Fresno Sex Crime Lawyers
30+ Years of Combined Legal Experience in Visalia, CA
Facing sex crime allegations can be frightening, stressful, and emotionally-overwhelming, especially after the start of the #MeToo movement. You could already be viewed as guilty by the public and the media, even before you are formally charged. Although hiring a criminal defense lawyer to handle your case may seem like a sign of guilt to others, but doing so ensure your rights and freedom are protected when facing false accusations.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a sex crime in Visalia or Fresno, our legal team at the Sawl Law Group is dedicated to helping you obtain the most favorable outcome in your case. We can conduct a thorough investigation, collect evidence, and build an aggressive and effective defense strategy to either reduce the charges/penalties against you, obtain a not-guilt verdict, or get your entire case dismissed.
Sex Crimes in California
California law is very severe when it comes to punishment for sex crimes.
California Penal Code § 261-294 list each of the following, among others, as a sex crime:
- Statutory rape
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual assault
- Unlawful sexual intercourse
- Carnal abuse of children
- Indecent exposure
Consequences of Sex Crimes
Penalties for such crimes vary and can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. For example, indecent exposure (Pen. Code § 314) is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months of imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000 (Pen. Code Section 19). Rape of a child, on the other hand, is a felony punishable by 15 years to life (Pen. Code § 269(b)).
Sex Offender Registry
After being charged with a sex crime, you could be faced with years or even decades in prison and have to register as a sex offender for life. The sex offender registry is online database that has your name, age, distinguishing characteristics and details about the crime that you were convicted of. You’ll be restricted regarding where you can live and work, and employers will be hesitant to hire you. A false conviction could turn your life upside down.
Let the Sawl Law Group Fight For You Today
The sooner you hire a lawyer from the Sawl Law Group, the more time we can dedicate to building your case. Our legal team has aggressively defended those who have been falsely accused of sex crimes. With more than 100 trial cases behind us, we have the knowledge and resources to provide the strongest possible defense on your behalf. An attorney from our firm could review your case for free and provide you with comprehensive options.