Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney
Sex Crimes in California
A “sex crime” is any unlawful or non-consensual sexual activity or activity of a sexual nature. The State of California recognizes a wide range of sex-related crimes. If you are charged with a sex crime, you may be facing harsh penalties stemming from misdemeanor or felony charges. California is serious about prosecuting sex crimes to the fullest extent of the law.
Simply being charged with a sex crime can have a significant impact on your life. If you are a person of interest in a sex crime investigation, the police will aggressively investigate your case. This kind of investigation will likely interfere with your daily life. The police will take statements from the alleged victim and from anyone who might know anything about the reported crime, including your friends and family members. The authorities will also gather physical evidence, including photos, computer files and samples of bodily fluids from the scene of the alleged incident and anywhere else evidence might be found. Every aspect of your life may be scrutinized, not only by the police but also potentially by the media and even the general public.
If you are convicted of a sex crime, you will likely have to serve a long prison sentence and register as a sex offender, which comes with a lifelong social stigma. You need an experienced Los Angeles sex crime defense attorney to protect your interests and fight for your rights. By getting involved early, an attorney can help minimize the impact of an overly aggressive investigation. This is especially true in any sex crime investigation. Your attorney should build a solid defense strategy based on the circumstances of your case.
Sex Crime Cases We Handle in the Los Angeles Area
The Law Offices of Adrian M. Baca has over 30 years of experience and a strong track record of defending clients against felony sex crime charges including:
- Rape (including forcible rape, date rape or statutory rape).
- Child Pornography (including possession, distribution or production).
- Child Molestation.
Penalties for Sex Crimes
A felony sex crime conviction generally results in a lengthy prison sentence and strict probationary terms. If you have other felonies on your record, you may also be subject to California’s “three strikes” law, which could mean lifelong imprisonment. You should be aware that, under California law, each sex act counts as a separate crime, meaning that you could be charged with multiple felony sex offenses for one incident and potentially earn three strikes in a single trial.
Every individual convicted of a sex crime in California must also officially register as a sex offender with the State. You will be required to update your registration every year with your name, address and photograph. This information is accessible to the public under Megan’s Law, which means that anyone can find out where you live and the details of your conviction. If you fail to register or maintain your registration, you could be charged with a separate criminal offense.
How Can a Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney Help Me?
If you have been charged with a sex crime, you will need all the help you can get. We successfully represented a young man with a promising future who was accused of sexually touching his girlfriend’s underaged sister. Client gave a recorded statement to the police. The recorded statement made it seem like he had confessed to this crime. There were serious consequences to pleading guilty, which would have included having to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. We went to trial and the jury returned a verdict of not guilty. This young man and his family were very grateful. We were also happy for the verdict and proud that his young man has gone on to build a successful career, which would have never been possible if he accepted a plea bargain that required him to register as a sex offender. The Law Offices of Adrian M. Baca will work tirelessly to gather evidence to support your side of the story and pursue all available defenses, including mistaken identity, false accusation or consent. With over 30 years of experience, we understand how sex crimes are investigated and prosecuted, and we can identify the right strategy that will give you the best chance of dismissal or acquittal. Contact our firm today for a free consultation.