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Sex Crimes

Have you been arrested for a sexual crime (ex. penetration with a foreign object)?  Or are you concerned about being contacted by law enforcement for past sexual acts?

A conviction on most sex crimes, even a misdemeanor, will result in you having to register as a sex offender on a public database.  Even if you are not charged with a sexual crime, the sentencing judge may require you to register as a sex offender if the judge finds that the crime was sexually motivated.  This database is viewable over the internet at:

http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/homepage.aspx?lang=ENGLISH

Registration is mandatory and failing to register as a sex offender or the other requirements of Megan’s Law may result in greater penalties, including additional time in state prison.  Numerous other penalties and restrictions apply to those required to register as sex offenders.  Once registered as a sex offender, it is almost impossible to have yourself delisted from this database, even if you fulfill all the terms and conditions of your probation and never commit another offense.

An effective traffic law attorney will advise you of the charges you are facing, your defenses to these charges, and advise you as to the best course of action to allow you to avoid having to register as a sex offender in the first place.  Law enforcement sometimes use inappropriate (or illegal) methods to try to obtain evidence to support a sex crimes conviction.   But evidence that may be illegally-obtained or otherwise inadmissible may still be brought before the jury if the defense attorney fails to recognize it and properly object.  An effective criminal defense attorney will recognize such inadmissible evidence and know how to prevent it from being used against you.

Numerous other legal defenses may be available to someone accused of a sexual crime or who is concerned about being questioned about past sexual acts.  Click on Representation Prior to First Court Appearance for more information.  A conviction on even a misdemeanor sexual crime may have lasting consequences on your life.  If you have been arrested or cited for a sexual crime or are concerned about the legal consequences of past sexual acts, even if it seems to be a minor issue, call us.