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What Is Considered A Sex Crime In California?

A sex crime is someone sexually touching another person against that person's will. If you are an adult and you touch any minor in a sexually inappropriate manner, that would also be considered a sex crime.

What Steps Can I Take To Protect Myself If I Have Been Arrested For A Sex Crime?

First, the police will bring you back to the station and try to get you to talk to a detective. Please do not talk to them or not make any statements. Get an attorney as fast as possible, so you can start to assert all your rights, preserve evidence, and do everything you possibly can to avoid the harsh penalties that come along with sex crimes.

Are Most Sex Crimes Committed Or Charged Bondable Offenses?

In just about any crime, the person is entitled to bail. However, if it is a serious enough sex crime that you are looking at a potential lifetime in prison, the judge may set the bail so high that you would never be able to bail out.

Also, if you are a multiple offender and on probation, the probation court can put a no-bail on you. There is a recommended bail amount for every sex crime in Los Angeles County.

The judge can go above or below that bail amount, depending on how reasonable your attorney is and how good the argument is. In sex crimes, judges are permitted to stack the bill, meaning if you have multiple counts, especially if there are numerous victims, the judge can set bail for each count.

Should I Hire An Attorney In Advance If I Am Being Investigated For A Sex Crime?

If you are being investigated, you should hire an attorney who handles sex crimes in the court where your case is pending. Often, law enforcement will come and try and talk to you. You want to have an attorney available as a buffer before making any statements that can incriminate you. An attorney can immediately strategize your case and let you know what to do and what not to do during the investigation.

What Are Penalties Associated With A Sex Crime Conviction In California?

Some of the worst penalties associated with sex crimes are having to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. California recently enacted a 3-tier sex crime registration system, which is set to occur within the coming year. Many sex offenders are no longer going to have to register for life if they fall within one of the lower categories of the new system.

You can expect to face other things would be either county jail time or time in state prison. You will be placed on probation for some time and ordered to stay away from specific locations. You may be requested to keep off the internet or devices where you can access certain sexual content. You can also be ordered to stay away from any minor under 18.

What If An Alleged Victim Change or Recants Accusations In a Sex Crime Case?

When someone changes their story, the best plan is to cross-examine them and point out their inaccuracies. This makes them look unreliable and not credible, and that is how attorneys win a lot of sex crime cases. A sex crime charge will not survive long after a victim changes their story.

What Are Some Of The Defenses That Are Used In Sex Crime Cases?

One of the most effective defenses available is consent. If the person is under 18, they cannot legally consent. Other times, though, people get severely intoxicated of their own volition and cannot remember what happened. So, they assume something inappropriate happened to them.

Often, there is arrested judgment in these sex crime cases, and the police are not getting both sides of the story. Your version of the story must be told, and your criminal defense attorney is the one to say to it after conducting a thorough investigation to corroborate your story.

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