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Sexual assault is a serious offense, a conviction for which includes incarceration and fines. Not only that, but a person found guilty of this crime may be required to register as a sex offender. If you've been accused of sexual assault, having a skilled attorney on your side can have a substantial impact on the outcome of your case.
When you need serious and dedicated criminal defense for a sexual assault charge, turn to The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman. Attorney Jacqueline Goodman has extensive experience providing defense to individuals facing misdemeanor and felony charges and has obtained favorable outcomes for past clients. When she takes on a case, she thoroughly examines the facts to identify weaknesses in the prosecution's accusations. Attorney Goodman will deliver personalized and results-oriented defense to fight your charges.
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California's law on sexual assault (also referred to as sexual battery) is different from statutes concerning rape in that it does not involve sexual intercourse. Rather, a person commits the offense of sexual assault when they touch, or make physical contact with, the intimate parts of another person.
According to California Penal Code 243.4 PC, intimate parts include:
California's law concerning sexual assault criminalizes various types of conduct.
It is illegal for a person to touch the intimate parts of another when they are:
Furthermore, a person could be accused of committing sexual assault if they make someone masturbate or touch the intimate parts of someone else.
For an offense to be illegal under the law, the alleged victim must not have consented to the touching, and the contact must have been done for the purposes of sexual gratification, sexual arousal, or sexual abuse.
In California, sexual assault is a wobbler offense, which means it can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.
A person convicted of this offense could be punished as follows:
If you've been charged with sexual assault, you may have many questions about what to expect during the process. Attorney Jacqueline Goodman will speak with you, one-on-one, to provide detailed answers and help you understand what defenses can be mounted on your behalf.
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