physician or doctor inappropriately touches a patient. If you have been charged with a sexual imposition offense in Columbus, a conviction could result in severe consequences, including mandatory prison sentences, registration requirements as a sex offender, a criminal record and/or fines.

Columbus Sexual Imposition Defense Attorney

Contact the Joslyn Law Firm to speak with a Columbus sexual imposition defense attorney. Brian Joslyn of the Joslyn Law Firm will make every effort to fight the allegations against you and help you avoid the most severe penalties and repercussions. Call the Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 for a free consultation today about your alleged sexual imposition offense in Franklin County and the surrounding counties in Ohio.


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Ohio’s Sexual Imposition Statutes

Sexual Imposition - Ohio Rev. Code § 2907.06: An individual may have committed this offense if they have had sexual contact with a person who is not their spouse, caused another person to have sexual contact with them, or caused two or more other persons to have sexual contact when:

  • The alleged offender knew the sexual contact was offensive or the conduct was reckless;
  • The alleged offender knew the other person’s ability to control the offender’s conduct was substantially impaired;
  • The alleged offender knew the other person submitted because they were unaware of the sexual contact;
  • The alleged offender was at least 18 at the time of the offense and four or more years older than the other person, and the other person was 13 at the time of the offense but less than 16 years old; OR
  • The alleged offender is or was a mental health professional who induced a client or patient to believe the sexual conduct was necessary for mental health treatment.

Gross Sexual Imposition – Ohio Rev. Code § 2907.05: An individual can be charged with this offense if they have sexual contact with a person who is not their spouse, cause another person to have sexual contact with them, or cause two or more other persons to have sexual contact when:

  • The alleged offender purposefully causes the other person to submit by force or threat of force;
  • The alleged offender substantially impairs the judgment or control of the other person in order to prevent resistance through the use of any controlled substance by force, threat of force or deception;
  • The alleged offender knows the judgment or control of the other person is substantially impaired from a drug or intoxicant administered with the other person’s consent from surgery, treatment or other medical or dental reason;
  • The other person is less than 13, regardless if the alleged offender knew their age; or
  • The alleged offender knows the ability of the other person to resist or consent is substantially impaired from a mental or physical condition or advanced age.

A person can also be charged with gross sexual imposition if they knowingly touch the genitalia of another person, not through clothing, who is less than 12 years old, and the touching is done with intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.


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Penalties for Sexual Imposition in Ohio

Sexual imposition is punishable as a misdemeanor of the third degree, which can result in a jail sentence up to 60 days and/or fines up to $500.

If someone has previously been convicted of a sexual offense, a sexual imposition offense is punishable as a misdemeanor of the first degree, which can lead to 180 days in jail and/or fines up to $1,000.

Gross sexual imposition is a felony of the fourth degree and can result in a prison sentence from six to 18 months and/or fines not in excess of $5,000.

If the gross sexual imposition charge involves a person under the age of 13, it is a felony of the third degree and can result in a prison sentence from one to five years and/or fines up to $10,000. A conviction for this offense requires a mandatory prison sentence.

If the charge involves touching the genitalia of another person under the age of 12, the offense is punishable as a felony of the third degree, and can result in a prison sentence from one to five years and/or fines not more than $10,000. This offense requires a mandatory prison sentence.


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Joslyn Law Firm | Columbus Sexual Imposition Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a sexual imposition offense in Columbus, Ohio, contact Brian Joslyn of the Joslyn Law Firm to discuss the facts of your particular case. Brian Joslyn is an experienced Columbus sexual crime attorney who will make every effort to help you find the best possible outcome for your particular situation.

Call the Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 for a free consultation about your alleged sexual imposition charges in Franklin County and the surrounding counties, including Pickaway County, Madison County, Delaware County, Licking County and Fairfield County in Ohio.

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