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A “sex crime” could refer to a variety of criminal charges under state and federal laws. Sexual battery, molestation, and rape are all considered sex crimes, and the severity of the charge differs based on the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime. If you live in L.A. and have been charged with one of these crimes, the Pacific Palisades sex crime attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter can help you with your case.
Multiple sections of the California Penal Code cover criminal offenses pertaining to sex acts. Sometimes a charge may be covered by more than one part of the state penal code. For example, both Section 261.5 and Section 288 of the California Penal Code describe charges related to sexual acts involving minors, including statutory rape and lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age. Many people who are charged with sex crimes face multiple charges or multiple counts of the same charge.
Penalties for sex crimes vary as much as the charges themselves. Some offenses are misdemeanors and are punishable by moderate fines and less than one year in jail. However, other offenses may be felonious in nature and could mean facing a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, as is the case when a person is charged with having sex with a minor under 10 years of age. Some sex crimes break federal laws, and people convicted of these crimes could face time in a federal prison rather than a state prison—and their sentences could be more serious than for those convicted of only breaking state laws.
Your defense attorney should be an expert in criminal law and know the state and federal laws related to the charges you face. A competent lawyer can assist by being your advocate in court and helping you mount a legal defense customized for the charges you face. At Okabe and Haushalter, we are known for taking an aggressive stance and providing our clients with nothing less than courtroom excellence. We may be able to help you get charges and sentences reduced or thrown out entirely so you can get back to rebuilding your life after facing a sex crime accusation.
Our firm handles all types of sex crimes charges, including:
Have you been accused of committing a sex crime in Los Angeles County? Contact the Pacific Palisades sex crime attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter. Our knowledgeable defense attorneys can help you build your case so that your side of the story can be heard in the courtroom. We offer no-cost case assessments and can help weave a solid defense against the charges you are facing. Call today to learn more about how we can put our expertise to work for you.