Rape is a “registerable sex offense” for a minor, meaning that if your child is charged with rape and found guilty, he/she may have to register as a sex offender for life! The effects of sex offender registration in California are extreme and long-lasting. A person’s reputation and ability to get work or obtain certain professional licenses will be harmed. Additionally, the individual may not be able to live or work within a certain distance of schools or playgrounds, and their personal information may be accessed online for people in their neighborhood.
A Los Angeles juvenile crime attorney at our firm may be able to help you if your child has been accused of rape. This is a serious criminal offense which, in some cases, maybe tried in adult court (this will be up to the judge and prosecutor to decide). By involving a skilled defense attorney as soon as possible, you give your child the chance to have his/her rights protected even in the face of these serious charges.
At Okabe & Haushalter, our juvenile defense attorneys help minors facing felony charges throughout all of Los Angeles, including Torrance, Lomita, El Segundo, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes and Redondo Beach. We offer a free case evaluation with a juvenile defense lawyer to discuss your particular case.
Rape is defined as forced sexual intercourse with a person who did not consent or was unable to consent at the time. This may include rape by force, threats, violence, or sexual intercourse with a person who is unconscious, drugged, intoxicated or mentally incapable of giving consent.
In California, if a child is tried as an adult for rape, he/she may face 3, 6 or 8 years in state prison. That is for a simple rape charge; aggravated rape (such as against a young child or rape causing serious bodily injury) will result in enhanced penalties.
If your child has been accused of rape, waste no time in consulting a Los Angeles juvenile lawyer at our offices. We will give you a free consultation to discuss your child’s case and determine how we can help. If you work with our firm, we will go to work immediately in attempting to have the rape charges dismissed before the case reaches juvenile court or adult court.
Contact a Los Angeles rape defense lawyer at our firm today!