Being charged with any sort of a sex crime in California can ruin your reputation, cost you your job, or worse. Being convicted of a sex crime can put you on a sex offender registry for life. If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime, now is the time to consult with an experienced sex crimes lawyer in Glendale.
Don’t try to go it alone. You can consult our experienced Glendale criminal defense firm for free to help you decide what steps to take to clear your name. We defend our clients against a number of sex crimes charges, including crimes involving children or minors, rape, prostitution, and more.
Things to Remember After an Arrest for a Sex Crime
The Simmrin Law Group can help you protect your good name and potentially get the charges reduced or dropped altogether. If you’ve been arrested or brought in for questioning, it’s important to remember three things:
- Don’t talk to the police
- Don’t accept a plea deal without a lawyer’s guidance
- Hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer to represent you
The sex crimes lawyers at the Simmrin Law Group are some of the most respected lawyers in the state of California. We have a track record of working with clients accused of sex crimes where we do our own investigation, and many times, we get the charges reduced or dismissed. If your case goes to trial, we also have a high success rate in court.
For a free legal consultation with a sex crimes lawyer serving Glendale, call (310) 896-2723
Sex Crimes Involving Children or Minors
In general, sex crimes involving children or minors are viewed by Glendale law enforcement and prosecutors as some of the worst types of crimes. Making a big arrest or getting a conviction in such a case can be a career-builder. Unfortunately, sometimes these cases are built on flimsy and circumstantial evidence.
The sex crimes lawyers at the Simmrin Law Group are experienced in defending all types of sex crimes cases involving children or minors, including:
- Child molestation
- Child pornography
- Child sexual abuse
- Seduction or solicitation of a minor
- Statutory rape
- Traveling to meet a minor
- Unlawful sexual activity with a minor
Child molestation covers a huge number of charges, ranging from a hug or a touch that is viewed as sexually motivated to exposing yourself or pleasuring yourself where a child could potentially see.
California laws make it illegal to possess, sell, view, create, exchange, or distribute child pornography. This includes print materials, photographs, and images on your computer.
Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse covers a range of situations, including exposing yourself to a minor, touching a child’s genitals, or any kind of sex act with a minor. If the child is 14 years of age or older, you may be charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
Seduction or Solicitation of a Minor
The charge of using a computer to seduce or solicit a minor can carry some severe consequences. Whether you thought you were having a harmless chat online or you sexted a photo of yourself, you need a knowledgeable sex crimes attorney to help you build your defense.
In California, statutory rape is the charge anytime you have sex with someone under the age of 18. You can be charged, regardless of whether the sex was consensual or the minor initiated sex. Statutory rape is also known as unlawful sex with a minor.
Traveling to Meet a Minor
You can be charged with traveling to meet a minor for “lewd purposes” even if you never actually met the person. You can face this charge even if the person you arranged to meet isn’t actually a minor, but you thought they were a minor. Police pose as minors online all the time, in sting operations designed to lure people in and then arrest them.
Unlawful Sexual Activity With a Minor
While many sex crimes involving minors don’t actually involve sexual intercourse, this charge does. You can face this charge if you had sex in California with anyone under the age of 18, regardless of whether or not the sex was consensual. This charge is most often used when the minor is 14 years of age or older.
Potential defenses for sex crimes involving a minor include:
- You simply didn’t commit the crime of which you are accused
- You didn’t know the person was a minor
- You were a victim of police entrapment
- Some of the evidence against you was obtained illegally and cannot be used against you in court
When you speak with a Glendale sex crimes lawyer at the Simmrin Law Group, we will listen to your story, take your side, and build a strong defense.
Glendale Sex Crimes Lawyer Near Me (310) 896-2723
Sex Crimes Involving Adults
Our Glendale sex crimes lawyers also are experienced in defending our clients against a number of sex crimes involving adults, ranging from so-called “date rape” to human trafficking. Being accused of any sex crime can be traumatizing. Being convicted of a sex crime could put you on a national sex offender registry for the rest of your life.
Some of the sex crime charges we have successfully defended include:
- Date rape
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Human trafficking
- Indecent exposure
- Lewd conduct
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual battery
- Sexual misconduct
- Solicitation of a prostitute
If this is the first time you have been arrested, it may be easier to get the charges reduced and get you a more favorable outcome. However, even if you have been charged with a sex crime before, we can help.
Registration as a Sex Offender
All those convicted of a sex crime must register as sex offenders. The length of your time on the sex offender registry will depend on the severity of the crime you were convicted of, with the most serious offenses resulting in a lifetime registry.
Registered sex offenders face many challenges. It can be difficult to find jobs or housing, and sex offenders are often cut off from the community. A sex crimes lawyer in Glendale can help you avoid a conviction that could land you on the sex offender registry.
Complete a Free Case Evaluation form now
A Sex Crime Conviction May Count as a Strike on Your Record
Many sex crimes are considered strikes under California’s “Three Strikes Law.” California’s Three Strikes law is a sentencing law that can lead to a life sentence in a California State prison. A first strike is handled the same as any other crime. However, if you receive a second strike, the length of your sentence could be doubled.
Meanwhile, a conviction of a third strike will land you in prison for 25 years to life. Your criminal defense lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea bargain where you plead guilty to a lesser charge and avoid a strike on your record. Discuss your options with your attorney today.
Talk to a Glendale, CA Sex Crimes Lawyer for Free
At the Simmrin Law Group, we believe everyone deserves a strong defense, no matter what crime you are accused of committing. We take your side and work to help you get the best possible outcome. Depending on your circumstances, this can include getting the charges reduced or dismissed, and even winning your case at trial.
No matter how serious the charge is, we stand ready to defend you and help you get on with your life. If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime, you need an experienced Glendale sex crimes lawyer to help with your defense. Call the Simmrin Law Group or use our contact form for a free case evaluation. We’re available to help you 24/7.