San Francisco Sex Crime Lawyer
Have you been arrested for a sex offense?
When a person commits a sex crime in the state of California, he or she can expect to face harsh penalties including extensive time in jail or prison, fines, probation, and the mandatory registration as a sex offender, if they are convicted. Even the accusation of committing a sex crime can ruin a person's reputation, their family and their future. This is why it is vital, if you are being investigated, or have been charged with a sex crime, no matter what evidence has been presented against you, that you contact a knowledgeable attorney from Okabe & Haushalter immediately.
Having to register as a sex offender is no small matter. The California Department of Justice is responsible for maintaining the registered sex offender database, and as per Megan's Law, they provide the public with access to detailed information on registered sex offenders, via the internet. While Megan's law is not intended to punish those convicted of sex crimes, once you are convicted of a sex crime, your contact information and the details of your crime will be made public and your whereabouts will be tracked for the rest of your life.
Our firm understands what is at risk when you are facing a sex crime conviction, and our attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights and looking out for your best interests. Our managing attorney, Ryan King is a former Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, so he has a unique insight into how the prosecution will prepare and present their case against you. Additionally, he has served as lead trial counsel in a number of serious, and extremely challenging cases including murder/homicide, gang shootings and sex crimes.
The sooner you act to secure legal representation from a San Francisco sex crimes attorney at our firm, the better chance our attorneys will have to thoroughly review your case, analyze all evidence, challenge witness statements, collect additional information, advise you of your legal options, and build you the aggressive defense you need during this difficult time.
Internet chat rooms are used by people of all ages looking to have enjoyable, social interactions with others. Children commonly use chat rooms to chat with friends, make new friends and socialize. Chat rooms have also been broadly publicized as placed where sexual predators lure unsuspecting victims. If you have been accused of using a chat room with the intent to commit a sexual crime you need an experienced attorney on your side.
Those alleged of date rape face a serious sex crime allegation. This offense involves drugging or intoxicated someone for the purpose of committing sexual assault. Since the victim is inebriated, they cannot give their consent. This is why the crime is considered rape.
Indecent exposure is considered to be a somewhat minor sex crime, however make no mistake, it carries harsh penalties upon conviction. If you have been accused of indecent exposure, we advise you consult with a knowledgeable attorney from our firm, so we can work to protect your rights and potentially help you avoid conviction.
When a person commits an illegal act of touching themselves or another in a sexual manner, with the intention of offending or creating sexual stimulation, this is considered lewd conduct. Lewd conduct with a minor is an automatic felony offense. As lewd conduct can be difficult to prove, it is extremely important to seek representation from an experienced sex crimes attorney, so your rights can be protected.
The exchange of money for sex, or sexual activities, is illegal in the state of California. When an individual agrees to have sex for money, whether or not money was exchanged, they could still be charged with prostitution. If you, or a loved one, has been charged with prostitution you need a knowledgeable sex crimes attorney who will help you protect your rights.
Removal from Megan's Law
The state of California has instituted something called "Megan's Law." It requires information on convicted sex offenders to be made readily available online. This information would include the offender's picture, name, address, description of their crimes and physical description. In some cases, offenders could get their name removed.
Removal from Sex Registration Requirement
All convicted sex offenders are required to register on the sex offender registry for a predetermined amount of time. Registration requirements are longer for those convicted of more serious offenses. In some cases, individuals may petition to be removed from sex offender registration.
California law is very strict when it comes to sexual assault/rape cases. Any time unwanted sexual contact is forced upon a person, it is considered to be sexual assault. A victim does not actually need to say "no" in order for consent to be denied. Thus any sexual act or intercourse which follows can be construed as rape. An experienced sex crimes attorney from our firm is essential to helping you build an effective defense against such charges.
This sex offense is also called "sex with a minor" and like it sounds, is the crime of having sexual relations with someone under the age of consent (age 18). Even if the under-aged individual gives their consent, they are still under the legal age of consent, meaning they can be considered the victim of rape. Penalties will differ depending on the age of both the perpetrator and the victim.
Qualified Legal Counsel: Okabe & Haushalter
At the criminal defense law firm of Okabe & Haushalter, our attorneys do not shy away from sex crime cases. In fact, due to our experience, we prefer to attack such cases head on, because we understand what is at stake when our clients are facing sex crime convictions. We have a record of success on sex crime cases, including one case where a client was being investigated by the FBI. Our client pled to a misdemeanor charge and received no jail time, nor was he required to register as a sex offender.
Of course we cannot guarantee the outcome of any particular case, however, our attorneys are committed to providing the kind of strategic, yet aggressive approach which we know to be effective in sensitive cases involving sex crimes. We believe every defendant deserves high-quality legal representation and a dedicated counsel. We also know how quickly false allegations can spread, which is why we work tirelessly to utilize all of our knowledge and resources on behalf of our clients.
We are co-authors for one of the leading technical references on California criminal law, the California Looseleaf Search and Seizure Handbook. We are also nationally recognized and respected legal analysts for CNN, Headline news, ABC, NBC, and other local stations. One of our founding partners was a legal commentator for CNN during the controversial Casey Anthony trial, and we have personally been involved in a number of highly-publicized cases including the Michael Jackson case, the OJ Simpson case, the Jesse James case and others.
If you have been accused of, or charged with, committing a sex crime, you need an attorney who you can count on to provide you with the aggressive defense you deserve. Contact a San Francisco sex crimes attorney from the legal team at our San Francisco office today.