Orange County is a conservative area of California. Therefore, many sex crimes undergo strong prosecution. There are several laws that dictate what sex crimes are. Understanding these laws is only one part of helping your case if you are charged with one of these crimes. Getting a defense attorney versed in the law and how to help your case is another part of the process.
Laws Governing Sex Crimes
California has several laws that strictly define sex crimes and outline potential charges for them. Crimes often fall into categories of lewd acts, forced rape, statutory rape, indecent exposure, solicitation of prostitution, and sexual battery. The ages of those involved play into the types of charges that someone might face. For instance, a lewd act with a child under 14 is always a felony, while the same with a child between 14 and 18 can be a felony or misdemeanor.
Potential Penalties for Sex Crimes
How a crime is filed can determine the potential penalties faced. Misdemeanors have sentences no longer than one year in county jail. However, felonies can carry prison sentences for several years.
Additionally, according to Penal Code 290, those convicted of sex crimes could have to register as a sex offender for 10 years to life, depending on the case.
Even for those not convicted, the simple charge of a sex crime can cause serious problems due to the reputation of the charge carries.
Finding a Defense Attorney to Handle Your Case
The type of charges filed or whether they get filed can depend on who you hire to help you with your case. Contact an experienced defense attorney who knows how to specifically handle the delicate situations surrounding sex crime cases.
Steven K. Bloom has legal experience in California for more than two decades, and during that time, he has assisted numerous clients with sex crime charges. Many of these cases had positive results for the defendants. See if he can help with your case by requesting a consultation.
Contact the Law Office of Steven K. Bloom for Defense Help in Your Case
Make the choice now to find a qualified, experienced attorney to defend you in your sex crimes case. The consequences of these types of charges or convictions can greatly impact your life. Why not trust your case to someone with the knowledge and years of work to help? Contact the Law Office of Steven K. Bloom to get a no-cost consultation on your case.