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Orange County Sex Crime Lawyer

Orange County Sex Crime Attorney

Aggressive Counsel for Sex Crimes in Orange County and the Surrounding Areas

Sex crimes are serious offenses that carry severe penalties. Not only could a conviction result in criminal punishments, such as prison or jail time, but it can also lead to a sex offender registration requirement. Being charged with a sex offense can be frightening and stressful, as you are facing an unknown outcome and may not be familiar with the criminal justice process. That is why it is crucial to have an attorney in your corner who will guide you through the complexities of the system and help you understand your legal options.

If you have been accused of a sex crime, call (714) 266-3945 or fill out an online contact form to discuss your defense options in a free, confidential consultation.

Why Choose Jacqueline Goodman?

At The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman, Attorney Jacqueline Goodman has extensive experience handling various sex crime cases and has obtained favorable outcomes for past clients. She has also been the stand-alone Vice-Chair of the Sex Crimes Defense Seminar for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 2016.

When you choose her to serve as your Orange County sex crime lawyer, you know you will have an advocate with a track record of success on your side. Attorney Goodman knows your future and freedom are on the line. That is why she will never treat you like just another case, and because the firm is small, you will not be passed off to someone who does not have intimate knowledge of your circumstances.

Hear what clients have to say about working with us:

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Criminal cases are often complicated. There are two sides to every story, and it is important that the court sees the situation clearly. We can help defend you in your criminal case and make sure your perspective is heard.

WILL I HAVE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER IN CALIFORNIA?

Previously, a conviction for any qualifying sex crime in California would trigger a requirement to register as a sex offender for life. As of 2021, this is no longer the case. While an individual who is convicted of a sex crime will likely be required to register as a sex offender, California now enforces a three-tiered registration system. Tier one requires registration for 10 years, tier two requires registration for 20 years, and tier three requires registration for life. 

Generally, the more severe the sex crime, the more likely you are assigned to tier two or tier three. Indecent exposure and misdemeanor sexual battery tend to fall under “tier one,” for example, while rape and human trafficking of minors are almost always considered “tier three” offenses. 

Tier one and tier two sex offenders can petition to remove themselves from the sex offender registry after ten and twenty years on their next birthdays, respectively. There may be other methods of removing someone from the registry if the court is willing to expunge their case and a certificate of rehabilitation can be secured, though this remedy is not available for all offenses or situations. 

Because the information in the sex offender registry tends to be available to the public and comes up in background checks, having to register will negatively impact housing, employment, and other opportunities. However, you will not be required to register as a sex offender just because you are accused of a sex crime: You must be convicted or plead guilty. An Orange County sex crime lawyer can defend you in court and work to avoid an outcome that requires registration. A legal professional at our firm can also help you understand your options should you be required to register as a sex offender. 

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WHAT IS A “SEX CRIME”?

In the state of California, there are various statutes concerning different sex crimes. Many types of acts involving sexually explicit conduct as well as unwanted touching of a person’s intimate parts are prohibited under these laws. 

The Orange County sex crime attorney at The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman can provide effective defenses for many types of charges, including (but not limited to):

  • Child pornography. It is illegal to possess, distribute, duplicate, or advertise an image, video, or other material depicting a person under 18 years of age engaged in a sex act.
  • Human trafficking. The statute concerning this offense makes it unlawful for a person to force or persuade a person or child to perform commercial sexual conduct.
  • Prostitution. If a person solicits or agrees to participate in sexual conduct in exchange for money, they are violating this law.
  • Rape. In California, if a person has sex with someone who did not consent (or was not able to consent) to the act, they may be charged with this offense.
  • Sexual abuse. A person commits sexual abuse if they engage in sexual conduct with another with the intent to injure or harm them.
  • Sexual assault. Making unwanted physical contact with another person's intimate parts is illegal.
  • Statutory rape. Having sex with a person under the age of 18 is unlawful in California, even if they verbally gave consent.

HOW ARE SEX CRIMES PUNISHED IN CALIFORNIA?

In California, sex crimes are charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. That means a person could be looking at jail or prison time, as well as a fine. The exact punishments depend on the specifics of the case. For instance, a misdemeanor sexual assault charge can be penalized by up to 6 months in jail, whereas a felony results in up to 4 years in prison. A person found guilty of rape could be looking at up to 13 years behind bars.

