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  • 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. …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

  • Published: January 31, 2019

There's a lot of sexual assault cases being filed across Los Angeles county both at the criminal level and there are civil lawsuits being filed, especially in Hollywood and against athletes.  The question comes, when is a case going to be filed criminal and when is it going to be civil.  The answer is, a lot of time the activity…Read More

  • Published: January 25, 2019

When it comes to this particular rape charge, which is covered under California Penal Code Section 261(a)(4) and Penal Code Section 262(a)(3), obviously the prosecutors and judge will take it seriously in Los Angeles County. They're going to assign a special sex crime prosecutor no matter which courthouse the case is pending.  Each branch in Los Angeles County has their…Read More

  • Published: April 25, 2018

I've been defending teachers related to sex crimes in Los Angeles for the past twenty-five years.  Unfortunately, this is a crime that is taken very serious by the authorities because any teacher who is having any type of sexual contact with their students who is in a position of trust is seen as a danger to the student and will…Read More

  • Published: April 24, 2018

When it comes to a sex crime case that's being prosecuted in Los Angeles County, I've done a lot of these cases over the last twenty-five years and there's a variety of different punishments that can be utilized in order to deter someone from committing future sex crime cases, punish an offender who has committed a sex crime case, and…Read More

  • Published: April 24, 2018

One big weapon the police have that they use all the time when it comes to sex crime cases is that is known as a pretext phone call.  This is basically where they have typically, the alleged victim calls the alleged perpetrator on the phone and the police will tape record the conversation. The police feed the alleged victim with…Read More

  • Published: April 24, 2018

DNA evidence can be a powerful tool for law enforcement and prosecutors when it comes to sex crime cases.  It's basically a way other than somebody's word that they can prove that there was some sort of sexual contact between two people.  However, it is not an exact science. It's not a perfect science and a lot of times just…Read More

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