Los Angeles Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
If you’ve been charged with a sexual offense, it’s important that you take your case seriously. Let our Los Angeles sex crimes attorney review your case for free. Sex crimes are some of the most heavily prosecuted offenses in the U.S., and individuals accused of committing these acts frequently experience harsh repercussions, such as public ridicule and ruined reputations, even when they have not been convicted. A lifetime registration as a sex offender under California Penal Code 290 ensures that those convicted of a registrable sex offense never elude their past. Sadly, innocent people can be falsely accused of sex crimes—even when there is no evidence to support the allegations. Prosecutors who handle these cases seek harsh punishments for anyone they believe has committed such an offense. If you are convicted, the judge can impose a wide range of punishments—including imprisonment, fines, probation or parole and mandatory counseling. People convicted of sex crimes are required to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. For these reasons, it’s important to hire an experienced Los Angeles sex crimes lawyer as soon as possible. At the Tabibnia Law Firm, our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers have handled sexual related cases for many years.
What Is a Sex Crime?
The term “sex crime” describes a variety of offenses in the state of California. Rape, sexual assault, and prostitution are all forms of sex crimes. Los Angeles sex crimes attorney defending clients against misdemeanor and felony charges, including :
- PC 288 Lewd Act With A Minor Under 14 Years Old
- PC 288a Oral Copulation
- PC 288.4 Arranging A Meeting With A Minor To Commit A Lewd Act
- California Penal Code Section 289(a)(1) PC
- California Penal Code Section 261(a)(1) PC
- California Penal Code Section 261.5(c) PC
- California Penal Code Section 266(e) PC
- PC 311.1 Possession Of Child Pornography
- PC 647.6(a)1 Child Annoyance
- PC 261.5 Unlawful Intercourse With A Minor or “Statutory Rape”
- PC 261 Rape
- PC 243.4 Sexual Battery
- PC 314 Indecent Exposure
- PC 647(a) Lewd Act In Public
- California Penal Code 647(b) – Solicitation of Prostitution
- California Penal Code 653.22 – Loitering for Prostitution
- California Penal Code Section 653.23(a) (2) PC
- California Penal Code 290(b) – Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
The following is a list of other related Penal Code Sections concerning sex crimes:
Let’s take closer look at the most common types of sex crimes below.
Sex Crimes Against Minors
An accusation of a sex crime against a minor can evoke strong emotions in people. Because of these emotions, law enforcement and prosecutors can sometimes lose their objectivity. Many innocent people have been investigated, arrested, and convicted as a result of the rush to judgment. Sex crime allegations in Los Angeles typically begin with a pretext phone call to the suspect or “target.” If you are being investigated for a sex crime against a minor, you may receive a phone call from the alleged victim or their friend or family member, trying to get you to admit guilt while a sex crime detective listens in. Your statements in response to the allegations lodged against you can be used as evidence against you.
If you are under investigation for a sex crime involving a minor, it is important to refrain from making any statements and immediately contact our experienced Los Angeles sex crime defense attorneys. Our team will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected and that you obtain the best possible outcome.
Internet Sex Crimes
Technology has completely changed the way we communicate. The internet, social media sites and mobile apps have given us many ways to communicate without revealing our identities. In November 2004, Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator,” the first reality television series devoted to catching sexual predators online, debuted on network TV. This series of crimes captured the attention of lawmakers and resulted in a new law, Penal Code section 288.3(a) (enacted 2006). People who attempt to arrange meetings with minors in order to commit lewd acts are guilty of a felony, under PC 288.3(a) and PC288.4 (a). Conviction for either of these sex offenses means you will have to register as a sex offender.
There are many other forms of internet-based sexual crimes, such as possessing or distributing child pornography, arranging to meet a minor for sexual acts, and sending nude images to a minor. These activities are illegal under PC 288.2, which prohibits sending obscene images or materials to a minor for sexual gratification or to seduce a child. If you have been contacted by a sex crime detective or have had a search warrant executed on your electronic property, you should not make any statements, and immediately contact sex crime lawyer with experience and expertise in defending internet sex crimes in Los Angeles.
Misdemeanor Sex Crimes
In Los Angeles, not all sex crimes are considered “straight felonies.” California sex crimes such as Indecent Exposure, Unlawful Intercourse with a Minor (Statutory Rape), and Sexual Assault and Sexual Battery are all “wobbler offenses,” which means that each of them can be prosecuted—depending on the circumstances of the individual case—as either felony or misdemeanor sex crimes. Whether you are convicted of a felony or misdemeanor depends on factors such as your prior criminal record and whether any aggravating circumstances exist. Some Los Angeles sex crimes, such as Lewd Act in Public, Child Annoyance and Prostitution are considered “straight misdemeanors.” Although misdemeanors are viewed as less serious than felonies, in Los Angeles a misdemeanor sex crime can have some of the same consequences as a felony—including jail time. But the most devastating part of being charged with any kind of sexual offense is lifetime sex-offender registration, which will follow you for life and make it difficult or impossible to find work.
