A Whittier man pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving minors. Following his guilty plea, a judge sentenced him to 11 years in prison. According to investigators, the man lured a teen into his vehicle by offering to take her to a coffee shop. Instead, the man drove the teen to a local motel and assaulted her.
He also admitted to separately luring two other local teens into his car, parked at Sierra Vista High School. In each case, he drove the teens to a local motel and assaulted them. The victims reported the incidents to school personnel. Police identified the man as a suspect and took him into custody following a traffic stop. The incidents took place in 2015 and 2016, and the suspect has been in police custody since the time of his arrest.
The suspect is a registered sex offender. His original conviction dates back to 2008 and records indicate that he was categorized at a high risk to reoffend.
Whittier sex crimes lawyer
When you face sex crimes charges, hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He takes sex offense cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Many defense attorneys won’t take sex offender cases. Juries may identify sympathetically with victims or witnesses, making the defense attorney’s job very difficult. Some attorneys don’t want to be known for defending sex offenders.
It’s important to remember, however, that every person in the United States has a right to effective representation. An accusation isn’t a conviction. Accusations must be proven in court to the satisfaction of a judge and jury. A strong defense begins with a prepared, aggressive attorney who isn’t afraid to ask hard questions and demand evidence. A good attorney will also challenge the evidence presented against his clients.
Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight for 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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