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Sexual Battery is a Commonly Charged Sex Crime in California

I’ve been doing this for twenty-five years and I continue to see people being charged with sexual battery and a lot of times it’s in the most innocuous way — whether it be at a sporting event and somebody touches another person — people real drunk at restaurants or fast-food locations touching women inappropriately —…

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How Do Prosecutors Prove a Rape Case?

This is an interesting question because a lot of the rape cases that we see is one person’s word against another’s.  That makes it very difficult for the prosecutors to prove the case because the man is going to say one thing and the woman is going to say another thing, and then it ends…

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Pretext Phone Calls in Los Angeles Sex Crime Cases

Having practiced criminal defense now for twenty-five years and done many sex crime cases, I see more and more law enforcement trying to use these pretext phone calls in order to get evidence against those people they believe are involved in committing sex crimes. Definition of a Pretext Phone Call First, you need the definition…

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Evidence Code Sections in California Sex Crime Cases

California Evidence Code Sections 1101 and 1108 become relevant when you’re talking about prosecutors that have filed a criminal sex crime case against somebody and they’re trying to use that person’s past against them. It’s not just past criminal convictions for sex crimes, it could just be past bad acts related to sex crimes that…

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Los Angeles Jury Instructions for Sexual Battery

 When someone is charged with sexual battery under California Penal Code Section 243.4(e)(1), this is obviously a serious crime because if you’re convicted or you plead guilty to a sexual battery in Los Angeles, California, you’re looking at registering as a sex offender.  That means every year on your birthday, you have to register…

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