Sex crime allegations have severe and immediate consequences. Your reputation can be permanently tarnished, and personal and professional relationships can be negatively impacted. The stakes are too high to leave the outcome to fate. If you have been accused of sexual misconduct, it is essential to consult with a leading Laguna Beach sex crimes lawyer.

Our seasoned attorneys at The Law Office of Scott D. Henry have over 40 years of experience defending those accused of sexual wrongdoing. We know all too well that many cases stem from false accusations, mistaken identity, and innocent misunderstandings. We could discreetly investigate the circumstances of your case to find evidence that supports your version of events. After gathering evidence and building an appropriate defense strategy, we could negotiate skillfully to have your charges reduced or dismissed entirely. Having our capable, diligent attorneys on your side could get you the best possible outcome so that you can restore your reputation and move on with your life.

What are Sex Crimes?

A sex crime is a blanket term for any offense that is sexual in nature. Crimes of sexual wrongdoing come in many forms, including:

  • Indecent exposure
  • Statutory rape
  • Date rape
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual battery
  • Prostitution
  • Lewd conduct
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Failure to register as a sex offender
  • Oral copulation by force or fear

A skilled lawyer in Laguna Beach could help someone facing sex crime charges build their case based on the exact offense they have been accused of.

Date Rape

Rape is referred to as “date rape” when it involves using alcohol or a controlled substance such as GHB to lower the alleged victim’s ability to consent. It can occur between two individuals who are dating, friends, acquaintances, or are voluntarily spending time together. It is often felt to be more casual because it does not involve fear or force. However, date rape is just as serious and has severe long-term effects on its victims.

What are the Penalties for a Sex Crime Conviction?

Due to the serious nature of crimes involving sexual wrongdoing, courts punish these crimes severely. Penalties for a conviction include jail time, substantial fines, a restraining order, mandatory counseling, mandatory reporting as a sex offender, and community service. Depending on the severity of the crime, offenders may have to report as a sex offender for ten years, 20 years, or for the rest of their life.

Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

If you were convicted of a sex crime, you likely received an ongoing requirement to register as a sex offender. An individual must register every year within five days of their birth date, and every time they change residences. Failure to do so is unlawful, as stated in California Penal Code 290 PC. To be convicted of this crime, prosecutors must prove you failed to register willfully. One of our capable defense attorneys in Laguna Beach could argue a lack of intent, among several other effective defenses, to have your charge dismissed following a sex crime conviction.

Defenses for Sexual Wrongdoing

The consequences of a sex crime can be harsh and life-long. That is why it is vital to seek legal representation from a highly-regarded defense attorney as soon as possible. One of our leading attorneys in Laguna Beach could examine the facts of your sex crime case to build a proactive, persuasive defense. Viable defenses for charges of sexual wrongdoing include:

  • No sexual contact took place
  • The sexual act in question was consensual
  • Insufficient evidence to convict
  • You had an honest and reasonable belief the accuser consented
  • You were mistakenly identified as the perpetrator
  • You were falsely accused

The circumstances of every case are different. A thorough investigation and analysis are needed to determine the most appropriate defense strategy specific to your case.

Speak with a Top Laguna Beach Sex Crime Attorney

Facing charges involving sexual wrongdoing is an extremely serious matter. It is essential to be proactive to prevent or minimize the consequences related to these charges. You need the skills and experience of a leading Laguna Beach sex crime lawyer.

Contact our office today if you have been charged with this type of crime. Our years of experience handling these charges allows us to precisely determine the best course of action to get you the result you need. We could thoroughly perform an investigation and analysis of the alleged incident, form a persuasive and solid defense, and advocate skillfully on your behalf. Our top priority is to do everything in our power to do what is in your best interest. We are dedicated to providing support and guidance through the entire process while fighting tirelessly to obtain a positive outcome.

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