Being accused of committing a sex crime can be a frightening experience. The potential effects that being convicted of one of these crimes could have on your life as you know it can seem intimidating when you have no one on your side. Your reputation can be shattered, and even if you are not convicted you may never recover from the social ostracism that being charged with a sex crime can lead to. However, being accused of a crime does not mean you lose your rights, and a qualified defense attorney can work with you to find a satisfactory outcome for your case when your court date comes around. If you have been charged with a sex crime in Los Angeles County, contact a sex crime defense lawyer at Okabe and Haushalter who can guide you through your options under the law.
Sex crimes take many forms under California state law and federal law, but all of them can result in permanent sex offender registration for those who are convicted of these offenses. Several sections of the California Penal Code outline sex crimes, including sexual battery, rape, and lewd and lascivious acts with a minor.
Section 243.4 of the California Penal Code addresses the crime of sexual battery. Sexual battery is any non-consensual touching that could be construed as sexual in nature, including the accused touching the alleged victim or making the alleged victim touch them. These crimes can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, but even in misdemeanor cases, a period of registration as a sex offender will most likely be required if the accused is convicted.
Rape is defined as non-consensual intercourse under California Penal Code Section 261. Someone can be charged with rape if they had intercourse with someone who did not or was deemed incapable of providing consent (as with certain disabilities or if the individual was intoxicated). A person convicted of rape could face several years behind the bars of a state prison and lifelong sex offender registration.
Sexual acts involving a minor under the age of 14 are illegal under California Penal Code Section 288. These charges can vary depending on the unique circumstances of the alleged crime. For example, if the lewd behavior involved the use of force or fear-mongering, the penalty can be more severe than if the alleged behavior lacked force or threat. Those convicted of these crimes face up to a decade in a California state penitentiary as well as mandatory sex offender registration for life.
When you are ready to fight the charges against you, a Manhattan beach sex crime defense lawyer at Okabe and Haushalter can help. We know no two cases are alike, and we give each of our clients the respect and unique attention they deserve. We will stand up for you in the courtroom and use aggressive defense tactics to tear holes in the prosecution, and we can negotiate plea agreements for reduced sentencing if appropriate. Contact us today for a no-cost case assessment and find out for yourself why the Okabe and Haushalter name is associated with courtroom excellence.