If you are accused of committing a sex crime, you are in a dangerous legal situation. Under state law, heavy penalties are imposed on sex offenders, including incarceration in jail or state prison, fines, the loss of the right to own a firearm, restrictions on where you can live, and the requirement to register as a sex offender – not to mention the destruction of your personal and professional reputation.
If you are accused of committing a sex crime, you have rights under the U.S. constitution, including the right to an attorney and the right to remain silent. In any sex crime case, it could not be more important that you exercise these rights from the first moment you are contacted by law enforcement or criminal investigators. Anything you say can and will be used against you. Don’t try to explain, deny you committed the crime, or engage in conversation with law enforcement. Your criminal defense lawyer will protect your rights during any questioning regarding a sex crime.
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What Are the Types of Sex Crimes in California?
Under state law, a range of serious offenses are considered “sex crimes.” These include, but are not limited to:
- Date rape
- Spousal rape
- Child sexual abuse
- Lewd conduct
- Lewd acts with a child
- Sexual battery
- Statutory rape
- Child pornography
Defense Strategies for Sex Crime Defense
If you are facing charges in a sex crime, your attorney has the duty to help you seek the best outcome possible. The case for your defense may be built around:
- You were falsely accused of the crime
- No sexual contact occurred between you and the alleged victim
- The sexual act was consensual
- You believed the alleged victim consented
- The accusations are false and based on a bitter relationship breakup
- An eyewitness mistakenly identified you as the perpetrator
If you are convicted of committing a sex crime, your life will never be the same. You will likely be required to register as a sex offender, with your image, address, and the crime easily accessed by any person with a digital device, making you a pariah in the neighborhood. When you apply for a job, you must divulge that you are a convicted felon, reducing the likelihood of getting work. You will be restricted from owning a firearm. The need for a quality defense attorney cannot be overstated.
Your Sex Crime Lawyer in Sacramento: Scarfe Law Firm
At Scarfe Law Firm, we defend sex crime cases with determination, legal skills, and dedication to protecting your rights and freedoms. We are honest, open, and work long hours in case development. We may engage in discussing a plea deal, reduced charge, seek a case dismissal, or aggressively argue for your defense at trial to exonerate you.
Call us today at (916) 252-1609 for a free 20-minute consultation.
- Effective & Honest Advocacy
- Aggressive, Strategic Defense
- Solution-Focused Representation