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  • Published: January 15, 2020

If you don't know the Los Angeles downtown court at 210 West Temple, it is the main courthouse where most sex crimes are prosecuted.  The reason for this is directly across the street is the main hub of the District Attorney's office that handles sex crime cases at the Hall of Records.  All of the DA's are housed there. There's…Read More

  • Published: January 4, 2020

The law in California implements harsh penalties regarding sexting with minors. Depending on the situation, the local authorities may hand over the case to the federal government if the crime is severe or involves a minor from a different country. If the crime happened across state lines or another state, the authorities would send the case to the state that…Read More

  • Published: January 3, 2020

California defines aggravated sexual assault as the act of an individual who touches, attacks, or causes sexual harm on another person against his or her will.  The person who has the intent to assault has to have the thought pattern that they're going to try and sexually assault another person. Moreover, touching is not required for a person to claim…Read More

  • Published: December 17, 2019

What Happens if the FBI or Police Come and Seize Your Computers and Other Devices in a Child Pornography Investigation? A lot of times people are at home and the FBI and/or police come, knock on the door and serve a search warrant. They take their computer and all of their electronic devices, including their phone, ask them a bunch…Read More

  • Published: December 13, 2019

We get a lot of calls from people asking whether or not they can have consentual sex or engage in some sort of physical sexual activity with somebody under the age of 18 if that person agrees, and of course, in California the answer is no. So, if you touch anybody in a sexual way or have sex with somebody…Read More

  • Published: December 12, 2019

This whole concept of catfishing has to do with somebody giving fake information to another person, and basically trying to lure them into a date or whatever circumstance they're trying to do.  Usually, you see it done through social media where an individual will send, for example, different pictures of themselves and different information and then they will meet a…Read More

  • Published: October 9, 2019

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 -- the next thing you know…Read More

  • Published: September 30, 2019

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 up boiling down to the…Read More

  • Published: September 30, 2019

The answer to this question is absolutely yes and that's one of the biggest weapons they have in criminal prosecutions, is to try and see if the person they are accusing of a sex crime -- whatever the crime may be -- whether it be rape or any other crime -- and see if they have any prior criminal record…Read More

  • Published: July 9, 2019

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 of what a pretext phone…Read More

  • Published: June 12, 2019

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 were not even charged.  So,…Read More

  • Published: February 14, 2019

 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 with the local police department…Read More

  • Published: February 12, 2019

This is a very serious crime under California Penal Code Section 288.5(a) - probably one of the most serious sex crime offenses and it carries with it fifteen for life.  I've been doing a lot of these cases in downtown Los Angeles where people are actually looking at fifteen to life.  The prosecutors have really taken a much different turn…Read More

  • Published: February 8, 2019

 This is controlled by CALCRIM 1071 jury instructions.  It basically just describes what the elements are in order to convict a person for this crime.  It's typically prosecuted under California Penal Code Section 261.5(a) through (c). The bottom line is, one of the biggest defenses to this is that the defendant has to reasonably know that the person is…Read More

  • Published: February 6, 2019

Elements of the Crime - California Penal Code Section 288(b)(1) When it comes to these crimes against children -- sex-related offenses in Los Angeles county -- prosecutors have certain elements of the crime that they have to prove in order to convict somebody of one of these cases. Obviously, you want to know what the elements are, especially if you…Read More

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