Many sex crimes also result in a mandatory sex offender registration requirement. That means the individual would have to submit to a law enforcement agency their personal information, which may be accessible to the public. The length of time they must do this depends on the offense they were convicted of, but in the most severe cases, it could be a lifetime requirement.

COMMON LEGAL DEFENSES TO SEX CHARGES

A legal defense in the context of sex crimes refers to arguments or strategies presented by the accused (defendant) to counter the charges brought against them. These defenses aim to challenge the prosecution's case and create reasonable doubt regarding the defendant's guilt. 

Some common legal defenses may include:

  • Consent: If the sexual activity was consensual, it may be a defense against certain sex crimes. However, proving consent can be complex, and factors such as age, mental capacity, and intoxication may affect this defense.
  • Mistaken Identity: The defense may argue that the accused was misidentified or wrongly accused. This could involve presenting evidence that someone else committed the alleged crime.
  • False Accusations: The defense may assert that the accuser made false allegations, whether due to personal motives, revenge, or other reasons. Providing evidence to support this claim is crucial.
  • Lack of Evidence: If there is insufficient evidence to prove the elements of the alleged sex crime, the defense may argue that there is reasonable doubt about the defendant's guilt.
  • Statute of Limitations: In some cases, the defense may argue that the alleged crime occurred outside the statute of limitations, preventing prosecution.
  • Fourth Amendment Violations: If evidence was obtained unlawfully, such as through an illegal search or seizure, the defense may challenge the admissibility of that evidence in court.
  • Police Misconduct: Allegations of police misconduct, such as coercion or violation of Miranda rights, may be raised as a defense.

 

STEPS TO TAKE IF YOU ARE BEING ACCUSED OF A SEX CRIME

If you are being accused of a sex crime in California, it's essential to take the situation seriously and proceed carefully. Keep in mind that the following information is not legal advice, and consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney is crucial to address your specific case. Here are general steps you may consider taking:

  1. Consult with an Attorney: Seek legal advice from a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand your rights, provide guidance on how to handle the situation, and develop a defense strategy tailored to your case.
  2. Invoke Your Right to Remain Silent: You have the right to remain silent, and anything you say can be used against you in court. Exercise this right and avoid making statements to law enforcement without your attorney present.
  3. Do Not Consent to Searches Without a Warrant: You have the right to refuse searches without a warrant. If law enforcement wants to search your property, ask if they have a warrant. If they do not, you can refuse the search.
  4. Gather Information: Document any relevant information that may support your defense. This could include gathering potential witnesses, preserving any evidence, and noting details about the events surrounding the accusation.
  5. Preserve Communication Records: If there were any communications between you and the accuser, preserve records such as text messages, emails, or social media interactions. These may be relevant to your defense.
  6. Maintain Privacy: Avoid discussing the case or the accusation with anyone other than your attorney. This includes refraining from posting about it on social media, as such information can potentially be used against you.
  7. Attend Court Hearings: If charges are filed, attend all court hearings as required. Failing to appear can have negative consequences. Your attorney will guide you through the court process.
  8. Consider Bail: If you are arrested, your attorney can help you explore options for bail. Bail may be set at the initial appearance, and your attorney can advocate for a reasonable amount.
  9. Understand the Charges: Familiarize yourself with the specific charges against you. Different sex crimes carry different legal elements, and understanding the charges is essential for building a defense.
  10. Cooperate with Your Attorney: Work closely with your defense attorney, providing them with all relevant information. Be open and honest so that your attorney can best represent your interests.

Remember that each case is unique, and the appropriate steps may vary based on the circumstances. Legal defenses and strategies should be tailored to the specific details of your situation. Seeking professional legal advice early in the process is crucial to protecting your rights and building a strong defense.

GET THE LEGAL DEFENSE YOU NEED

When you are charged with a sex crime in Orange County, the state must prove your guilt. Although the prosecutor might have evidence against you, pleading guilty to the crime is not your only option. Reach out to Attorney Jacqueline Goodman to speak with her about your situation and begin developing a legal strategy to fight the accusations.

Schedule your free consultation today by calling (714) 266-3945 or filling out an online contact form. The firm’s team is available 24/7, so do not wait to get in touch.

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  • CA Criminal Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Past President of CA Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • National Co-Chair Sex Crimes Defense
  • National Chair of Decarceration

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