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Sex Crimes Attorney


Being accused of any crime is an unsettling experience, to say the least; but being charged with a sex crime in California has immediate impacts on your reputation and/or professional career like virtually no other class of crimes does. Even before the trial, and even if you are never convicted, unfortunately, the mere allegation of these types of offenses can negatively affect you for years to come.

But being convicted of a sex crime has far more severe consequences, potentially including long jail or prison terms, heavy fines, years of parole, and (sometimes) lifetime registration as a sex offender, which can make it difficult for you to find gainful employment, get an apartment lease, and lead a "normal" life.

At Sex Crimes Attorney, we understand what you're facing when a sex crime charge is filed against you, and we have deep experience in winning all manner of sex crime defense cases throughout all of California, in both state and federal courts.

Don't walk into your arraignment or go through the legal process without the best possible legal advice and representation at your disposal. Contact our criminal defense specialist anytime 24/7 by calling 888-666-8480 for a free, no obligation consultation and immediate attention to your case!


Why Choose Sex Crimes Attorney?

There's no denying that the legal world is overflowing with law firms ready to take on sex crime defense cases. But the sad fact is, many of those firms are mere "law mills," taking on far more clients than they can truly serve and then farming them off to less experienced attorneys for a fee.

Other firms avoid the law mill syndrome, but simply lack the depth and breadth of legal knowledge and experience to give their clients the best possible defense.

At Sex Crimes Attorney, we are dedicated to serving the best interests of each and every one of our clients. We are not a "law mill." We give you the personal attention you deserve and always match you with an attorney deeply experienced in the relevant practice area.

We are not a "cookie cutter" firm. We "custom build" each defense from the ground up. We carefully craft each defense strategy based on the specific details of each case, and we take the time to investigate, research, and gather exculpatory and mitigating evidence in your favor.

Sex Crimes Attorney is staffed by experienced criminal defense attorneys with deep knowledge of the laws and the legal processes involved across a wide range of sex crimes practice areas. We have literally decades of combined experience, and that makes a huge difference in the outcome of every single case we take on - and in the lives of every single client we serve.

Why Choose Sex Crimes Attorney Over the Competition?

We can summarize the answer as follows:

  • Legal expertise that are deeper and that extend across a wider range of practice areas.
  • Ability to effectively defend against both state and federal sex crimes charges.
  • A long track record of success in winning the best possible outcome for our clients, even in the most difficult cases.
  • We treat you with respect and dignity. We always maintain client confidentiality, and we always communicate with you in a timely manner to keep you fully informed on new developments in your case.
  • No hidden "surprise fees." We keep ourselves affordable and inform you of all fees upfront.
  • Available 24/7, 365 days a year, to take your call for help. We work tirelessly for our clients from day to day and we always stand ready to talk to potential new clients who are reaching out to us for help.

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Federal Sex Crimes

The great majority of the time, sex crime charges are filed only on the state level; but, when there's an alleged violation of federal law and the charge is of such a nature and severity that the federal government deems it "worth its time" to get involved, you can find yourself facing a federal sex crime charge.

And very often, the filing of federal charges does not preclude the additional filing of state sex crimes charges. That means you could have to fight the same allegations in both state and federal court and that both state and federal prison terms and other sentencing elements could apply in the case of a conviction.

To say the least, facing federal charges is intimidating and daunting to a defendant - but not to us. We at Sex Crimes Attorney understand the weightiness of federal sex offense charges, but we also know precisely how to navigate the law and the federal legal process. We have won in federal court against these sorts of charges for numerous past clients, and we can do the same for you!


In United States Code Title 18, you will find a list of federal sex crimes. Many of the crimes covered here only enter federal jurisdiction when crossing of state or international borders is involved, when the crime was allegedly committed in a federal territory, or when the incident took place inside the federal prison system.

You will also find that many sex crimes that become a federal concern have to do with the exploitation of children, child pornography, and use of the Internet or other mass media to conduct illegal sex-related activities (be it child sex trafficking, prostitution, or something else.)

Here are some specific examples of federal sex crimes that are typically charged and pursued by federal authorities:

  • Child sex trafficking (buying/selling of children.)
  • Transport of children over state or international borders with intention to involve them in sexual activities or any sex crime.
  • Transport of anyone over state/international boundaries to commit prostitution or another sex crime.
  • Using "interstate facilities" to transfer information with intent to entice a child under 16 to commit any kind of sex crime.
  • Production, distribution, or possession of child pornography, be it online depictions, videos, magazines, or in any other form.

The above is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all federal sex crimes, of course, but it is a "representative short list" that gives you an idea of the sort of charges federal prosecutors are interested in.

