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A SHAMEFUL AND HUMILIATING ACCUSATION

Posted on: August 24, 2015 by in Sex Crimes
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California Penal Codes 647(a), 647(b), 266(h), and 261(i)

Sexual-AssaultIn another crime story out of New York City, undercover female subway cops are being assigned this summer to fight a rise in sex crimes on the New York subways. For the most part, the subway cops aren’t fighting rapists and violent criminals. Groping and public lewdness are the predominant subway sex crimes in New York. In southern California, crimes like groping, solicitation, and lewd conduct – while not necessarily violent – are still nevertheless prosecuted aggressively. If you are charged with a sex crime under California Penal Codes 647(a), 647(b), 266(h), or 261(i), contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer at once for the legal help you will very much need.

Obviously, public lewdness isn’t homicide, but it’s generally thought of as humiliating and shameful, and it’s a crime you don’t want to be charged with or convicted of. An arrest for a sex crime, of course, does not mean that you’ll be convicted, but it does mean that you’ll need to fight the charge with help from an experienced California defense lawyer. You may have been wrongly identified, or the incident could have been just a big mistake or misunderstanding. Alternately, you may be the victim of a false accusation. If you’re charged with public lewdness or any other sex crime in Orange County, let a good criminal defense lawyer find out what really happened and advocate for justice on your behalf.

When a criminal charge involves a crime of a sexual nature – whether it’s a violent rape or someone exposing himself or herself on a subway – your defense lawyer’s experience and training can mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. If you are accused of public lewdness or any other crime of a sexual nature in Orange County or elsewhere in southern California, don’t wait. Get help at once. Arrange immediately speak about your case with an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer.

NO MORE DATE RAPE!

Posted on: February 25, 2015 by in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes
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California Penal Code 261

Orange County criminal defense lawyerGovernor Jerry Brown signed the “Yes Means Yes” bill into law last September. It’s the law that requires college students in California to give “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement” to any sexual activity. Silence or a lack of resistance does not imply or constitute consent according to the new law, and a drugged, drunk, or unconscious person cannot give consent. If you’re charged with rape under the new provision or with any other sex crime, you’re in very serious circumstances, and you will need serious legal help at once. Contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible.

“Yes Means Yes” gives sex crime victims additional legal tools and protections, but some believe that false accusations will increase and that many may be wrongly accused. When lawmakers were considering the bill, critics said it may send universities into murky legal waters. Under criminal law, rape and sexual assault occur when one person forces another into sex despite the denial of consent, a standard commonly referred to as “no means no.” The new California standard, “yes means yes,” means that a sex act can only be presumed consensual if both partners have unambiguously consented. Even if no objections are raised, unless explicit consent is obtained, a sexual encounter may be legally considered rape. The standard is not new in California; state universities have operated under these rules for several years. Now, however, the same standard will be applied to every public and private campus that receives state funding.

What hasn’t changed are your basic rights. If you’re charged with any sex crime in California, the state still must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Let an experienced criminal defense attorney represent you. If you are charged with violating the “Yes Means Yes” law or with any other sex crime in Orange County, contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible.

MILLIONS SPENT ON KEEPING AN EYE ON SEX OFFENDERS

Posted on: February 9, 2015 by in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes
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California Penal Code 243.4, 261, and 261.5

Orange County criminal defense attorneyParoled sex offenders in the state of California must take periodic lie detector tests and participate in more treatment programs in response to calls for stricter oversight. In 2014, the state spent about $8.5 million on contractors who provide polygraph exams, treatment programs, and other sex offender services, and lawmakers plan to more than double that amount this year. If you are convicted of a rape or sexual battery in California, it’s a conviction that will follow you for the rest of your life. If you are charged with any sex crime in Orange County, it’s a serious matter. Get serious legal help immediately and arrange to speak with an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney.

The state is working to identify California’s most dangerous sex offenders and to reduce parole caseloads. The idea is for parole agents who oversee the highest-risk offenders to handle fewer cases than their colleagues who manage lower-risk offenders. Additional polygraph exams will help parole agents confirm that offenders are complying with their release conditions. Parolees could be asked about attendance at 12-step addiction programs or inappropriate contact with other convicts. All sex offender parolees are now required to participate in specially-designed treatment programs. Previously, only high-risk offenders had to do that. California now has more than 7,000 paroled sex offenders.

You very much want to avoid being convicted for any sex crime in California. Sometimes sex crime charges are based on mistakes, misunderstandings, misidentifications, or false accusations. A good criminal defense lawyer is often able to offer real legal help to clients facing any of these charges. If you face any charge for any sex crime or sex-related crime in Orange County or anywhere in southern California, for the high-quality defense representation you need and deserve, contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.