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Sexual abuse of any kind is a serious allegation. The stigma surrounding sexual abuse allegations can lead to lifelong consequences, regardless of the court’s final verdict. The first thing anyone accused of sexual abuse should do is contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman in Anaheim can provide legal assistance for these complex cases without passing judgment.
California State Law defines sexual abuse and sex crimes as any criminal activity of a sexual nature. These actions are non-consensual and unwanted. They can occur between anyone, regardless of their relationship. Some of the more common forms of sexual abuse include:
Sex crime allegations range drastically, but all revolve around sexual motivation. These crimes can be pursued as penalties or misdemeanors, depending on the victims and the actions involved in the case. For example, if a person is convicted of rape, this sentence will often be pursued at the felony level. On the other hand, charges like indecent exposure or solicitation, which are often used to pursue prostitution charges, will normally be pursued as misdemeanors.
For certain sex crimes, a registry as a sex offender is required upon release from prison. The length of time they must be registered can vary based on the nature of the crime.
To avoid these life-changing designations, it is important to speak with a seasoned Anaheim sexual assault lawyer. They can build a proper criminal defense against any sex crime accusations.
A: Defendants or suspects can use many strategies to disprove a sexual assault accusation. A criminal defense attorney should be hired, one should avoid speaking to police without an attorney present, and one should avoid communicating with anyone connected to the matter at all. Sticking to these strategies from the beginning of an investigation can help those accused of sex crimes avoid indictment.
A: When a sex crime occurs, police investigations frequently start with an accusation from the accused victim. Law enforcement will launch an examination as soon as this happens. Interviews with the alleged victim, the defendant, and witnesses are part of an investigation into an alleged sexual offense. To ascertain whether there is any forensic proof, a medical exam of the accused victim would typically be carried out as well.
A: Depending on the offense, the prison time for sex crimes can range from probation to life in prison. The nature of the crime, as well as the defendant’s previous felony record, will be used to determine sentencing for each sex act. For example, California’s Three Strikes Law makes those previously convicted of "violent crimes" face harsher sentencing for their third conviction, meaning that sentencing in these particular cases would be more severe.
A: Depending on each case's relevant legislation and the specifics of the crime, sex offenses may be classified as misdemeanors or felonies. Keep in mind that the state views all sex crimes as serious felonies deserving of inquiry and/or legal action. This means that any allegation will be investigated, regardless of its truth.
Facing any criminal charges is bound to be exceedingly stressful, and those facing sexual abuse allegations are no different. A legal team capable of handling these sensitive cases is critical for a strong defense, and The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman is here to assist. With extensive experience defending sex crimes, our practice is well-equipped to handle these cases. For more information on our firm, including more details about our sex crimes defense services in Orange County, visit our website and contact us today.
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