The Los Angeles District Attorney established a taskforce to examine a wave of sex crimes allegations in Hollywood. Following allegations leveled against producer Harvey Weinstein, a number of entertainment industry workers also say they’ve been victimized. To address the rising tide of allegations, a special taskforce will investigate them. The goal is to determine whether they can prosecute any of the accusations.
The taskforce, which consists of sex crimes prosecutors and detectives, has not all subjects under investigation. Many accusers, however, have made their accusations public. Currently, the investigators say they are examining at least two dozen allegations against a number of entertainment industry executives. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has already acknowledged that it cannot prosecute some of the allegations. In a number of cases, the statute of limitations has already expired. The California legislature changed the statute of limitations for certain sex offenses in 2016, but prosecutors may not retroactively file charges.
One issue that will dog most allegations is the absence of physical or corroborating evidence against the accused. Investigators say that even if older cases can’t be prosecuted, they can still help establish a pattern of behavior.
Hollywood sex crimes lawyer
Sex crimes accusations can devastate a person, family or career. When you face charges related to a sexual offense, hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes sex offense cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Sexual offenses can be very difficult to prove. Even so, many criminal defense attorneys won’t take sex offense cases. Juries can be very sympathetic to victims, especially when they are underage or otherwise vulnerable. Mr. Helfend doesn’t judge his clients based on the accusations against them. He simply works hard to get charges against his clients reduced or dropped altogether.
Don’t work with an attorney who doesn’t want to defend you, and don’t risk a conviction for a sexual offense. Work with an experienced attorney who is willing and able to defend 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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