If you or someone you know have been charged with a sex crime in California, call a Los Angeles sex crimes defense attorney from Tabibnia Law firm at (866) 713-2159 for a free consultation. Mr. Cyrus Tabibnia has over 18 years of experience handling all types of sex crimes including Sexual Assault and Child Abuse and he can protect your future.
Sexual offenses are taken very seriously in Southern California, with rigorous investigations and prosecutions. A conviction can have lasting consequences, not just in terms of fines or prison sentences but also in the form of lifelong registration as a sex offender under the California Penal Code 290. This registration can shadow you for life, making it even more vital to have a skilled defense attorney by your side.
Your choice of a defense attorney can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Trust in our experience and dedication to help guide you through this challenging time.
Our Sex Crimes Practice Areas
The term “sex crime” describes a variety of offenses in the state of California including rape, sexual assault, and prostitution. Tabibnia Law Firm defends clients against misdemeanor and felony charges, including:
- California Penal Code 288 – Lewd Acts with a Minor
- Penal Code 288a – Oral Copulation
- Penal Code – 288.4 – Arranging a Meeting with a Minor to Commit a Lewd Act
- Penal Code 289(a)(1) – Forcible Penetration with a Foreign Object
- Penal Code 261(a)(1) – Rape
- Penal Code 261.5(c) – Statutory Rape
- Penal Code 266(e) – Carnal Abuse of Children
- Penal Code 311.1 – Possession of Child Pornography
- Penal Code 647.6(a)1 – Child Annoyance
- Penal Code 261.5 – Unlawful Intercourse With A Minor or “Statutory Rape”
- Penal Code 243.4 – Sexual Battery
- Penal Code 314 – Indecent Exposure
- Penal Code 647(a) – Lewd Act In Public
- Penal Code 647(b) – Solicitation of Prostitution
- Penal Code 653.22 – Loitering for Prostitution
- Penal Code Section 653.23(a) (2) – aiding a prostitute
- Penal Code 290(b) – Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
- Penal Code 261(a)(2) – Forcible rape
- Penal Code 261(a)(3) – Rape by use of drugs
- Penal Code 261(a)(4)– Rape of an unconscious person
- Penal Code 261(a)(6) – Rape by threat of harm
- Penal Code 262 (a)(1) – Spousal rape
- Penal Code 264.1 – Forcible rape while acting in concert
- Penal Code 266h(a), 266i – Pimping and Pandering
- Penal Code 266h(a)– Soliciting a prostitute
Common Sex Crimes Allegations in Los Angeles, California
There are a number of criminal offenses that fall under the broad category of sex crimes in California.
1) Indecent Exposure – Penal Code 314
Penal Code 314 (Indecent Exposure) occurs when a suspect exposes their privates to another person in a public place with the intent of arousing or offending. For example, flashing someone in a park or bar might be considered indecent exposure. Under California state law, indecent exposure is often charged as a misdemeanor and may be punishable by up to one year in county jail. However, if the defendant retains a previous indecent exposure conviction, a new and subsequent allegation may be charged as a felony.
Sexual assault – also known as sexual battery under California state law, is the intimate touching of another person – without the person’s will – while they are restrained and in order to arouse yourself or someone else. Under Penal Code Section 243.4 PC, sexual assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Ultimately, the charge will depend on your criminal record (if any) and how much harm or trauma you caused.
Under Penal Code Section 647(b)—also known as the prostitution statute—it is illegal to engage in sexual conduct with another person in exchange for compensation. Prostitution can include having sex for money, agreeing to engage in prostitution or soliciting another person (or group of people) to do so. A capable Los Angeles Prostitution Lawyer may draw upon several legal strategies to help clients contest solicitation and prostitution charges.
Penal Code 311 PC is the main statute that makes child pornography a crime in the state of California. In particular, under California law, it is illegal to possess, send, transport, duplicate, print, or advertise child pornography. It is likewise illegal to hire or have minors participate in making pornographic images.
Under Penal Code 311, child pornography offenses may be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies depending on the specifics of each case and a defendant’s criminal record. Seeking the assistance of a Los Angeles child pornography lawyer can help you reduce your charges.
5) STATUTORY RAPE – Penal Code 261.5
Under Penal Code 261.5, it is a crime to have sexual intercourse with a minor who is not your spouse. Defendant may be charged with statutory rape even if the minor willingly participates; the law deems unmarried minors to be legally incapable of consenting to have sex. It can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony based on the specifics of the case. One of the most important factors in how statutory rape is charged is the age difference between the parties involved. The greater the age difference, the more severe the consequences.
