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Category: Sex Crimes

Is It Possible to Win or Defend a Sexual Battery Case?

Sexual battery is a widespread charge as sex crimes go.  You’re looking at a severe charge if you touch a woman inappropriately in a private place. California Penal Code 243.4 PC is the statute that defines sexual battery, also called sexual assault, which is described as touching someone’s intimate body part against their will, and with the intent to achieve sexual arousal, gratification, or inflict sexual abuse. Sexual assault is a separate crime from Penal Code 261 PC rape as it doesn’t require an act of sexual penetration. Penal Code 243.4(a) PC sexual battery is defined as “anybody that touches… Read More

What Are the Best Legal Defenses for Indecent Exposure?

California Penal Code 314 PC indecent exposure is a very serious crime because if you get convicted of it, you now have on your record a sex-related offense that can be carried around with you.  When people run your history, seeing that you have been convicted of indecent exposure, that puts you in a terrible position. Indecent exposure is one of the minor sex crimes as it’s a misdemeanor for the first offense, but the collateral consequences can impact you for many years to come. Penal Code 647(a) PC lewd conduct in public and Penal Code 415 PC disturbing the… Read More

How to Keep Your Record Clean If Charged with Prostitution?

We are often asked about keeping someone’s criminal record clean after they were charged with California Penal Code 647(b) solicitation. I’ve been handling these solicitation cases for nearly 30 years in the San Fernando Valley, with arrests made on Sepulveda and in downtown Los Angeles based on activity on Figueroa Street and surrounding counties. So, I know a lot about defending the solicitation of prostitution cases.  Having a record of that isn’t very good.  You got to get a job, and they look you up and see you’ve been convicted of soliciting prostitution.  That isn’t very comfortable. Penal Code 647(b)… Read More

What Are Trafficking, Pandering, and Prostitution Offenses?

These offenses all kind of fit into the same category.  It usually involves, especially when it gets serious, someone who is being accused of being a pimp. They’re doing a lot of time trafficking underage girls – even girls over 18. But the bottom line is, when you get in the business of pimping out underaged girls, you’re looking at a lot of time in prison, and that’s why I decided, since I’ve defended a lot of these cases over the years, to give you some ideas of how you might be able to defend some of these cases successfully.… Read More

How Are Sex Crimes Handled in the San Fernando Courthouse?

If you’re being charged with a sex crime in the San Fernando courthouse and you have an appearance date – if it’s a felony, you’ll start in Dept. S, which is on the first floor, first courtroom on the left as you go through the metal detectors. You will typically enter a not-guilty plea at your first court appearance and put the case in one of the preliminary hearing courts.  As far as how they’re handled in that courthouse, they have a special unit of prosecutors that all they do is take sex crimes and domestic violence-related offenses.  They call it… Read More

Can You Avoid an Arrest If Under a Sex Crime Investigation?

I have a lot of clients that come to me prefiling before they’ve been arrested.  They know the police are investigating them for various reasons.  Maybe the accuser told them. Perhaps the police came and told them. Perhaps they got a letter. Whatever the case may be, it is possible to convince the police not to arrest you and pursue a sex crime case against you.  But of course, when it comes to criminal defense, and particularly sex crimes, it is complicated because, technically, prosecutors are the ones who file criminal charges.  The police can arrest somebody. They can either make… Read More

Why is Sex Trafficking a Minor Prosecuted So Aggressively?

Since they started, I’ve handled these California Penal Code 236.1 PC sex trafficking cases. One of the biggest reasons they’re being prosecuted at such a vast rate is because (1) there are so many of these crimes going on and (2) because of the internet and social media. Prosecutors, police, and judges all realized that with all of these social media connections that people are getting involved with – these apps and the advent of the internet thousands of sex trafficking cases are being prosecuted every month. So, if you or a loved one is charged with sex trafficking, you… Read More

Drug or Alcohol Use and California Sex Crimes

Many sex crimes are premised on some intoxication charge related to drugs or alcohol.  Someone meets another person, they both drink alcohol, they use drugs, and the woman ends up having sex with the man. They wake up the following day, and all of a sudden, the man is being charged with a sex crime, such as California Penal Code 261 PC rape, because the woman indicates they would never have sex under those circumstances. For example, they just met the person, and they must have either drunk too much or were drugged somehow, and now the man is getting… Read More

What Are the Characteristics of the Best Sex Crime Attorney?

When you’re charged with a California sex crime and dealing with how you’re going to handle the situation, it’s terrifying, and you’re going to want to find someone you consider one of the best sex crime defense attorneys.  That’s why I’m posting this article because if you don’t have the best, you’re not going to end up with the best result. One of the biggest things that I believe — having done this for 30 years — is an essential factor in assessing the best is experience.  Meaning, how long has the person been practicing, but also, it runs much… Read More

What Happens at a Consultation with a Sex Crime Attorney?

When I meet with clients who are charged or have been arrested for a sex crime, we sit down in my office, and we pretty much go over what happened related to their arrest and what type of evidence the police might have been able to gather related to the offense. We will also discuss why they got arrested and some of the solutions we can come up with to deal with the problem.  The great thing about it is it’s all confidential.  I always tell people, let’s talk about it honestly.  Please give me all the information.  Don’t hold anything… Read More

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