Sexual Assault

Sex crimes in California range from rape (PC 261), statutory rape (PC 261.5), and sexual battery (PC 243.4) to indecent exposure (PC 314). Sex crimes in California are severely punished carrying long sentences, and mandatory Megan’s list lifetime sex offender registration. Punishment can be even more severe where the victim is under the age of 18.

Sex crimes are very serious accusations that require the attention of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Because many sex crimes do not require physical injury, it is easy to accuse someone without any evidence to rely on. Many times, innocent men and women are falsely accused of these crimes out of jealousy, revenge or in order to gain some other kind of advantage like child custody or leverage in the workplace. Another defense to sexual battery or rape is consent. In order for the prosecution to prove these crimes they must show that the touching was against the victim’s will. Unless the prosecution can prove that the defendant should reasonably have known that the victim did not consent to the touching by communicating that to him or her, they have not sustained their burden and jury would have to acquit.

If you have been arrested or charged with a sex crime it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. The consequences, including the stigma of conviction are far too severe to risk not acting now.

The information contained on this website represents opinion only and is not intended to, nor should be relied on as legal advice of any kind. Should you wish to consult with an attorney, contact an attorney at the Law Office of Jesse Terrell at (323) 638-4712.
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