Incest Defense Attorneys in Knoxville

Sex crime convictions can have serious consequences in the state of Tennessee. It is very important that sex crime cases be dealt with swiftly, yet cautiously and judiciously, in order to achieve the best possible outcome. Sex crime cases, especially incest cases, are complicated and tricky for the defendant because the stakes are always high, there is enormous public interest in such cases, and emotions are heavy.

Incest is also one of the most serious crimes in the State of Tennessee, which is usually punished by a lengthy prison sentence, fines, and mandatory registration as a sex offender. A wrongful accusation of incest could leave your life in disarray and destroy your job prospects, personal relationships and your future. If you are facing a sex crime charge in Tennessee, please call Baker Associates immediately to find out how we can help you.

Incest in Tennessee

In Tennessee, a person who has been convicted of incest must register as a sex offender under the "violent sexual offender" category. Tennessee's sex offender registration act makes a distinction between sexual offenders and violent sexual offenders. Under Tennessee law (T.C.A. Section 39-15-302), "a person commits incest who engages in sexual penetration as defined in Section 39-13-501, with a person, knowing the person to be, without regard to legitimacy:

Incest is a Class C felony, according to this Tennessee code.

According to Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-13-501, "sexual penetration" means sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, anal intercourse or any other intrusion, however slight, of any part of the person's body or of any object into the genital or anal openings of the victim's, the defendant's, or any other person's body, but the emission of semen is not required.

The state's incest law now also includes adoptive and stepparent and stepchild relationships where earlier versions did not. This modification in the law was made specifically to promote family solidarity by banning sexual relationships with anyone that has parental authority – an authority that may be abused for sexual gratification.

Incest and Related Crimes

An individual charged with incest can also be charged with rape if the sexual penetration is nonconsensual. The defendant could be charged with statutory rape if the alleged victim is a minor and is legally incapable of consenting to the sexual act.

Defending Your Rights in Tennessee

If you have been charged with incest in the state of Tennessee including incest, please call a sex crime defense lawyer at Baker Associates for a free consultation. Early intervention is extremely important in any criminal case, especially those which involve an element of sex. Call us today so we can get to work on your case.


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Knox County
2126 First Tennessee Plaza
800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Phone: (865) 521-0001
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Sevier County
121 Court Avenue
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: (865) 546-6000
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Washington County
300 East Main Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

Tennessee Criminal Lawyer Disclaimer: The incest, sexual crimes, child rape, other legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case. Please contact a lawyer at our law firm. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Tennessee.


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