6) RAPE – Penal Code 261
Rape is among the most serious sex offenses in California. Penal Code Section 261 defines rape as having sex with another adult without their consent. Rape can occur through the use of force, threats, by having sex with an unconscious or intoxicated victim or under any similar situation wherein the victim did not consent to the sex act. The penalties for rape in California are set forth in Penal Code 264. In California, rape is a felony punishable by up to 8 years in state prison. It is important to hire Los Angeles rape defense lawyer to fight these rape charges in California.
7) LEWD ACTS ON A CHILD – Penal Code 288
In California, it is illegal to commit a lewd act on a child, which involves touching a child’s intimate parts or encouraging them to engage in a sexual act. This crime is typically charged as a felony.
The charge and penalties for this crime will also depend upon the age of the child and the difference in age between the defendant and child. If force is used to commit the act, the maximum penalty for this crime is 10 years in a state penitentiary.
8) CHILD MOLESTATION – Penal Code 288.7(a)
As defined in Penal Code Section 288.7(a), child molestation occurs when an adult has sexual intercourse or sodomizes a child who is 10 years old or younger.
A felony, a conviction for PC 288.7(a) carries a potential sentence of 25 years to life in a California state prison. If the sexual act involves oral sex or sexual penetration, the offense carries 15 years to life in prison.
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
There are many consequences associated with a sex crime conviction in California. A conviction can result in the defendant being required to register as a sex offender. In California, there are three levels of sex offender registration.
- Tier One: persons convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery, indecent exposure or other low-level sex crimes are required to register with their local sheriff’s office for at least 10 years.
- Tier Two: requires registration for a minimum of 20 years after a conviction for a mid-level sex offense, such as lewd acts with a minor under 14, incest, or acts of penetration with a foreign object.
- Tier Three: For many of the most serious sex crimes, including rape, child pornography and pimping a minor, registration for life is required after conviction.
Further, Meghan’s Law will put your name and criminal record in a searchable database, so that you can be easily identified by people doing background checks. For the period of time you’re required to register, and for any subsequent periods in which registration is necessary because your offense falls into one of the categories listed above (see “Eligibility Requirements,” above), you must comply with strict rules. These might include:
- Notifying the state if and when you move, within at least 5 days of doing so
- Maintaining a certain distance from schools, parks, or other places where children can be found regularly, and
- Notifying your college institution that you have been convicted of a sex crime, and registering with campus police.
If you are classified as a high-risk offender, it’s possible that your parole or probation officer will require you to wear a GPS monitoring device. Failing to register as a sex offender is also punishable by law.
If you do not satisfy your court-ordered responsibilities, you can face additional criminal charges and punishments.
A strong defense is the only way to avoid mandatory registration on California’s sex offender registry. At Tabibnia Law Firm, Cyrus has years of experience and expertise defending against sex crime charges. And we’re dedicated to doing everything he can to defend your rights and protect your future. Call us today to learn more.
WHAT IF I’VE BEEN FALSELY ACCUSED OF A SEX CRIME?
Many sex crimes are prosecuted based primarily on an alleged victim’s statements. However, many of these allegations are false. Some people make statements out of hatred or revenge without any independent evidence to support their claims. There are also numerous instances of false/mistaken memories of alleged sex crimes occurring many years ago. Keep in mind that, to be convicted, prosecutors must prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. When Cyrus represents you, he will:
- Discuss the possible motivations that may have led to false allegations;
- Ensure that the validity and legality of evidence presented to support false accusations is challenged;
- Determine if your rights have been violated in any way in an effort to get evidence thrown out or, better yet, the charges against you dropped;
- Interview character and eye-witnesses; and
- With the help of experts, gather evidence that disproves charges against you.
LET OUR LOS ANGELES SEX CRIME LAWYER FIGHT FOR YOU
If you or someone you know is facing charges related to a sex crime in Los Angeles, immediate legal counsel is crucial. Choose the Tabibnia Law Firm, uniquely positioned with experience from both sides of the courtroom—having prosecuted and defended such cases. Mr. Cyrus, our Los Angeles sex crime lawyer, with a rich history of successful cases, knows precisely how the prosecution thinks, ensuring you have a robust defense strategy. Don’t wait; as the prosecution starts building its case instantly. Secure your best defense by scheduling a free consultation with Mr. Cyrus at our LA office today. Cyrus has over 20 years of experience handling all types of sex crimes, and he can protect your future.