Being arrested for a sex crime can be one of the scariest times in ones’ life. You can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony in many cases. Life time sex offender registration can be a punishment for both adults and children accused of a sex crime. Being convicted of a sex crime can affect every aspect of a persons’ life…from employment consequences to immigration consequences…the stigma associated with these crimes can affect every aspect of a person’s livelihood.
Sex crimes can be charged as:
With the rise of the ” Me Too ” movement, many cases are being filed against children and adults. There are many defenses to these charges—from complete innocence to mistaken identity to false accusations made in contentious divorce proceedings—it is important to have an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney on your side to evaluate and skillfully fight these accusations.
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Penal Code Section 262
Rape is arguably the most serious of sex crimes charges that can be filed. There is no statute of limitations for rape, meaning it does not matter how long ago the rape occurred, the defendant can and will face charges if the person had sexual intercourse without that persons’ consent.
Penal Code Section 311
Possessing, distributing or production of child pornography will be charged as a felony. And even children can be charged with this!
Penal Code Section 261.5
Any person who has sex with someone under the age of 18, whether there is consent or not, will be charged with statutory rape. If the person is no more than 3 years older then the victim, they could be charged with a misdemeanor.
Penal Code Section 243.4
Touching someone’s intimate parts for sexual gratification without consent can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony
Penal Code Section 314
Exposing private parts to another person for sexual gratification without consent.
Penal Code Section 647
Public touching of oneself or even sex in a public place can lead to this charge.
Penal Code Section 647b
The oldest profession…exchanging sexual favors for money. Both parties the “ Johns” and the prostitutes can be charged. It is a priorable offense which means the punishments are greater the more one is arrested for this. These offenses are usually charged as a misdemeanor. Sex trafficking is a serious felony and can arise out of these offenses and carry severe consequences.