When you are arrested for any crime in Los Angeles, it is natural to worry about the worst possible penalties you could face if you are convicted in criminal court. When it comes to sex-related criminal offenses, defendants could face a host of severe long-term consequences if they are convicted. Penalties for sex-related criminal offenses escalate dramatically when victims are involved, and convicted defendants are likely to face civil liability for victims’ damages along with prosecution from the state.
It’s important to understand that a wide range of offenses technically qualify as sex crimes in the state that many people would not expect. For example, public urination can potentially lead to an indecent exposure charge that qualifies as a sex offense. It’s also possible for individuals to be charged for engaging in consensual sexual actions in certain locations or for any type of non-consensual sexual assault against others.
If you or a family member has been charged with any sex offense, a Los Angeles sex crimes defense attorney is the best asset to have on your side. Your defense team can assist you in proving the truth behind a false accusation if you have been wrongfully accused. It’s also possible that you unintentionally committed a sex offense you did not realize or due to a medical complication or psychological issue.
The attorneys at Gibbons & Gibbons have years of professional experience in Los Angeles criminal defense, and our team has successfully represented many past clients in a wide range of criminal cases. When you are charged with any sex-related offense, the penalties you face hinge on the scope and severity of your offense, whether you harmed any victims, and the scope of the harm done if so. We can help you determine the best defenses available to you. Our goal is to help you avoid conviction if possible or minimize your penalty if necessary.
Every state enforces different statutes regarding sex-related criminal offenses, and the penalties possible under California law can fluctuate dramatically based on the details of the case. Some of the most commonly prosecuted sex offenses in Los Angeles include:
These are just a few examples of some of the most commonly prosecuted sex crimes in Los Angeles. State law enforces specific penalties for some sex offenses, particularly those involving victims. Any type of sexual assault, rape, or other sexual offense involving a minor, the elderly, or a person who is incapacitated, unresponsive, and/or intoxicated will lead to enhanced penalties for the defendant if they are convicted.
Sex crimes in Los Angeles can potentially qualify as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the specific details of a case. Penalties can include incarceration in county jail for misdemeanor offenders or state prison for felony offenders, heavy fines, and restitution to the victim for any damages caused. Additionally, the defendant may be required to complete a mental health assessment and rehabilitation program, and they will also likely face sex offender registration.
If you are required to register as a sex offender for any reason, your status is publicly viewable by anyone who wishes to access the public sex offender database. Sex offender registration will prevent you from living near schools and in other areas. You will also face severe limitations when it comes to employment as most employers, especially those in customer-facing businesses, prefer not to hire sex offenders and other applicants with criminal records.
Sex offender registration can last for several years or permanently, depending on the level of the offense. In the event you qualify to have your registration requirement removed, you will need an experienced Los Angeles sex crimes defense attorney to help you complete the process, and even if you appear to meet all eligibility criteria, there is still no guarantee you will have your offender status removed. To avoid this situation in the first place, it’s vital to have defense counsel you can trust from the outset of your case.
When you are charged with any type of sex crime in Los Angeles, you can easily feel entirely isolated by your circumstances, with the whole criminal justice system pitted against you. The first steps you take after being placed under arrest can have a significant influence on the outcome of the criminal proceedings ahead of you. When you choose Gibbons & Gibbons to represent your defense, we will help you determine the best strategies available to you that can help you avoid the many long-term penalties that a conviction for a sex offense might entail.
Contact us today and schedule a consultation with our team. A Los Angeles sex crimes defense attorney will carefully evaluate the details of your case and help you approach the proceedings ahead of you with confidence.