DEFENSES TO SEX-RELATED CRIMES

"Ms. Barton, I cannot thank you enough for the services that you rendered on my behalf to ensure that the law worked in my favor. I appreciate your non-judgmental guidance and professionalism. By taking the time to critically analyze the facts of the case and always informing me of the best option to take in resolving my problem, you relieved the burden of stress I was carrying. Your negotiating skills and presentation of my case to the judge cast me in the best light possible." Client of Veronica Barton who had been accused of a sex crime and was facing prison time. The DA tried to have his bail raised (after he had already posted $50,000 bail) and offered him 16 months in prison. Attorney Barton convinced the judge not to raise his bail, to give him probation instead of prison, and to let him go home to his family.

Being accused of a sex crime is one of the most stressful things you can experience. ​Penalties can include imprisonment, lifetime registration as a sex offender, probation, and fines.

Some of the most common sex crimes are Annoying or Molesting a Child Under 18 (PC § 647.6), Child Sexual Abuse (PC § 288.5), Date Rape (PC § 261), Failure to Register as a Sex (PC § 290), Indecent Exposure (PC § 314), Lewd Acts with a Child (PC § 288), Lewd Conduct (PC § 647(a)), Oral Copulation by Force (PC § 288a), Possession of Child Pornography (PC § 311), Prostitution (PC § 647(b)), Rape (PC § 261), Sexual Battery (PC § 243.4), Soliciting a Prostitute (PC § 647), and Statutory Rape (PC § 261.5).

The consequences of a conviction for a sex crime vary, but they frequently include lifetime sex offender registration, prison time, the requirement to disclose the conviction on job applications, a ban on possessing a firearm, and, generally, the inability to get the conviction expunged. 

There are a number of ways to defend against a sex crime charge, such as:

  • False Accusation. All too often, those accused of sex crimes are victims of false accusations. Whether the accuser is confused, looking for revenge, regrets his or her actions and is looking for someone to blame, misidentified you, or has been effectively brainwashed by someone else, we can help. Call us now at (213) 377-6102 to discuss your case with one of our attorneys. 

  • Consent. Another common defense to sex crime charges is consent or an honest and reasonable belief that the accuser consented. Call us now at (213) 377-6102 to talk to one of our attorneys about using consent as a defense to get your sex crime charges dismissed.

  • Insufficient Evidence. Many times, the only evidence that a sex crime occurred is the word of one person: the accuser. A skilled defense attorney can attack the evidence and demonstrate that the word of one person is insufficient to convict someone of a sex crime. To discuss your case with an attorney, call us now at (213) 377-6102.

You need to be prepared even before the first hearing to fight these charges and get the best possible result. A smart, aggressive criminal defense attorney can help you in key ways, such as:

 

  • Meeting with the detective before the first court date to persuade him or her to drop the charges. (Often, the police arrest first and ask questions later. But sometimes all it takes to get the police to drop a case is for me to present my client's side of the story);

  • Arguing against raising your bail and taking you into custody at your first hearing (which frequently happens if new charges are added or if the DA requests a bail increase);

  • Getting felony charges reduced to misdemeanor charges;

  • Filing time-sensitive motions, such as motions to suppress evidence and confessions;

  • Working with private investigators to investigate the accuser and/or witnesses to uncover lack of credibility and bias; and

  • Negotiating with the prosecutor for an outcome with no sex offender registration or jail time.

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