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General Practice vs. Specialization in Sex Crimes Attorney

Sex crime charges can have a detrimental impact on your life. Not only do they pose the possibility of incarceration, but may also cause permanent damage to your reputation, especially if you end up on the sex offender registry. That is why it is critical you find yourself the best attorney the moment you are accused or charged with such a crime.

But before you do, note, attorneys are not one-size-fits-all. When it comes to sex crimes, you essentially have two options; you can either hire an attorney that only focuses on criminal sexual conduct charges or a lawyer who has a general criminal defense practice. Read on to find the differences.

An Attorney Who has a General Practice VS. an Attorney Who Focuses on Criminal Sexual Conduct Cases

Law terminologies can be difficult for a layperson to understand. For you to understand the difference, you need to understand the formal roles of each attorney. Here’s a breakdown:

What is a General Practice Attorney?

A general practice attorney, as the name implies, is a lawyer who practices in all different areas of the law. They do not limit their career to one practice area. Many people view general practitioners as a one-stop station for all their legal needs since they can help with pretty much anything, as long as it applies to skills commonly associated with the law. For instance, you may hire a general practitioner to help you with a child custody case and later hire them again to defend you in an Armed Robbery accusation. Common practice areas of a general practitioner include;

  • Divorce
  • Estate planning
  • Child support and custody
  • Traffic violations
  • Spousal support
  • Personal injury
  • Traffic violations
  • Personal injury

Although they can practice in a variety of fields, most general practitioners often end up focusing on one practice area during their career.

What is a Criminal Sexual Conduct Attorney Who ONLY FOCUSES on Sex Crimes?

Also known as a lawyer who focuses on criminal sexual conduct, a criminal sex conduct attorney is a legal practitioner who works to defend an individual, or an organization that has been accused, or charged with a sex crime.   Attorneys that only focus on Sex Crimes often represent defendants facing sex crime charges at the state, appellate, or federal level. Their practice areas are all within the realm of Sex Crimes.  Their practice areas  includes but are not limited to:

  • Investigative Stage
  • Bond hearings
  • Court hearings
  • Trials
  • Plea bargains
  • Negotiating
  • Revocation hearings
  • Post-conviction
  • Appeals

To represent you effectively, a criminal sexual conduct attorney will often do the following:

  • Be in contact with both the police department and the charging prosecutor’s office
  • Investigate, interview any potential witnesses, gather pertinent information
  • Build a defense appropriate for your uniques circumstances
  • Create a case strategy that will be mapped out for you
  • Create, file, and argue dismissal, and suppress motions as well as appeals

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The Difference Between a General Practitioner and a Lawyer Who ONLY FOCUSES on Criminal Sex Conduct Cases

The differences between a criminal sexual conduct attorney and a general practitioner include:

Practice Areas

A general practice attorney does not focus on one type of Crime. Once you have graduated law school, their profession allows them to practice in multiple areas of the law, ranging from traffic violations, criminal law, divorce, civil law, personal injury, to estate planning. Most lawyers who have a general law practice often take this path because they’re unable to make up their mind on where to focus and/or they like to do different types of crimes to keep it interesting.

A lawyer who only focuses on sex crimes, on the other hand, focuses soley on sex crimes and nothing else.  The main difference between a criminal sexual conduct attorney and a general practitioner lies in their experience in their prospective practice areas. A criminal sexual conduct attorney as explained earlier focuses only on sex crimes. They have the freedom to practice in a wide variety of criminal cases, therefore be labeled a General Practitioner, but chose not to. They choose to focus only on sex crimes because they are passionate about helping those that are falsely accused of sex crimes and they have a skill set that is unique to sex crimes..

Academic Background

Both a general practice attorney and an attorney who only focuses on  criminal sexual conduct cases  must attain an undergraduate bachelor degree and a Juris Doctor. However, for most general practice attorneys, this is as far as they go. Criminal sex conduct, on the other hand, often pursue further education by pursuing related courses, experience and experience. This enables them to focus on sex crime cases.

General Practitioner vs Criminal Sex Conduct Attorney: Who Will Represent You Better

When accused or charged with a sex crime, you can choose either a general practitioner or an attorney that focuses only on criminal sex conduct cases to represent you. While both of them make excellent options, a criminal sexual conduct attorney is always the best option because:

You Work with the Best

Attorneys, who focus solely on sex crimes, handle a multitude of cases in this area. Their experience means clients come to them with all sorts of criminal sex conduct cases ranging from first degree criminal sexual conduct, second degree sexual conduct, third degree criminal sexual conduct, to fourth degree criminal sexual conduct.

Whether you’re being charged for possession of child pornography, online solicitation of a minor, to child abuse, these attorneys are the cream of the crop in sex crimes. They’ll know how to go about properly, effectively and tenaciously defending you.

Little to no Downtime

Since they focus on multiple practice areas, general practitioners must first study your case to understand your options and potential outcomes. This results in downtime and unfortunately, as an individual charged with a sex crime, time is not on your side when you are being investigated or charged and are in need of a lawer fast. When you hire an attorney who only focuses on criminal sexual conduct, they get to work right away, and based on the evidence and facts at hand, devise winning strategies as soon as possible.  They already know the issues to look for and the law that applies to your unique circumstances. Moreover, there’s always a possibility a general practitioner may refer you to an attorney who focuses on sex crimes. So, you’re better off going to a criminal sex conduct attorney from the moment you’re notified of your charges.

Contact an Experienced Criminal Sex Conduct Attorney Today

Even though a general practitioner can get the job done, you need a professional who’ll do more than get the job done when facing sex crime charges. You need a pro who will willingly run the extra mile to safeguard your rights and help you clear your reputation.

Nicole Blank Becker is one such attorney. Once chief of a Sex crime unit in Michigan, Nicole is well-versed with the ropes of sex crimes, and will fight tooth and nail to get you in the clear.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Get in touch with Nicole”s office today to get started. 


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