Conviction of a federal sex crime can lead to 10, 20, 30 years or life in federal prison, fines, sex registration requirements, and various other severe, long-lasting punishments. And federal prosecutors are both skilled and zealous at their task - you can't afford to enter federal court unprepared and un- or under- represented.

At Sex Crimes Attorney, we know how to prepare you for federal court. We know how to get federal charges dropped for lack of sufficient evidence, dismissed due to police improprieties or violations of your rights, or simply won outright in court by presenting evidence, arguments, and testimony in your favor.

We know how to fight federal charges tenaciously and win. Don't give up and assume you can't win just because you're facing a federal sex crimes charge!

State Sex Crimes

For the most part, the penal codes of all 50 US states agree on making the same basic acts illegal as sex crimes; but there is often great divergence as to how sex crimes are categorized and labeled, how severely they are punished, and how the courtroom procedures and dynamics work that can influence the outcome of your case.

At Sex Crimes Attorney, we have a strong presence nationwide. We have lawyers on staff who understand the way sex crimes charges are defined, punished, and successfully defended against in all 50 states.

No matter which state you are being charged in or which particular sex crime offense is being alleged against you, Sex Crimes Attorney has the expertise necessary to win your case!


 State level sex crimes run the full gamut of offenses, rather than being of a more selective, limited nature like federal sex crimes. Thus, state sex crimes can be felonies or misdemeanors, can result in community service or years in state prison, and may or may not require lifetime sex registration. 

But every sex crime creates a permanent criminal record upon conviction, and that alone can make it difficult to find gainful employment and lead a normal life. And many sex crimes do, in fact, require sex offender registration - not just the most violent or serious of them.

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Here is a list of some of the most common state sex crime charges we at Sex Crimes Attorney defend our clients against on a daily basis:

Many sex crimes require you to register with your state as a sex offender for many years or even for life. This is, in many ways, one of the biggest reasons that defeating sex crime charges is so important.

But if you fail to register as required, fail to update your address or other information with the registry in time, or in any other way violate your state's sex offender registration laws, you could be charged with a felony and potentially serve jail time for failing to properly register and keep registered.

We at Sex Crimes Attorney understand the details of the various state sex offender registry laws, and we can help you to avoid a violation if you're unsure of what is required of you - especially if you've just moved to a new state. But we can also help get a failure to register charge against you dropped. We know how the process works in these types of cases, and we have helped numerous others avoid having a felony added to their record over a registration misunderstanding or mistake.

In all but a very few US states, incest is still a crime. Many states define "incest" as strictly sexual relations between two very closely related people, such as parent and child, sibling and sibling, or an aunt/uncle and his/her nice or nephew. First cousin relationships, however, are not considered incestuous except in a few places, like North Dakota, for example.

Some states also include in the legal definition of "incest" when close relatives (illegally) get married to each other or live together in a romantic way ("shack up.")

In a couple states, however, incest between consenting adults is legal or at least carries no penalty - even if incestuous marriages in those states (Rhode Island and New Jersey) are still not recognized.

If incest involves an adult and a child, then statutory rape and possibly child sexual abuse charges can be filed on top of the incest charge. The cumulative sentence could be daunting.

Anyone facing an incest allegation should take it very seriously, both because of the legal and "life" ramifications of a possible conviction. At Sex Crimes Attorney, we have the expertise necessary to help your defend yourself against an incest charge.

One lower level sex crime charge, typically a misdemeanor, is "indecent exposure." This can mean different things in different states, but it often means going nude in public or having sex in public.

"Lewd and lascivious acts" or a similar term is sometimes used to describe a sex crime where indecent exposure went a step or two further. Say, if a person grabbed his/her genitals on a public street, that could count as lewd/lascivious acts.

At Sex Crimes Attorney, we can help you defeat these misdemeanor level sex crime charges to keep your record clean and to keep you out of jail. It is often possible to get such charges reduced in a plea deal if you can't get them dismissed or acquitted.

In today's highly connected world, many sex crimes take place over the Internet. Some states have special laws handling online sex crimes, including distribution of child pornography, running of prostitution rings, and more.

Oral sex by force is also rape, but it is usually defined as a separate crime legally, the term "oral copulation by force" or a similar phrase being used to describe it.

One can potentially be charged with both rape and oral copulation by force if both sexual intercourse and oral sex were committed by force or fear on a victim.

While prostitution may be legal in Canada and in a few isolated areas of Nevada under strict state/county control and licensing, it is 100% against the law in almost every part of the United States under any and all circumstances.

