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Protection from Sex Crime Charges
Sex crimes cover a wide variety of conduct, from indecent exposure to rape. However, even the most “minor” seeming charge can have consequences that literally last a lifetime: lifetime registration as a sex offender. Moreover, these cases often hinge on the credibility of the victim and accused, often referred to as “he said-she said” cases.
If you are charged with a sex crime, a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney can help prevent these accusations from following you for the rest of your life. Moaddel Law Firm knows exactly how to beat sex crime and other criminal charges by thoroughly investigating the allegations and exploiting holes in the prosecution’s case. We fight hard because we know what’s at stake—your future matters, so trust us to protect it at all costs.
Rape—Penal Code § 261
Penal Code § 261 prohibits nonconsensual sexual intercourse that is accomplished through threats, force, or fraud, or upon an unconscious victim or a victim otherwise incapable of consent. Rape is a felony, punished up three, six, or eight years in state prison. If the victim was a minor, sentences range from seven to thirteen years. Rape offenses require lifetime sex offender registration and are also eligible to be a “strike” under the Three Strikes Law.
Statutory rape—Penal Code § 261.5
Penal Code § 261.5 prohibits sexual intercourse with an individual under 18 years of age. This is because minors are legally unable to give consent, even if the intercourse was in fact consensual. Statutory rape is a wobbler, and the age difference between the defendant and the victim is the primary factor in determining whether the offense is prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony.
Sexual battery—Penal Code § 243.4
Under Penal Code § 243.4, sexual battery, or sexual assault, is defined as touching the intimate body parts of another person for the purposes of sexual gratification, arousal, or abuse. This offense is a misdemeanor or felony. Felony charges are brought when the victim was fraudulently convinced the touching was professional purposes (such as for a medical examination), was unlawfully restrained, was institutionalized and seriously disabled, or forced to masturbate the defendant. If charged as a misdemeanor, the maximum sentences is six months in county jail. If charged as a felony, the penalty is two, three, or four years in state prison. Regardless of whether it is a misdemeanor or felony, a conviction for sexual battery results in lifetime sex offender registration.
Prostitution—Penal Code § 647(b)
Penal Code § 647(b) prohibits engaging in or soliciting prostitution. The offense is a misdemeanor, and a first offense results in up to six months of county jail. A prostitution conviction does not automatically result in sex offender registration; however, the judge can require registration when imposing a sentence.
Indecent exposure—Penal Code § 314
Under Penal Code § 314, the willful exposure of genitals to another person, motivated by a desire for sexual gratification or offending the other person constitutes the crime of indecent exposure. A first offense is a misdemeanor, with penalties of up to six months in county jail, and a second offense is a felony, with penalties including a state prison sentence. However, any conviction for indecent exposure results in a lifetime registration as a California sex offender.
Lewd conduct—Penal Code § 647(a)
Penal Code § 647(a) prohibits both soliciting and engaging in lewd conduct, which is defined as touching the genitals, buttocks, or breast (females only) for the purpose of sexual gratification or annoying or offending another person. PC § 647(a) is a misdemeanor, with a punishment of up to six months in county jail. By itself, PC § 647(a) does not require registration as a sex offender.
Possession of child pornography—Penal Code § 311
Penal Code § 311 prohibits the distribution, transportation, duplication, printing, exchange, advertisement, production, and possession of child pornography. Additionally, it prohibits hiring or convincing minors to participate in the production of child pornography. Most offenses are wobblers (offenses that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony) or felonies. All child pornography convictions result in lifetime sex offender registration.
You Need an Aggressive Los Angeles Sex Crime Attorney Behind You
Even if your charge is a misdemeanor, the possibility of having to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life is reason enough to take immediate action against sex crime charges. A resilient defense can make all the difference, and it may be possible to argue down your charges if they cannot be dropped altogether. Trust the Moaddel Law Firm to prioritize your needs when you are facing such serious charges.
Call the firm today to begin building your defense—(877) 375-8188!