If you are convicted of a sex crime, the consequences don’t stop at the end of your sentence. In California, these crimes can follow you for life. If you have to register as a sex offender, which is often a lifetime requirement, your ability to lead a normal life disappears. Your name, photo, address, what vehicle, you drive, and the crime you committed will all be accessible online by everyone. You will have a hard time finding employment or a place to live.
If you are charged with a sex crime, your first move needs to be securing a skilled and experienced sex crime defense attorney in Palo Alto. At Okabe & Haushalter, our attorneys have years of experience with these types of cases and will help guide yours through this matter. No matter how hopeless your case may seem, we can help.
There are many types of sex crimes that require a skillful defense. Some of them are physical crimes, such as sexual assault or rape, prostitution charges, date rape charges, and indecent exposure. All of these crimes carry still penalties and it can seem impossible to mount a defense.
A sex crime charge carries a stigma, but sex crimes against children are seen by society as even more heinous. The idea of “innocent until proven guilty” is often thrown out the window when someone is charged with a sex crime against a child. Often, the person charged ends up on local media immediately after an arrest, with society already condemning them, regardless of the circumstances.
Examples of sex crimes against children include luring a minor through social media or chat rooms for the purpose of obtaining sex, accessing or distributing child pornography, exposing a minor to obscene material, and any sexual conduct with a minor, including statutory rape.
Penalties for sex crimes against children are high, with long prison terms, still fines, and requirements related to the sex offender registry.
If you are arrested and charged with a sex crime, whether against an adult or a child, you need to immediately secure a highly skilled defense attorney. At Okabe & Haushalter, our sex crime defense attorneys in Palo Alto have years of experience with these cases and can offer you the best defense possible. No matter how impossible your case may seem at the outset, we want to help. We understand that there are times when people are accused of sex crimes that they didn’t commit, sometimes for the purposes of retaliation or extortion. There are also times when police and prosecutors charge someone with every possible sex crime in the book when in reality they committed a much more minor offense. Sometimes witnesses have been told what to say by prosecutors, altering the reality of what really happened.