Felony sex crimes
The most serious crimes prosecuted in Los Angeles are sex crimes. Offenses such as Rape, Sodomy, Lewd Act with a Minor Under 14, Penetration with a Foreign Object, and Oral Copulation are felony sex crimes which carry lengthy California State Prison sentences and mandatory sex offender registration. Lifetime registration as a sex offender would make you subject to the requirements of Megan’s Law, which mandates inclusion on the national and California registries. People with a criminal record would be required to register, and their names, photographs and addresses would be made available on the Web. The impact of a felony sex crime conviction can be devastating and long-lasting. Our Los Angeles sex crime lawyers have years of combined criminal trial experience, which we put to work for you: securing a plea agreement that will keep you off the sex offender registry—or winning your acquittal at trial.
OUR SEX CRIMES PRACTICE AREAS
There are several categories of criminal offenses that fall under the broad category of sex crimes in California. Our Los Angeles sex crimes attorneys at The Tabibnia Law Firm handle a wide range of criminal offenses, including:
Penal Code Section 314 PC states that indecent exposure occurs when you expose your 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 typically a misdemeanor and may be punishable by up to one year in county jail.
Sexual assault – also known as sexual battery under California state law, occurs when you intimately touch another person while they are restrained 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 657(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 engage in it.
The state of California has made it a crime to produce, possess or sell child pornography. Penal Code Section 311.11 PC designates child pornography offenses as either misdemeanors or felonies depending on the specifics of each case and a defendant’s criminal record, which can be considered during sentencing proceedings.
Having sex with a minor is technically always against the law unless they’re married, as minors cannot legally consent to sex. Statutory rape, under Penal Code Section 261.5 PC, is a wobbler offense, meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony based on the specifics of the case.
One of the biggest factors is the age difference between the parties involved. The greater the age difference, the more severe the consequences.
Rape is among the most serious sex offenses in California. Penal Code Section 261 PC defines rape as having sex with another adult without their consent.
There are many ways that rape can occur, including through the use of force, threats, or by having sex with an unconscious or intoxicated victim. In California, rape is a felony punishable by up to 8 years in state prison.
Lewd Acts on a Child
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 a felony.
The charge and penalties for this crime will vary depending on 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.
Child molestation, 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, this crime can lead to 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.
PENALTIES FOR SEX CRIMES IN LOS ANGELES, CA
The prosecution will work hard to get a conviction, and it may ask for the harshest penalty allowed by law for your sex crime. Penalties for sex offenses can vary widely, depending on the specific offense and whether you have a criminal record. After a conviction for a sex crime in Los Angeles, the defendant might be subject to any number of punishments, including:
- Imprisonment in a county jail or state prison
- Probation, including community service, counseling, rehabilitation, and other requirements, as seen fit by the court
- Parole, and/or
- Mandatory sex offender registration.
A sex crime conviction could have serious repercussions in your personal and professional life. These are the social and civil repercussions you might experience because of your criminal record:
For example, you might find that it’s difficult to get a job or lose your professional license. It could be hard to even find a place for rent if you are a registered sex offender.
Additionally, you may lose your right to own or possess a firearm, lose custody and visitation rights if you have children who are US citizens or lawful permanent residents (with some exceptions), and might even lose out on government benefits.
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
There are many consequences associated with a sex crime conviction in California. For many sex crimes, a conviction can result in the defendant being required to register as a sex offender with the state. In California, there are three levels of sex offenders—tier one the least serious and tier three the most dangerous.
Tier One: people 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
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 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, We’ll do everything we can to protect your future by keeping you off the state’s offender registry. Give our law offices a call 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 real evidence to back them up. The best way to fight false allegations is by presenting evidence that makes the claims seem unreasonable. An effective way to defend yourself against criminal charges is to undermine and discredit the allegations made against you. This will make it difficult for the state to prove its case.
For a conviction, prosecutors must prove that you are guilty to all reasonable doubts. So, our Los Angeles sex crime attorney will make every effort to prove your innocence.
When our legal team represents you, we 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.
We will carefully examine the state’s charges against you and develop a strong defense.
LET OUR LOS ANGELES SEX CRIME LAWYERS FIGHT FOR YOU TODAY
If you have been accused of, arrested for or charged with a sex crime in Los Angeles, it is important to secure legal representation as soon as possible. Tabibnia Law Firm has experience necessary to defend clients facing such charges. Our Los Angeles sex crimes lawyers are leaders in the field, with years of experience handling such cases. One of her most rewarding experiences has been working on cases from both perspectives—prosecuting and defending. Who better to defend you than someone who understands how the state is likely to approach your case?
That’s why you should call our Los Angeles law office right away to schedule a free initial consultation.
Remember, the prosecution will begin to assemble its case against you immediately. As soon as you are charged with a crime, it’s important to get legal representation. Our team is always available to take your call, so please contact our Los Angeles sex crime attorney.