Alaska Criminal Defense Lawyer
The Right Lawyer Can Make The Difference "My job is to educate my client on how the state and federal law works and build a successful defense." - Steve Wells, Founding Attorney

Anchorage Sex Crime Attorney

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Sex crimes can include a number of various offenses, and it is essential that you have skillful representation on your side to help you fight the charges against you. In addition to the severe penalties that you could face if convicted for a sex offense, there is also a significant social stigma against those who have even been charged with sex crimes. You need to ensure that your rights are defended and upheld throughout the duration of your case, and you need representation on your side that can help you accomplish this.

Sadly, there are a number of ways that you could be charged with a sex crime, and the more common may include the following among others:

  • Rape
  • Prostitution
  • Child pornography
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual exploitation of a minor

The penalties that you will face for conviction of one of these offenses will depend on a number of factors such as your criminal history, the specifics of the offense, whether or not anyone was injured, whether the offense is being charged under state or federal law, and other elements. If you are charged with the crime of sexual abuse, then according to 18 USC §2242, you could face up to life imprisonment as well as other various penalties.

Sex Offender Registration in Alaska

Another major consequence of a sex crime conviction is that you would nearly certainly be ordered to register as a sex offender. A first-time conviction for a sex crime is punishable with a requirement to register annually for 15 years, and a repeat offense will subject you to a lifetime registration requirement. The Alaska Department of Public Safety maintains an online sex offender database which is accessible to anyone in the state and indeed worldwide.

If you are ordered to register as a sex offender, you will have a profile on this database, featuring information including:

  • Your name
  • Personal photograph
  • Detailed physical description
  • Home address
  • Work address
  • Details about your conviction

State law lists a number of different sex crimes which trigger the requirement to register as an offender, and these include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual abuse of a minor
  • Child kidnapping
  • Online enticement of a minor
  • Unlawful exploitation of a minor
  • Indecent exposure
  • Possession or distribution of child pornography

A conviction for a sex crime could ruin your future. Even if you move to another city or state, the sex offender status will follow you, and failure to register will expose you to further criminal penalties. Your neighbors, prospective employers and others will be able to find out the details about your past by searching your name in the database or if your profile appears on a map. Law enforcement agencies in certain jurisdictions will even engage in active notification by mailing out postcards or distributing fliers to warn people in the community when a registered sex offender moves to the area. Don't let this happen to you. Hire a proven criminal defense lawyer to defend your rights and your reputation.

Defending the Rights of the Criminally Accused

Attorney Steve Wells has been defending the rights of the criminally accused for nearly 23 years. If you have been arrested and charged with a state or federal sex offense, then you can greatly benefit from hiring Mr. Wells as your Anchorage criminal defense attorney. He offers a free case evaluation so that you may obtain some legal advice and information regarding the situation that you face before making any financial commitment to his office.

 Contact him today to discuss the charges that you face, and to begin pursuing the results that you need for your future.

The Right Lawyer Can Make The Difference

Here are a few achievements that set Attorney Steve Wells apart:
  • Founding President of the AACDL

    (Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)

  • Former Member of the Board of Directors of the NACDL

    (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)

  • CLE Presenter Nationwide

    (Continuing Legal Education or Seminars for Lawyers)

Hear It From Our Clients

  • “The charges against me were dismissed.”


  • “A friend recommended I hire Steve Wells.”