AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE AGAINST STATE OR FEDERAL SEX OFFENSES
Lifetime sex offender registration, jail or prison time, fines, probation and a ruined reputation – just a few of the consequences of a sex crime conviction in California. The state is especially severe upon sexual offenders, and those convicted will experience devastating effects in their personal lives, careers, and future opportunities. In light of such serious penalties, you cannot wait to retain powerful defense if you were arrested for such a crime. A criminal defense attorney at Okabe & Haushalter can help if you have been accused of any type of sex offense, no matter how hopeless your case may seem.
An experienced defense lawyer at our firm can review the particular circumstances surrounding your sex crime charges to determine how we can best represent you. Often a case may be based primarily on the alleged victim’s testimony or recollection of events. When physical evidence is lacking, your lawyer can use this to your benefit in ensuring that your guilt cannot be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt in court. We have experience in defending a broad variety of sex crime cases throughout Los Angeles and the South Bay. We understand that your reputation and your freedom are on the line, and we will fight to protect those things.
Our firm handles sex crime charges throughout Southern California, including those that involve:
Sexual assault and rape
Luring of a minor
Sexual conduct with a minor
California sex crimes are primarily detailed in Title 9 of the penal code. This title is named “Crimes against the person involving sexual assault, and crimes against public decency and good morals.” Everything from rape to child pornography is detailed in this title of the penal code. Although not an exhaustive list, below we’ve listed out the most common sex offenses and where they are found in the penal code. To learn more about each offense, such as the penalties, click on the link to be directed to the California Codes.
Rape: Sexual assault, or “rape,” is sexual intercourse accomplished without consent. This offense can be found in § 261 of the California Penal Code.
Statutory Rape: Unlawful sexual intercourse with someone under the legal age of consent (18 years old). This offense can be found in § 261.5 of the California Penal Code.
Indecent Exposure: Willfully and lewdly exposing private parts in a public place or in the presence of persons who would be offended. This offense can be found in § 314 of the California Penal Code.
DEFENDING SEX CRIME CHARGES
Sex crimes cases can be very complicated to prove, as in many trials much of the evidence rests upon “he said, she said” testimony. In other cases, some of the evidence was unlawfully obtained, which violates the defendant’s rights. In such circumstances, we will fight to have this illegally gained evidence suppressed before the court. Every trial is different, but many cases can be fought with similar defenses:
Accuser lied about consensual sex: Sometimes an alleged victim will lie to their friends, families, or significant others and claim that they were sexually assaulted in an attempt to avoid embarrassment, shame or to protect their reputation in some way.
Accuser is in a custody dispute with the defendant: Sadly, there are many cases in which one parent will falsely accuse the other of molestation or inappropriate and sexual behavior with the children as a way to gain the upper hand in family court and achieve full custody.
Extortion: The alleged victim may accuse the defendant as a way to profit financially. These situations not only target celebrities, but also employers or those involved in extramarital affairs.
Leading the witness/accuser: Children are very easily influenced, and many false charges have been brought against innocent defendants because these young people were led in their testimonies. In some cases, an adult interviewing or questioning the child does not realize they are tainting the child’s testimony, but other times parents, teachers, or investigators may lead the child by asking such questions as, “He touched you there, didn’t he?” or convince the child that an innocent hug was actually something inappropriate.
No matter what charges you face, California law is harsh on those accused of sex crimes. Not only do prison terms and fines apply, but even a minor sex crime conviction, such as indecent exposure, will result in mandatory registration as a sex offender, which is a lifetime label. This will affect your ability to get work, loans, and professional licenses and may even dictate where you live and work. Fight to avoid the harsh penalties that come with a sex crime conviction; contact our team at Okabe & Haushalter today!