Los Angeles Sexual Battery Lawyer
Sex Crime Lawyer in Los Angeles
Sexual battery is defined under California state law as touching the intimate
parts of another person without the consent of the victim. The term "intimate
parts," refers to the genitalia, buttocks or the female breasts.
A condition that is required for a sexual battery charge is that the touching
was done for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification or abuse.
This offense is a "wobbler," meaning that it can either be charged
as a misdemeanor or a felony, but in either case a conviction will mean
that you will be subject to
290 registration as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
California Penalties for Sexual Battery
If you are convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery, you can be held in
county jail for up to a year and forced to pay fines as much as $2,000.
Felony sexual battery carries penalties as high as 4 years in state prison
and $10,000 in fines. Several factors will influence the final sentence
if you are found guilty, such as whether you are accused of committing
the act through the use of force or restraint, whether the victim was
conscious at the time of the act and whether the victim was a minor.
When you face prosecution for such a serious crime, you need the support
and advice of a hard hitting
Los Angeles sex crime lawyer to guide you through the case to a successful resolution. A conviction
could mean that your life will never be the same again, so you need to
do everything possible to avoid this outcome.
Retain Powerful Legal Counsel
You can come to the team at Okabe & Haushalter for skilled and knowledgeable
representation on charges of sexual battery. We have defended many people
who found themselves in your position, and we know how stressful it can
be to face sexual battery allegations. There are many ways to fight the
case, from establishing that you had reasonable cause to believe you had
consent to disproving the accusation that you were the person who committed
the act. Each case is unique, and we will consult with you to find the
best approach for defending your freedom.