Being accused of sex crimes can be life-altering and devastating. Even if the crime you have been charged with is a misdemeanor or a felony, sex crimes can have severe consequences.
Suppose someone accuses you of a sex crime in the Bay Area. In that case, you should seek legal advice from Sacramento sex crime lawyers as soon as possible. The Summit Defense team comprises aggressive and highly experienced sex crime defense attorneys available to speak with you now.
DEFINING SEX CRIMES
You can generally define sex crimes as a category of offenses that arise when violence occurs during a sexual act or when one party lacks consent to the sexual act. Sex crimes also occur when someone engages in sex with a person who is legally incapable of consent, such as a child.
Sex crimes have severe consequences for those found guilty. They are punished with jail time and will be officially registered as sex offenders.
Once you become a registered sex offender, it will impact your career, housing, and social opportunities for the rest of your life. You’ll need legal advice from our experienced sex crimes attorney, who can talk to you right now.
COMMON TYPES OF SEX CRIMES OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW FIRM HANDLES
Someone can charge you with different offenses within the sex crime category. Here are the common types of sex crimes that our law office handles.
- Lewd Conduct
- Child Molestation
- Child Pornography
- Indecent Exposure
- Statutory Rape
- Sex Offender Registration
- Sexual Battery
The prosecutors, judges, and the general public take these charges seriously. A conviction will destroy your reputation and your life. It would be best not to hesitate to get a criminal defense lawyer to help you lessen your conviction sentence or drop the case entirely.
Once you are accused of sex crime charges, our law office will fight off these allegations with an aggressive defense strategy. If you are falsely accused, do not hesitate to contact us for a free case review.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS
Sexual misconduct is a type of violence that abuses power and control to harm another person. It involves sexual harassment, sexual assault, and many more. Misconduct can also occur in the absence of consent.
Consent is a clear given yes, not the absence of a no, and a person cannot provide it when they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Here are the types of sexual misconduct allegations a person can file against you in California:
Rape includes any sexual intercourse that involves fraud, use of force, the threat of violence and retaliation, or lack of legal consent. Although California has quite a number of laws that address specific instances of rape (i.e., spousal rape, statutory rape, or date rape), California’s primary rape law is the Penal Code 261 PC.
- Sexual Battery
Touching the intimate body parts of another person, including touching over clothing, especially without consent, for arousal, abuse, or gratification, is considered sexual battery.
- Indecent Exposure
Indecent exposure has no requirement for the offended person to observe the incident, only to have the exposure occur. It’s usually considered a misdemeanor and is punishable with a fine and a year of incarceration.
This sexual misconduct involves soliciting sexual services from a prostitute or engaging in prostitution. It can also include you or someone else making the arrangements for prostitution and exchanging sexual favors for goods or services instead of money.
- Lewd Conduct
Lewd Conduct can involve touching one’s private parts or someone else’s in a public place for sexual gratification or arousal.
WHAT ARE THE SEXUAL ASSAULT PENALTIES IN SACRAMENTO?
Sexual assault also is considered one of the most horrible crimes in Sacramento county. If someone charges you with these offenses, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys for legal advice.
Once a prosecutor convicts you of felony sexual assault in Sacramento, you are facing the following possible penalties:
- A $10,000 fine (maximum)
- 2-4 years in state prison
- Formal probation
- Registration as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
Under the California Penal Code 243.4, a misdemeanor charge is punishable by six months in county jail and a $2,000 fine. The fine can increase to $3,000 if you are the accuser’s employer.
CALIFORNIA’S SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY
Once the court convicts you with sex crimes, you will undergo a sex offender registration in Sacramento, CA. The California sex offenders registry has a mission to provide accurate and timely information concerning sex offender registration to law enforcement and the general public.
They provide this information through the California Megan’s Law following the California Penal Code section 290.46. It is named after Megan Kanka, a seven-year-old girl who was raped and killed by a known registered sex offender who moved nearby without the family’s knowledge.
After this tragedy, the Kankas moved to have the local communities warned about the sex offenders in their area.
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE SUMMIT DEFENSE FOR YOUR SEX CRIME CHARGE?
A former sex crime unit district attorney leads Summit Defense, who knows exactly how other attorneys prosecute these cases. We are best positioned to defend you from attacks against the police and other prosecutors.
Once you choose Summit Defense, your defense team begins with a free consultation that evokes attorney-client privilege. This privilege will protect anything you say to your defense team in person, through email, or over the phone.
At Summit Defense, we don’t judge; we only do what’s best for you. It doesn’t matter the charge. A Sacramento sex crime lawyer is ready to commit to help and explore every available option to help you get a reduced penalty or get the case dismissed.
If someone points you or a loved one out as a sex offender, you can reach out to Summit Defense to get a free case review. You can also drop by a Summit Defense law office conveniently located in the Bay Area or Sacramento county.
SEX CRIME FAQs
Here are some of the frequently asked questions regarding sex crimes in Sacramento:
What are the possible defenses for your sex crime charge?
Once someone charges you with a sex crime, it can be overwhelming at first. The next thing you should do is to get a criminal defense lawyer. Your lawyers can discuss a few possible defense strategies with you. Here are a few possible defenses for your criminal charges:
- You are innocent
The right attorney will launch a full investigation to fight off these accusations. Your lawyer can check if penetration or sexual contact did occur or if it was a case of mistaken identity. There might not be enough evidence to constitute sex crimes in most cases.
- The sexual intercourse was consensual.
A sex crime attorney will listen if you have an honest and reasonable conviction that the person charging you with a crime consented. Your lawyer would investigate and fight to protect and keep you out of jail, especially if you did not use force.
Please note that being under the influence of alcohol is NOT a defense to sex crimes in Sacramento if your intoxication was voluntary. It may not prove your innocence in that case, but being unconscious will help reduce your sentence.
How can a Sacramento sex crime defense attorney help you?
The penalties for a person convicted of these crimes will face prison time and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Lewd acts, prostitution, statutory rape, child pornography, and sexual exploitation are all serious felonies.
If you are accused and convicted for even one of these felonies, it will be hard to find a business to hire you, and you will have a hard time figuring out where to live. A Sacramento criminal defense attorney from our law office can help you.
We have the perfect attorney for you who will find justice with our aggressive defense strategies. We will be fully committed to keeping you from facing criminal charges within the full force of the law.
TALK TO A SACRAMENTO SEX CRIME ATTORNEY TODAY FOR A FREE CONSULTATION
Being charged with a sex crime can potentially devastate your life. You must contact a Sacramento sex crime lawyer as soon as possible.
Our Summit Defense attorneys can meet with you at our law office in Sacramento, CA, or for an in-home consultation. You can contact us at 1-866-537-2584 for a free case review.