Agreeing to give or receive money, services, or anything of value in exchange for sex, or offering to do so, is illegal. Punishments for soliciting a prostitute are often as severe or more severe than those for engaging in prostitution. Pimping or running prostitution rings, however, are the most harshly punished prostitution related crimes.

Police often pose as either prostitutes or as "johns" seeking to contact one in order to catch people in the act of prostitution/solicitation. And they sometimes make raids on suspected houses of prostitution. But it's easy for police to go too far and commit "entrapment" or for innocent people to be arrested because they were "in the wrong place at the wrong time."

At Sex Crimes Attorney, we are highly experienced at defending our clients against all manner of prostitution related charges, and we often win dismissals, acquittals, and reduced charges and sentences.

Any unwanted sexual intercourse that is forced upon a victim through threats or through physical coercion, qualifies as rape. Although rape most commonly has a woman victim and a male perpetrator, the crime of rape does not specify the gender or sexual orientation of those involved.

And two or more accomplices working together to commit a rape are both fully guilty of the crime.

Also, if a sexual encounter began consensually but at some point one of the partners changed his/her mind and communicated that fact in a way a "reasonable person" would understand, then it becomes rape if one sexual partner forcibly continues the intercourse.

Any sex that lacks the element of consent is defined as rape. And if someone is mentally handicapped or otherwise unable to give proper legal consent, then that counts as lack of consent. If someone gets another person drunk or drugs him/her in order to take advantage later and have sex with that person, it could constitute a lack of consent.

Rape charges can be felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the nature of the act involved and the defendant's past criminal record. Even with an egregious offense like rape, there are various degrees of severity of the crime and corresponding degrees of severity of the punishments.

Sodomy had long been a sex crime in the United States, but since the US Supreme Court overturned these laws as far as they outlaw homosexual sex acts, they are in effect unenforceable even if still on the books in some states.

But in fact, sodomy laws had seldom been enforced against two people engaging in consensual homosexual sex and nothing more - for decades. But, many of the state "sodomy" laws also ban oral sex, anal sex, bestiality, and anything else considered unnatural and immoral sexual activities. And some of these other aspects of sodomy laws could still be charged against someone in rare cases.

Many of the most harshly punished of all sex crimes are those committed against children. Child sexual molestation, continuous sexual abuse of a child over a period of time, sexual exploitation of a minor, and other serious such crimes are charged much more frequently than one might suppose.

If a child is under 14, or other state-set age thresholds, penalties for sex abuse increase. If the adult abused a position or trust or authority in order to take advantage of the child, again, sentences get harsher.

Many people are falsely accused of child sex abuse every year, and the way state reporting laws are, it actually can encourage false or uncertain allegations to be pursued. No matter how offensive the crime, a mere accusation does not equal guilt. At Sex Crimes Attorney, we know how to protect your rights and defend you against sex crime charges involving child sex abuse of some kind.

Although it varies by state, "assault" is normally defined as the unlawful, intentional attempt to inflict bodily harm on another person, while "battery" occurs when that attempt is carried out - at least to the point that physical contact (however slight) is made between the perpetrator and the victim.

When an act of assault and/or battery is done for a sexual motive or results in sexual touching of any kind, it is sexual assault or sexual battery.

If a person physically restrains another person so as to engage in sexual touching with him/her against his/her will, that is also sexual assault and battery.

In some states, the terms "sexual assault" or "sexual battery" are basically used interchangeably with "rape," but in many states, there is a distinction among these crimes.

Marriage is not a defense against the charge of rape, but in many states, spousal rape is listed as a distinct crime. It may also be punished somewhat differently, and the way evidence is assessed in court might also differ with a spousal rape case.

There was a time when spousal rape was not normally prosecuted and wasn't even always considered "rape" in all jurisdictions (even if accompanying criminal threats, assault, and battery that took place in the incident were prosecuted). But that day is past.

Even if two people are married, sexual intercourse cannot be legally forced against the will of either party.

When the victim of a rape is a minor (under the age of 18), it is a kind of rape crime when someone has sex with him or her, even if the sex is "consensual."

Minors are not considered to be "legally capable" of giving consent to sexual acts. Therefore, any sex with a person under 18 is automatically counted as rape.

Even if both parties to the sexual intercourse were minors at the time, one of them (normally the older one) can still be charged with statutory rape for consensual sex. And if a boyfriend is 18 while his girlfriend is 17 and they have sex, that too can be counted as statutory rape.

However, the more severe penalties for statutory rape are reserved for situations where the adult is significantly older than the child (say, 5 years older, though the number used can vary from state to state) OR where the defendant has prior sex crimes on his criminal record OR where aggravating factors like the child being under the age of 14 or bodily injury being inflicted or a firearm or other deadly weapon being used apply.

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