What is a Sex Crime?
Sex crimes include a broad range of unlawful sexual acts and conduct. If someone accuses you of a sex crime, the outcome of your criminal case can determine your future. A sex crime conviction can cost your freedom, livelihood, and even close relationships. Plus, you’ll face the embarrassment of having your picture, name, and address posted online along with information about your crime. Unfortunately, numerous people have been wrongly convicted of sex crimes they didn’t commit. This is one of the many reasons to contact our experienced sex crime defense attorneys in West Covina as soon as possible. Call Wallin & Klarich today, toll-free at (877) 466-5245 to speak to an experienced West Covina sex crime attorney.
Sex Crime Charges in West Covina
For more than 40 years, we’ve helped thousands of clients accused of sex crimes in Los Angeles County. Wallin & Klarich specializes in a broad range of sex crimes in West Covina, including but not limited to:
- Indecent exposure
- Sexual assault & battery
- Soliciting a prostitute
- Statutory rape
- Lewd conduct
- Child sexual abuse
- Child pornography
- Failure to register as a sex offender
Punishment for Sex Crimes | What You Face
For certain sex crimes like sexual assault, the West Covina prosecutor looks at the facts of your case to determine whether felony or misdemeanor charges are warranted. High-level offenses are always felonies, such as forcible rape or sex crimes against children. However, in either case, it’s important to remember that the prosecution views all sex crimes as a danger to the public and pursues them accordingly. The penalties for misdemeanor and felony sex crimes in West Covina are summarized below.
For example, a conviction for indecent exposure or lewd conduct carries up to six months in jail. However, misdemeanor sexual battery can result in a jail sentence of up to one year.
A conviction for indecent exposure or lewd conduct carries a fine of up to $1,000. For misdemeanor sexual battery, your maximum fine can increase to $3,000.
- Sex offender registration
A rape conviction can result in 3 to 8 years in prison. However, if the alleged victim was severely injured, the court can sentence you to prison for another 3 to 5 years.
A rape conviction carries up to $5,000 in fines, but this number can dramatically increase with aggravating factors, such as severe injury or the use of a weapon.
- Sex offender registration
- Mandatory disclosure of conviction on employment applications
- Loss of the right to own firearms
- Strike – Under California’s Three Strikes Law
Professional and Personal Consequences
When someone accuses you of a sex crime, people may spread gossip and damage your standing in the community. However, when you’re convicted of a sex crime, matters can get much more serious than rumors. It may ruin your career or even get you fired. Finding a decent job with a sex crime on your record may feel like an uphill battle. In addition to this, you may also struggle to find reasonable housing. With all this stress, it’s easy to imagine the negative impact on your well-being and close relationships.
After your conviction, you may lose close relationships with your loved ones due to mistrust or arguments. Any new people who come into your life can quickly find out about a sex conviction with a google search, which makes it a challenge to find new friends and start fresh. The few people who remain by your side may feel just as overwhelmed as you throughout the legal process. However, it’s easy to isolate and not reach out for help in stressful events like these. As a result, you and your loved ones may feel alone, separated from each other and the rest of the world.
At Wallin & Klarich, we’re here to help. We’ll provide a judgment-free place to discuss your legal problems. Our sex crime defense attorneys keep your ultimate well-being in mind every step of the way. We’ll provide the advice you need to navigate the legal process, and we fight for you to walk away free. For over 40 years, we’ve defended clients accused of sex crimes in West Covina, which gives us unique insight into your struggle. Contact us today at (877) 466-5245 for your free consultation!
Fight False Charges| Possible Defenses For Sex Crimes
You may feel trapped or defeated like there’s nothing you can do. However, it’s important to remember no one wins a battle by giving up. When facing accusations of a sex crime, you should do everything in your power to prepare the best defense strategy for your circumstances. First, you should contact our dependable sex crime attorneys at Wallin & Klarich. For over 40 years, people accused of sex crimes have sought our legal representation in West Covina. One of the key reasons is our ability to craft effective defense strategies. We’ve used many solid defenses in sex crime cases throughout our 40+ years of experience. Some sex crime defense strategies we’ve previously used and could present on your behalf include but are not limited to:
False accusations arise in sex crime cases for a variety of reasons. At times, it may be a case of mistaken identity. After all, alleged victims and eyewitnesses make mistakes like all of us. Sadly, people sometimes report false accusations to get revenge, cause pain, or gain attention. Our investigators work hard to find evidence showing true motivations behind false allegations, and our sex crime attorneys know how to use this evidence to craft a solid legal argument. Get experienced legal representation to fight sex crime charges by contacting us today!.
For a rape charge, your attorney can argue the sex was consensual if you reasonably believed the alleged victim gave consent. Evidence such as texts or witnesses helps support this claim. Moreover, your attorney’s cross-examination of the victim can be vital in proving your innocence.
Note: Consent is never a defense in a statutory rape case in California because anyone under 18 can’t give consent under the law.
The prosecution may follow through with charges of a sex crime before having enough evidence. When this occurs, we can argue insufficient evidence to prove your guilt. The prosecution has to prove your guilt of all elements of the sex crime. However, the victim’s testimony could lead to a conviction even without evidence to support their story. Luckily, our experienced sex crime lawyers are skilled at cross-examination, and we know how to highlight inconsistencies in witness testimony.
The police can conduct sting operations targeting sex crimes in West Covina. Presenting this defense can be incredibly challenging. However, our skilled Wallin & Klarich attorneys understand the best way to construct this strategy and present it in court. If your case resulted from an undercover operation, we must determine if entrapment occurred by gathering evidence of the following :
- The undercover officer came up with the idea.
- The undercover officer pressured or coerced you to commit the crime.
- You would never have committed the crime without the police convincing you.
Hiring A Skilled Defense Attorney | How We Can Assist You
Serious accusations require a skilled and experienced defense attorney. With 40+ years of experience, Wallin & Klarich stands out among the crowd of West Covina criminal defense firms. Our attorneys specialize in defending clients accused of sex crimes and understand the most effective defense strategies. You should consider many factors when choosing a criminal defense lawyer. However, some of the key characteristics that set us apart include:
- Loyal Advocates
- Skilled Negotiators
- Solid Record for 40+ Years
- Specialized Legal Knowledge
Your Loyal Advocates | The Wallin & Klarich Difference
Loyalty is hard to find. Unfortunately, many law firms treat clients like case numbers rather than real people. At Wallin & Klarich, we believe you deserve respect and dedication. But we don’t just say it; we show it through our devotion to your defense and our interactions with you. Our attorneys promptly address all of your concerns because we never want you to feel dismissed or unheard. Rest assured, our communication with you will always be straightforward and genuine. With Wallin & Klarich at your side, you can walk into court confident that we have your best interests in mind. Moreover, we’ll be prepared to put up our strongest fight.
Skilled Negotiators | 40+ Years of Success
Wallin & Klarich has a history of success spanning 40+ years. We’ve obtained the best possible results in complex sex crime cases and helped our clients avoid spending time behind bars. Their stories stand as a testament to our skilled legal negotiation. More importantly, they renew our motivation to defend others falsely accused of a sex crime in West Covina. Our passion for helping clients has not wavered in over four decades and counting. Discover how our skilled negotiators can help you fight false sex crime accusations in West Covina, CA. Contact us today, toll-free at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free consultation with an experienced, local sex crimes attorney.
When you need us, we will be here.