Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys
In California, criminal offenses involving sexual activity are described as “sex crimes”. Classified as either felonies or misdemeanors, these offenses can result in serious penalties including prison sentences and a difficult to shake social stigma. If you’ve been charged with a California sex crime, a criminal defense lawyer can help.
Common California Sex Crimes
Some of the most common sex crimes that our lawyers encounter include:
- Date rape. Under California Penal Code 261(a), it is against the law for a person to commit rape in the state or an actual of sexual intercourse with a person who is not a spouse. While force is not required, it is often part of this offense.
- Failure to register as a sex offender (Penal Code 290). If a person commits certain sex crimes, the individual will be required to register as a sex offender. Any violation of registration requirements can lead to a person facing serious offenses.
- Indecent exposure (Penal Code 314). This offense occurs when any person exposes their genitals around someone who will be annoyed or offended. To be convicted of this offense, a person must intend to direct public attention to their genitals.
- Lewd acts with a child (Penal Code 288). Offenses of this type occur when a person touches a child’s genitals or gets a touch to touch that person’s genitals. The offense can involve skin contact or clothing but must be done for sexual purposes.
- Lewd conduct (Penal Code 647(a)). This offense occurs when a person touches someone’s genitals for sexual pleasure in a location open to public view. The offense requires that person committing the act knows that someone else is present.
- Oral copulation by force or fear. California Penal Code 288(a) states that this offense involves oral copulation through fear, force, or threats.
- Possession of child pornography (Penal Code 311). A person in California who either imports or possesses child pornography for sale or distribution is considered to have committed a criminal offense.
- Prostitution (Penal Code 653.22). If a person agrees to engage in prostitution with someone else, that the person commits a criminal offense. This offense requires that a person intends to prostitute themselves and to commit the act. The similar act of soliciting a prostitute occurs when a person requests that another individual engages in prostitution.
- Rape (Penal Code 261). This offense involves sex with someone who is not a spouse and is characterized by either fear of injury or force. The rape can apply to unconscious people, intellectually disabled individuals, and intoxicated people as well as many other situations.
- Sexual battery. This offense which is codified at California Penal Code 243.4 prohibits a person from touching another person’s genitals for sexual gratification against the victim’s will.
Responding to San Bernardino Sex Crime Charges
If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime in California, it is critical to obtain the assistance of a skilled criminal defense lawyer. At Amicus Legal Group, we fight false allegations. Whether it’s negotiating a lesser charge or dismissing charges completely, we can help.
Defending Against California Sex Crimes
If you’ve been charged with a sex crime in California, our lawyers can help you create a strong defense strategy. Some ways that we can defend against these charges include:
- Arguing that the sexual act was consensual rather than against the victim’s will
- Demonstrating that the victim’s accusations are false
- Establishing that the person being charged was mistaken as the perpetrator
- Proving that there was no actual sexual contact between the parties
- Showing that prosecution lacks adequate evidence
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