The District Attorney's office at the Van Nuys courthouse prosecutes a lot of sexual battery cases under California Penal Code 243.4 PC.
The biggest issue that I have with sexual battery cases is, no matter how serious the case is, if you get convicted, you're looking at registering as a sex offender pursuant to Pena Code Section 290.
The Van Nuys court will force a lot of people to plead guilty or no contest to Penal Code Section 243.4 when sometimes it makes sense that they shouldn't have to register as a sex offender.
Seeking Reduced Charges for PC 243.4 Sexual Battery
That might be more justified to have them plead guilty to a Penal Code Section 242 which is a simple battery, but still fits the conduct because a simple battery can be harmful or offensive touching.
Certainly, a sexual battery would fit under the offensive touching aspect of battery in its simplest form.
There is a key thing for you or your loved one, if they're charged with sexual battery in the Van Nuys court.
That is you're going to want to get an attorney who can differentiate you from those people who are going to have to plead guilty to a Penal Code Section 243.4, which is that sexual battery that causes the person to register as a sex offender.
Factors to Consider Defending Sexual Battery Cases
Of course, this whole line of information centers on the fact that if the prosecutors can actually prove you guilty of some sort of a sexual battery:
- Do they have video evidence? Is there an eyewitness?
- Did you confess to it?
- What information do they have in order to prove you guilty of the crime?
That's where I get involved with people right from the beginning. Either I'll go visit them if they're in jail or we'll sit down in the privacy of my office and have a frank conversation about what actually happened , why they're being charged with sexual battery, and any potential defenses.
Then we make the important decision of whether or not the police have provided the prosecutors with enough evidence to get a conviction.
If it's a questionable case and you don't want to plead guilty or no contest, then we can do a trial and a jury will decide whether or not you're innocent or guilty of the sexual battery charge in Van Nuys.
It's a pretty conservative jury pool there. However, if the prosecutors don't have the case, then you shouldn't have to plead guilty or no contest to the charge.
Negotiation with the Sex Crime Prosecutor
If on the other hand, we realize that they're gong to be able to prove the case against you, then I'm probably going to have to talk to the head prosecutors in the Van Nuys courthouse. When it comes to sexual battery cases, it's probably going to be part of a special unit that just prosecutes sex crimes.
They're not even in the Van Nuys courthouse criminal building; they're in the civil building and it's a lot of setting up meetings with the prosecutor who's in charge of your case, and a lot of times with their supervisor to try to convince them to give you something other than a sexual battery charge.
At that point, if we get there, we're now going to provide them with what I would characterize as a mitigation package which would include some character letters about you and your background, your job, your family, if you have any criminal record.
If you don't that would certainly be advantageous for you, and then of course, if there's any weaknesses or issues with the case, I will present those for you.
So, if you're charged with sexual battery in the Van Nuys courthouse, my office is probably about five minutes from the court. Pick up the phone.
Ask to speak to Ron Hedding. I will start the process of protecting your rights, your reputation, your job and your freedom.
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