Dr. Michael Popkin of Encino was arrested and charged with sex crimes involving assaults on female patients. Popkin was charged with a single felony count of sexual exploitation of a patient, two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, and one felony count of sexual battery by restraint.
According to police, the allegations against the doctor arise from several incidents dating as far back as 2014 and involve multiple victims. Police believe that additional women may have been victimized by the doctor, but to date have not come forward. Popkin was the subject of sexual battery complaints in 2001 and 2003. The Medical Board of California addressed those allegations. The Medical Board also disciplined Popkin in 2005 for misconduct of a non-sexual nature.
Popkin has denied the allegations against him and will be arraigned in Los Angeles County Superior Court on December 30.
Encino sex crimes lawyer
Conviction for sex crimes in California has a long-lasting impact. In addition to facing jail time or imprisonment, most people who are convicted of sex crimes must also register as a sex offender, often for life. Lifetime sex offender status may make it difficult for you to find a job or a place to live. If you’re a licensed professional, you could also lose your credentials – meaning that you cannot work in your chosen profession. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of practice experience, exclusively in criminal defense and takes all sex crimes cases, including rape, statutory rape, date rape, child molestation, child pornography, prostitution, sexual assault, sexual battery, lewd conduct, indecent exposure, pimping and pandering.
Many defense attorneys shy away from the most difficult sex crimes cases because the jury tends to be sympathetic toward the victim. Mr. Helfend will aggressively defend you in court, regardless of the charges against you.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.
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