If you or a loved one have been accused of a sex crime it is IMPERITIVE that you seek competent representation. The bottom line is, if you plan on making it out of this without some EXTREMELY severe consequences, the case needs to be handled properly. In California, Sexual offenses are punished very severely and a conviction for a sexual offense charge can have serious effects on you for the rest of your life.
WHAT IS A SEX CRIME?
Sex crimes typically involve the commission of an act that the law would consider to be deviant sexual behavior. Some of the crimes we handle that are considered sex crimes are:
Annoying a Child
Possession or Distribution of Child Pornography
Solicitation of Prostitution
Pimping and Pandering
WHY ARE SEX CRIMES MORE SERIOUS THAN MOST OTHER OFFENSES?
These offenses are often much more serious than other types of offenses for several reasons.
1. In California, there are often severe sentencing structures including enhancements that tack on many years in state prison.
2. The sentencing schemes often involve sex offender registration, which is often a lifelong and is a very severe consequence.
This is the bottom line: if you don’t have an attorney who knows what they are doing and you are convicted of any one of these crimes, you will likely serve multiple years in prison and may be labeled a sex offender for the rest of your life.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER?
Having to register as a sex offender is often a lifelong requirement. A sexual registrant must register with local law enforcement every year often on their birthday. They are required to keep law enforcement informed of their place of residence for the rest of their lives.
Proposition 83, which passed in 2006, limits where convicted sex offenders convicted of certain crimes may live. Often, sex offenders cannot live within a certain radius of schools, parks and other places children often go. The limitations placed on registrants makes it difficult for them to find a place to live.
Megan’s Law, also known as the Sexual Offender (Jacob Wetterling) Act of 1994, makes sexual offenders’ information in the registry available to the public. That means friends, neighbors, potential employers and others can go online and access this information. Most convictions involve lifetime registration.
I THINK SOMEONE IS ACCUSING ME, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you think someone is accusing you of a sex crime, the first thing you need to do is SHUT YOUR MOUTH. I know that sounds harsh, but it is the best thing you can do. DO NOT TALK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. DO NOT SPEAK TO ANYONE ABOUT THIS INCLUDING YOUR OWN FAMILY AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU SPEAK TO THE ACCUSER, NOT ON THE PHONE AND NOT IN PERSON. CUT OFF ALL CONTACT WITH THIS PERSON NOW.
Often times, law enforcement will do what they call a cold call or a pretext call where they will have the accuser call you and make up some story where you casually discuss some sexual contact with the person. Sometimes the person will say “I think I caught an STD from you” or “Please just apologize and I will forgive you.”
There are many other permutations, but they are trying to get you to admit sexual contact with them. If you get one of these calls HANG UP. DO NOT MAKE ANY STATEMENTS, SIMPLY HANG UP. These calls are recorded and are often the most damaging piece of evidence in the case.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
As you can see, these consequences are very severe. We live, eat, breathe and sleep criminal defense. Our attorneys know you will not be satisfied with “good enough” results and neither are we. We have handled more than 10,000 cases in the past seven years and are confident in our abilities to fight on your behalf. The most important aspect is working to be steps ahead of our opponents, all the while keeping our end result in mind.
If you are being investigated on a sexual offense or you have been charged with any type of sexual offense, we understand the seriousness of the situation. You first step should be to obtain an aggressive Los Angeles criminal defense attorney. We can help you navigate the legal system and weigh your options. We will not rest until we obtain the best possible results for your case.
Our Los Angeles Sex Crime attorneys specialize in cases across Southern California, including those in Whether you are facing theft charges in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, San Diego County, Santa Barbara County, Riverside County or San Bernardino County. Contact the The Cross Law Firm today to discuss your case.. Call today for your free case evaluation. We are available day and night to answer any questions you may have.
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