We see this once in a while with people in the hospital or a nursing home. Someone older, someone who's incapacitated somehow, and another person is allegedly taking advantage of them.
Lewd acts by a caretaker upon a dependent adult are defined under California Penal Code 288(b)(2).
It could occur by sexually touching them, having sex with them — there are all sorts of things that can go on. Maybe a co-worker catches the person. Perhaps it's videotaped, or maybe the assault or sexual battery victim sexual battery ends up alerting authorities.
The bottom line is this, prosecutors, judges, and even the police do not like these cases, and they will treat the defendant very harshly in these cases because they feel that the person who is being taken advantage of cannot protect themselves or fend for themselves, so it's their job to protect that person.
Registration as a Sex Offender in California
So, if you or a loved one is charged with some sexual conduct against a dependent adult, someone who's in a:
- nursing home;
- who's in a position where they cannot defend themselves.
Then please get somebody like me involved who's worked for the District Attorney's office, worked for a Superior Court Judge, and been a criminal defense attorney defending these types of cases for the last 26 years.
Because if you don't, you or your loved one will end up in a world of hurt. You're going to end up going to prison, registering as a sex offender for the rest of your life — your entire life and world will be turned upside down.
The prosecutors have a lot of power in these types of offenses. They've got the juries on their side. They've got the judges on their side.
Retain an Experienced Lawyer Immediately
So, it would help if you had a defense attorney on your side who has been down this road that you're about to travel, had success and helped their clients. Sometimes it's a situation where you have not done anything wrong, and you need to be defended.
Just because you're innocent doesn't mean you're going to be found innocent. That's the unfortunate thing. It would help if you had an attorney by your side. It would help if you had a champion.
It would help if you had somebody that could fight for you. If you're guilty, you're going to need somebody as well. Just because you may be guilty of doing something wrong doesn't necessarily mean you should be sent to prison for the rest of your life or some long prison sentence where you don't get out for a long time.
You have a right to be defended. There will always be mitigating circumstances that need to be presented to the judge, the mitigating cases that need to be given to the judge, the jury, and the prosecutor. The only one who will do that effectively is your defense attorney.
Contact the Hedding Law Firm for Help
So, if you need help or your loved one needs help, and they're in a wrong position because they've touched someone in a vulnerable position, a hospital, a nursing home, whatever the case may be, pick up the phone.
Make the call. Ask to speak to Ron Hedding. We'll get the ball moving in the right direction so you can get out of the criminal justice system as fast as possible.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located in Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0979.