Orange County Sex Crimes Attorney
Top-Rated Sex Crime Defense Lawyer in OC
If you are under investigation for a sex crime, one of the first things
you should do after being charged is contact an Orange County criminal
lawyer. These types of allegations can be highly damaging, which is why
you need a qualified attorney to defend you. A sex crime conviction could
result in mandatory sex offender registration so that information regarding
your conviction is open knowledge to the public.
If you are facing charges of this nature and do not know where to begin,
Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman for professional, legal support.
Adult & Child Sex Crime Defense in the OC
Sex crimes include a number of behaviors that are sexual in nature, such as:
A conviction for a sex crime is punishable by all the typical criminal
penalties, including fines, jail / prison time, and a lengthy term of
probation. If you are convicted of a
sex crime with another adult or with a
child, additional penalties can also be applied to your case, one of the most
significant being mandatory registration as a sex offender under the terms
of California's Megan's Law.
Megan's Law was enacted by the California legislature in 2004 with
the purpose of safeguarding the general public against individuals who
have been convicted of sex crimes, with special focus placed on violent
The law imposes mandatory lifetime registration as a sex offender for individuals
who have been convicted of "registerable offenses," which include:
- Sexual Battery
- Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child
- Sexual Penetration with a Foreign Object
- Possession of Obscene Matter Involving a Child Under 14
Upon your release from jail or prison, you will be required to register
as a sex offender with the local law enforcement in the city in which
you live. Law enforcement will then have the option of notifying the community
of your presence. Furthermore, you will be featured in a profile on a
website maintained by the State Department of Justice, which will include
information such as your home address, details about the crime you were
convicted of, a physical description and your photograph.
Jessica's Law for Orange County Sex Offenders
In 2006, the voters of California approved a measure which supplements
the restrictions contained in Megan's Law. This new act, known as
"Jessica's Law," prohibits convicted sex offenders from
living within 2,000 feet of a school, park or any other place where children
are known to gather. In a densely populated environment such as Southern
California, this places severe restrictions on your options for finding
a place to live. To enforce this restriction, Jessica's Law even subjects
high-risk sex offenders to lifetime GPS tracking, meaning that you would
essentially be under constant supervision and surveillance.
Tough Defense from an Orange County Firm
Our firm does not judge individuals who have been accused of a sex crime.
We understand that anyone could find themselves in this situation. What
our firm does is present a case for our client that gives him or her a
fair chance at protecting their rights against a legal system that is
often more eager to penalize than to protect. Don't let your freedom
be lost by a failure to retain the services of an adept attorney.