Sex Crime Defense Lawyers in Los Angeles
Everyone deserves to be treated fairly under the law. This applies to people accused of sexual assault and other related offenses as well. Yet, in the current climate, people are quick to believe an accusation before a thorough investigation can be made. You can be tried and found guilty in the realm of public opinion before a trial has even begun.
At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, we believe it is the responsibility of the government to prove a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. We work diligently to make sure our clients are fairly represented. If you have been accused of a sex-related crime, contact us today at (213) 688-0460 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
In California, the term "sex crime" is a broad description that includes a range of offenses. Crimes such as rape, sexual assault, and prostitution are all examples of sex crimes. The following is a list of offenses that can fall under the umbrella of sex crimes:
- Sexual abuse of a minor
- Lewd acts with a minor
- Lewd conduct
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Indecent exposure
- Oral copulation by force
- Possession of child pornography
- Distribution of child pornography
- Soliciting a prostitute
- Human trafficking
- Sexual battery
- Statutory rape (sexual intercourse with a minor)
While most of the above charges would be prosecuted in local or state courts, certain sex crimes come under the jurisdiction of the federal government. Child pornography is handled by the federal authorities, and most sex crimes involving children are federal offenses. Violent sex crimes, including rape, will often include federal charges such as kidnapping. Finally, if the crimes were committed across state lines, the federal courts will likely be involved.
Federal cases are more complicated and costlier to try in court. The first task we will attempt is ensuring that your case stays at the state level.
Sex offender registries are an overlapping network of federal and state systems that gather information on convicted sex offenders on behalf of law enforcement and the public. As of 2015, there were 843,260 registered sex offenders in the United States.
People who have been convicted of a sex crime will typically have to register as sex offenders, which will require them to supply their personal information, including a photograph, fingerprints, address, and place of employment. This information will be publicly available, and inclusion on the registry can have a negative impact on a person’s ability to find employment.
In many jurisdictions, registrants are subject to restrictions that bar them from certain zones, such as near schools and parks. This means they are forbidden to live, work, or even enter particular areas of a city.
Being charged with a sex crime also carries a stigma that will adversely affect your personal and professional reputation and may linger long after you have served time.
While we can work with you to secure a certificate of rehabilitation, which will allow you to end your obligation to register as a sex offender, the best way to avoid the registry is to avoid being convicted of a crime in the first place. Our goal is to get your charges reduced, or to avoid charges altogether. But if need be, we will see your case all the way through to appeal.
If you or a loved one is facing sex crime charges in the Los Angeles area, contact us immediately. The sooner Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP can review your case, the more quickly we can build an effective and thorough defense. Call us today at (213) 688-0460 to schedule a free consultation.
Recent Case Results
- Complete Dismissal of Molestation Charges
Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29 year old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.
- Decision Set Aside
Client, a college student in a faulty Title IX case, was awarded $130,000 in attorney fees.
- Probation with No Jail Time for Drug Money Laundering Charge
Wilmington man accused in New York federal court of laundering drug money through the sale of laptop computers. Mark was able to get the case transferred to federal court in Los Angeles, where he convinced the United States Attorney to reduce the charges. His client was sentenced to probation with no jail time on a misdemeanor conviction.