This is a serious crime in Los Angeles. Anytime someone goes into somebody’s home and are going to commit a crime, the prosecutors have their ears perked up and are ready to do some damage. When that home invasion involves some sort of sexual assault, those are some of the most seriously-prosecuted cases in Los Angeles County. I’ve handled a lot of these cases in all of the courthouses – ranging from Downtown Los Angeles, the Westside into the Valley – and all the prosecutors, when it comes to burglary with intent to commit rape, are looking to hammer the defendant, put him in prison, make him register as a sex offender, and a lot of times – if they have the right facts – they’ll try to put the person away for fifteen to life.

First, the issue is going to be when the person entered the other person’s home, were they really intending to commit some sort of a sexual offense, like rape. Next is, does the person have a justifiable reason for being in the home, and finally, they’re going to be looking at the jury, the prosecutor and the judge – what evidence do the prosecutors have in this alleged sex crime case that the person intended to commit some sort of a rape. Because if the person didn’t intend to commit a rape, then they’re not going to get them for this very serious crime of burglary with intent to commit sexual assault.

Sexual assault is a pretty broad term. So, if you’re just breaking in to commit some sort of sexual assault, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a rape. So, they’re going to look at how the person was dressed, what the person actually did when they got in. Then, a lot of times if the person gets away, there’s going to be identification issues as to whether or not they have any type of DNA to put him back at the scene or the alleged victim is able to identify the person as the individual who committed the assault with intent to commit some sort of rape.

So, what people don’t realize is burglary is just basically breaking and entering the dwelling house of another with the intent to commit some sort of a felony. If that felony happens to be rape or some sort of sexual assault, that just makes it a worse burglary than normally people trying to break in to steal someone’s property. You also have the issue of somebody being home. A person’s home is their castle and the prosecutors guard that. They don’t want anybody breaking into their home either.

If they find out that somebody broke into a home and they were trying to commit some sort of a sex-related offense, they’re going to be looking to put that person in prison. They’ll be looking to make them register as a sex offender, and sometimes, if the burglary is with intent to commit rape, they can get that conviction and put them away for fifteen to life – which gives them a big hammer. It also gives them a lot of authority and power, because when you have a situation where you can potentially put a life on the back end of somebody’s sentence, you can negotiate with that person and say, listen, if you don’t cooperate or if you don’t take this deal – and a lot of prosecutors do this – we’re going to put you in prison for a long time. You’re looking at fifteen to life. You may never get out again.

With someone staring that in their face in a Los Angeles sex-related offense, the bottom line is, they’re going to be ultra-careful in deciding whether or not they actually go to a jury trial – whether or not they want to risk that fifteen to life sentence. So, if you’re looking at a burglary with the intent to commit sexual assault in Los Angeles and you’re looking for an attorney, come and sit down. We can talk about it. If it’s your loved one that needs help, we can talk about it and I can go see your loved one and see exactly what’s going on with the case and what I can do to help – what makes sense under the circumstances of the case. Making the right decision from the beginning in these sex-related offenses is crucial because if you make the wrong decision, you could end up with a horrible result that a lot of times cannot be undone.

So, pick up the phone. Make the phone call. We’ll sit down and talk about it and I’ll get this case moving in the right direction.

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