“Sex crimes” is an umbrella term used to describe any criminal offenses that are sexual in nature, including sexual battery or assault, molestation, and rape. These crimes are defined under different parts of the state law, and the penalties vary depending on several factors, although all of them require sex offender registration if a conviction is reached. Being accused of a sex crime can have a destructive impact on your life, affecting family relationships, friendships and possibly even employment or housing options. If you need to speak to a sex crimes lawyer, the attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter can help. We have several offices located throughout L.A. County, so contact us today to learn more about your legal options and legal rights as a defendant in court.
Each sex crime charge is unique under the California Penal Code, but our attorneys are experienced in handling all types of sex crime cases. Some examples of cases we can take on include:
Different sections of the California Penal Code address different types of sex crimes. The charges range from misdemeanors to felonies and the penalties range from probation and fines to incarceration in a state penal facility.
The crime of rape is outlined under California Penal Code Sections 261 through 269, and it is not a “one-size-fits-all” criminal charge in terms of prosecution or sentencing. For example, a case of “rape by deception” may be charged and sentenced less severely than “rape by force.”
Sexual battery is described in California Penal Code Section 243.4 as any form of unwanted touching of a lewd nature, either over or under the clothing. This crime could be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged incident. For example, if the alleged victim was restrained at the time the touching took place it would be likely to be charged as a felony.
Under California Penal Code Section 288, conducting lewd acts with a minor is illegal. The penalties for this crime are mostly dependent on the age of the alleged victim, and the age difference between the involved parties. For example, if one party is 14 or 15 years old and another party is 10 or more years the senior of that person, they could face several years in prison if convicted.
One thing all these charges have in common is that, if convicted, the person charged would be required to register as a sex offender for life under California Penal Code Section 290.
If you need a sex crimes lawyer in Palos Verdes or anywhere else in the greater Los Angeles area, the attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter are standing by. Our sex crimes defense experts have the experience and know-how to stand up against the charges that have been leveled against you, and we have earned a reputation for getting our clients real results. Call today for a free case evaluation. We can review your case and discuss your options and together we can work to find the best path forward. Don’t want another minute—contact us now.