Dedicated Los Angeles Sex Crimes Attorney
There is no turning back from a conviction for a sex offense in Los Angeles. Even after the penalties of a conviction have passed, the stigma associated with the charges that were made against you will live on – most likely forever. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that individuals who have been criminally accused of such an offense take swift action to secure sound legal defense. When a strong, hard-hitting defense attorney is called to the scene early on, you stand the best chance of escaping conviction and the consequential penalties that go along with it.
From child pornography to internet sex crimes, any number of allegations can be made against a person who is suspected of some type of sexual offense. Especially in today's world, it has become all too common to make accusations of such a severe nature even when the actions do not warrant such allegations. For this reason, defendants who are facing sex offense charges in California need to act quickly and wisely. Only the right criminal defender will be able to successfully absolve you of the accusations that have been made against you, effectively helping you avoid the consequences of a formal conviction.
“Robert Helfend is one of the best criminal defense attorneys I’ve ever worked with. He was so knowledgeable, and always made sure I understood everything every step of the way. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants an understanding, caring, and truly helpful lawyer.”Pat, CA
Statistics on Sexual Crimes
- Every 2 minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted
- Every year, there are about 207,754 victims of sexual assault
- There are approximately 400,000 registered sex offenders in the United States
- 61% of sex offenders have a prior record
- 24% of those serving time for rape and 19% serving time for sex assault were on probation at the time of arrest for rape or sexual assault
- 28% of released rapists were rearrested within 3 years and charged for a new violent crime
- The typical child sex offender molests an average of 117 children
Because of these high and astonishing statistics- courts like to see sex offenders put in jail. However, I believe you are innocent until proven guilty and being accused of a sex crime does not mean you are guilty automatically. Especially in the instance of child abuse cases, false accusations can occur. Often a person can be falsely accused by an ex-partner in a divorce or by malicious ex-girlfriends or family members.
If you secure the right criminal defense on your side, you can likely show that your accuser is lying or exaggerating or that he / she did not fully resist your advances. One common sex crime accusation is date rape. A person can be convicted of date rape if he / she had oral sex or sexual intercourse against the other's will. Also, you could be charged with date rape if you did not stop in the act of having sex when the other party wanted to.
Sex Crime Offender Registration
If you are convicted of a sex crime charge what is worse than a fine or even a prison sentence is the reality that your life will be forever changed once your name is placed on the state sex offender registry. Registered sex offenders have to update their information annually.
In California, individuals can apply for an exclusion from the registry, however if they:
- Were convicted of sexual battery by restraint
- Were convicted of misdemeanor child molestation
- Were convicted of an offense that did not involve penetration or oral copulation
Even for sex offenders who manage to get their name off the list, life is forever changed by increased monitoring, a marred reputation and a mark on their criminal record.
Sex Crimes Defense in Los Angeles
Allegations of sexual misconduct are subject to extremely serious penalties and these crimes are generally punished more severely than any other offense except murder. Sexual misconduct is rarely witnessed by anyone other than the accuser and the accused. The risk of an innocent person being wrongfully convicted is generally higher in these cases. Since there usually are no witnesses to these offenses, the victim's credibility is at issue. In the appropriate cases, I will employ the services of a private investigator to try and establish a defense based on the untruthfulness of the victim.
Under California law, most felony sex offenses are counted as a "three strikes" offense that carries the additional penalty of sex offender registration. The most important thing you can do for your future is to take your sex crime defense as seriously as I will. Contact my firm today to see how I can use my experience and uncompromising defense strategies to protect your future!