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Sex With a Minor Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Sex With a Minor Attorney

If you or someone you know is being charged with having sex with a minor under California Penal Code Section 261.5, our sex crime defense attorneys are here to hear your side of the story and defendSex With a Minor Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles you to the best of our ability.

Our sex crime lawyers have 75 years of combined experience and we have handled thousands of sex crime cases including having sex with a minor. The penalties depend on a number of factors such as age of the offender and age of the victim.

Having sex with a minor, frequently referred to as statutory rape, can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Criminal penalties for misdemeanor statutory rape include probation, up to a year in jail, and $1,000 in fines. A felony conviction can result in probation, up to 4 years in state prison, and $10,000 in fines.

A common related crime is arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes under California Penal Code 288.4 PC.

Unlawful Sexual Contact With Anyone Under 18 Years Old

More and more I see questions coming up asking about sex with a minor cases.  Surprisingly, a lot of people don’t realize the ramifications that can occur if you engage in some sort of sexual contact with somebody under the age of eighteen — and that is the age of consent in California.

That would also make it the age of consent in Los Angeles.  So, when I see these questions, such as, I have a boyfriend or a girlfriend.  I’m in my 20’s and the other party is underage, is it okay to have a boyfriend and girlfriend?

Obviously, it’s not illegal to date somebody, but as soon as some sort of sexual contact is involved, now you’ve put yourself in a position where you can be prosecuted.  Maybe the other party is a consenting party but their parents or a family member finds out or a stranger sees you and you end up getting arrested and prosecuted.

Now, your facing sex registration.  They’re going to issue a protective order so you have to stay away from that other person.  You’re facing jail or prison time.  There’s all sorts of ramifications.  Sex with a minor is probably one of the worst charges you can be hit with for a variety of reasons.

Mainly though, because it’s so stigmatized in society and the legislature has really stepped up and enacted some severe penalties for any type of sexual contact with a minor.

They start to consider the age of the minor, what the acts are, what the circumstances are, how many times it happened — there’s a whole bunch of different factors and different allegations that the prosecutors can use to prosecute a sex crime case in Los Angeles.

Don’t Make Any Statements – Remain Silent

So, if you have one of these cases you shouldn’t talk to anybody about it.  A lot of time they’re doing what’s called pre-text phone calls where they have the alleged victim or their family or somebody connected with them, call you and start asking you questions about it and on the other end of the line is the police, tape recording it and getting your answers documented so they can use that later to prosecute you.

DNA Evidence in sex crime cases is an effective tool for law enforcement and prosecutors to show a defendant committed a crime.

They also come and arrest you and then they start asking you questions about it.  They put you in a room and they start threatening you.  They want you to say something that’s going to incriminate yourself so you are unable to defend yourself because in a sex crime case, anybody admitting — especially a sex with a minor case — that they actually had sexual contact with a minor — that’s going to be the most powerful evidence that the prosecutors are going to have to prove the case because a potential jury is going to say, wait a minute, this person admitted that they did it; and number two, I don’t care what excuse they come up with for admitting it.

Nobody admits they had sex with a minor if they didn’t.  That’s what you’ll be up against if you start talking and answering questions.  Even if you are going to deny that you did anything, the police can mischaracterize what you said.

It can be taken out of context or they can get some other information that you answer a question one way and they’ve got information that shows you’re not telling the truth.  That then begins to attack and erode your credibility as a potential witness as a defendant in the future.

Speak With Lawyer To Develop a Defense Strategy

What I have you do if you’re charged with a sex with a minor case in Los Angeles is, we sit down in the privacy of my office and we talk about what the best strategy is going to be.  That strategy is going to tailored for you and your set of circumstances.  It’s not a one-strategy, fits-all situation.

It has to be a strategy that makes sense based on the evidence that the prosecutors have against you and obviously based on your side of the story — what your background is, whether you have a criminal record, who this other party is that is making these allegations against you, whether they have an axe to grind against you, whether you’re in the midst of a divorce.

There’s a whole bunch of different things that could be going on when it comes to these sex with a minor cases and if you don’t get that across to your attorney and come up with a game plan, then you’re going to be in a very difficult position. My job is to get you out of the criminal justice system as fast as possible.

Our goal as your attorney is to either have your charges reduced to the minimum or have them dismissed completely. We understand how devastating it can be to face sex crime charges, especially when involving minors. We are here to help you, defend you, and fight for your legal rights.

With the use of our legal strategies, knowledge, experience, and skill we can aggressively and confidently represent you. Call our sex with a minor defense attorneys and set up a free case evaluation.

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