Los Angeles Sex Crimes Lawyer
Local Attorney Providing State and Federal Sex Crimes Defense
If you are facing sex crime charges or are under investigation, you need a Los Angeles sex crimes attorney you can trust to build your case and fight to protect your rights. Being convicted of a sex crime results in serious penalties, which frequently include jail time, fines, and mandatory registration as a sex offender in the state. In addition to these penalties, convictions make it difficult for individuals to find and keep jobs, apply for housing, and much more.
At the Dixon Justice Center, we believe that no matter the case, our clients deserve a fair and just trial and the best possible defense. If you are facing sex crimes charges, do not delay. Contact our experienced sex crimes attorney in Los Angeles to discuss your case.
Schedule a free consultation by calling our Los Angeles sex crimes attorney at (833) 521-0156 or contacting us online. We also serve clients in Riverside, San Bernardino, and throughout Orange County.
Many sex crime offenses are classified as “wobblers,” which means the prosecution may pursue either misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the defendant’s criminal record and the circumstances of the case. An example of this type of offense is indecent exposure. As a first offense, the prosecution typically pursues misdemeanor charges for this crime. If, however, a person has been convicted of this crime before, then they could face felony charges for their second offense. Other sex crimes do not “wobble,” and most result in felony charges. Examples of this kind of charge are child pornography possession or distribution, which are federal offenses.
Below is a list of crimes in California our Los Angeles sex crimes attorney commonly defends:
- Sexual assault and sexual battery
- Indecent exposure
- Statutory rape
- Child molestation
- Possession or distribution of child pornography
- Distributing revenge pornography
- Pimping and pandering
- Human trafficking
- Prostitution or soliciting a prostitute
- Failing to register as a sex offender
“When talking to Ronda, we didn’t jump right into legal discussions she took the time to give me advice about my situation in general.”
The state requires most individuals who have been convicted of a sex crime to register with the California sex offender registry. This public data base includes a person’s name, address, employer, and picture. Being on this registry also makes it illegal for individuals to live, work, or be in certain areas of a city that are near places like schools or public parks.
In California, the state’s sex offender registry includes three tiers. Each tier correspond to the length of time an individual in that tier must spend on the registry before they can petition to have their name removed. Those who have been convicted of crimes that fall under tiers 1 or 2 are eligible to have their names removed from the registry after the appropriate allotted time has passed in good standing. For tier 1 crimes, a person must wait 10 years before petitioning to have their name removed. For tier 2 crimes, they must wait 20 years. Individuals who have been convicted of a tier 3 crime are ineligible to have their name removed from the registry.
Internet Sex Crimes
California law has evolved to include a variety of sex crime violations that can involve any form of digital communication. Knowingly communicating with a minor online with the intent to meet them and perform a sexual act, for instance, is a felony crime. The consequences for internet sex crimes are just as severe as other violations, and if a case involves individuals in states outside of California, the prosecution could pursue charges in federal court. If you are facing charges for internet sex crimes, or if you have been contacted by an investigator, seek the help of our experienced Los Angeles sex crime defense attorney immediately.
Sex Crime Expungement
At the Dixon Justice Center, our Los Angeles sex crimes attorney has a wealth of experience helping individuals “clean” their record with expungement. Although this process does not allow people to fully clear their record of a conviction, it does allow them to alter it so that it does not include a conviction. This can be especially meaningful for people applying to jobs or for housing that requires a criminal background check. Although California’s laws allow many sex crimes to be expunged, those that involve children are ineligible.
Specifically, a person can petition for expungement if they:
- Did not serve time in a state prison
- Fulfilled their sentence, paid all fines, and completed any probation term
- Have neither been convicted of another crime nor face criminal charges at the time of the petition