Being charged with a sex crime can have devastating effects on both you and your family. Not only do you face severe penalties if convicted, but a mere allegation can have long-lasting effects on your personal and professional reputation. If you face charges involving alleged sexual wrongdoing, it is imperative to immediately contact a skilled Anaheim sex crime lawyer.

Our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Scott D. Henry has a proven track record of success defending clients who faced sex crime allegations. We could utilize our skilled investigators to obtain evidence supporting your defense. Using that evidence, we could aggressively negotiate on your behalf. Our firm is dedicated to fighting for those facing criminal charges. We work diligently to ensure your rights are protected and fight tirelessly to get you the best possible outcome. 

What is Considered a Sex Crime in Anaheim?

“Sex crime” is a broad term that refers to any offense that involves an unlawful sexual act. These offenses can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the alleged crime’s nature and severity. Common misdemeanor sex crimes include:

  • Lewd acts in public
  • Indecent exposure
  • Annoying or molesting a minor
  • Oral copulation with a minor
  • Soliciting a minor
  • Prostitution
  • Solicitation

Common felony sex crimes include:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12
  • Rape
  • Forcible sodomy
  • Voyeurism

Allegations of a sex crime are taken very seriously by law enforcement, and district attorneys aggressively prosecute cases involving any sexual wrongdoing. Convictions carry harsh penalties that can be life-changing. Therefore, if you have been accused of committing a sex crime, you should speak with an Anaheim lawyer.

Penalties for Illegal Sexual Acts

Our society views sex crimes as some of the most severe and harmful offenses an individual can commit. That is why the penalties are harsh for those convicted. Penalties vary considerably and depend upon the nature and severity of the alleged offense. Some common penalties for a sex crime conviction include:

  • Fines
  • Restitution
  • Mandatory counseling
  • Parole
  • Probation
  • A permanent criminal record
  • Jail or prison time

Perhaps one of the most severe punishments for a conviction is mandatory reporting as a sex offender. The sex offender registry is viewable by the public and can have devastating effects on an individual’s reputation and ability to find housing or employment.

Potential Sex Crime Defenses

Being charged with a sex crime is a frightening situation because there is so much at stake. However, there are several defenses our experienced sex crime attorneys in Anaheim could pursue. Some compelling arguments may include:

  • Consent – The alleged victim may have consented to the alleged incident
  • Motivation – The alleged victim may have made a false accusation out of jealousy, anger, or revenge
  • Mistaken identity – You may have been mistakenly identified as the alleged perpetrator
  • Lack of Evidence – It may be a case of “he said, she said” with insufficient evidence to support a conviction
  • Insanity – Insanity defenses are challenging to prove but can result in a lesser sentence.

Every case is different and requires a unique defense strategy. One of our skilled attorneys could determine an effective defense strategy based on your case’s specifics.

Investigations for Crimes Involving Unlawful Sexual Acts

Investigations for unlawful sexual behavior can more challenging than other criminal investigations. The alleged act is a sensitive matter for everyone involved, so having a defense attorney who is respectful and patient is essential. There are also two considerably different versions of what took place, so the circumstances need to be diligently investigated and analyzed.

Scott D. Henry and his local attorneys have years of experience handling cases involving alleged sex crimes, so he understands what is required to investigate the allegations thoroughly and appropriately. He has assembled a team of highly-respected, skilled investigators who could leave no stone unturned to obtain evidence supporting your defense. Mr. Henry and his team could provide supporting evidence to the District Attorney and aggressively negotiate on your behalf to receive a favorable outcome.

Speak with a Leading Anaheim Sex Crime Attorney Today

If you are facing these charges, you may be in a dire situation. A mere allegation of sexual wrongdoing has long-lasting consequences, and convictions carry severe penalties that can completely permanently change your life. It is essential to be proactive and speak with a leading Anaheim sex crime lawyer right away.

Our seasoned legal team at the Law Office of Scott D. Henry has over 40 years of combined experience and a proven track record of success. We have earned a reputation with law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges for our ethical and diligent approach to defending our clients. Our team has dedicated our careers to helping those facing criminal charges and could guide you through the process while aggressively ensuring your rights, reputation, and freedom are being protected. We understand that there are two sides to every allegation and could ensure your side is heard. Please contact us today for a free consultation. We could discuss your case’s specifics, advise you of your rights and legal options, and determine what steps you should take moving forward.

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