If you live in Ventura and you are convicted of a sex crime charge, you will carry the consequences of that conviction with you forever. Even if you’ve finished any jail time, probation or parole you received at sentencing, paid your fines, and finished any other court stipulate actions, the stigma of a sex crime charge lasts for a lifetime, as does the mandatory requirement that you register with and abide by the rules of the sex offender registry – permanently.
Types of Sex Crimes
While most people know that sex crimes include charges of rape and child abuse, you can be charged with a sex crime if someone accuses you of other actions as well and every sex crime charge can result in the mandatory registration and the lifetime stigma.
A person suspected of committing a sex crime can be accused of any number of things including anything related to child pornography and rape to other, lesser crimes such as urinating in public, statutory rape (sex with a minor, even if minor consented), and voyeurism. Unfortunately, because of the nature of the sex crime stigmas, even the smallest and inconsequential of charges can result in sever actions and charges that are not fitting to the crime.
This is why Ventura residents, and residents of Southern California need to act fast if they’ve been charged with a sex crime, no matter how small or “inconsequential” the charges. If you secure an aggressive Ventura sex crime lawyer who will stand by your side and fight sex offense charges on your behalf tirelessly and without fail, you will have a much better chance at fighting the charges and avoiding the lifetime of consequences that will follow you.
Sex crime statistics reported nationwide include:
- A person is sexually assaulted in the U.S. every two minutes
- There were about 18.6 rapes per every 100,000 people in Ventura in 2011
- 207,754 people become sexual assault victims every year
- In the U.S., 747,408 people are registered nationwide as sex offenders
- Of that nationwide number, 84,000 are registered in California
- Of the California number, the City of Ventura tracks about 220 of registered offenders
- Of those registered sex offenders, about 61 percent have a prior record
- About 20 percent of convicted child sex offenders are convicted a second time
- The typical child sex offender molests an average of 117 children
Because the courts see sex crimes as extremely serious offenses and because sex crime statistics are so high, the courts tend to want to make an example out of those who are convicted of sex crimes. Because of this, prosecutors and courts want to see sex offenders spend as much time in jail as possible, and will recommend harsh punishments without regard for extenuating circumstances or other issues surrounding the charges or the conviction.
On the other hand, despite the courts longing to convict you regardless of the circumstances, I know that you are innocent until the courts can prove you are guilty. My more than 20 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer helps me understand that just because you are charged of a crime, it doesn’t mean you are guilty – and you aren’t until prosecutors can prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt.
This is especially true of charges for crimes against children, such as child abuse or molestations. The incidence of false accusation by children and teens pressured by parents, by false memories that turn out to be something or someone else, or cases in which an ex-significant other makes accusations to get the accused in trouble. There are more cases of false accusations concerning sex crimes than any other crime type.
It is a good idea to retain an attorney to help defend you as soon as possible after you find out you are being investigated, or as soon as possible after, you are charged in connection with a sex crime because the right criminal defense lawyer can help you prove circumstances that could get the charges reduced, or dismissed entirely.
If you are accused of date rape, one of the more common accusations, you need to understand that even if the accuser consented in the beginning of intercourse, but later said no, it is still considered rape if you didn’t stop. There are numerous situations such as this in which it isn’t clear that the action is considered rape, or in which you might not know, which is why as soon as you are accused or arrested, you should seek counsel.
Even if you do not think you did anything wrong, your criminal defense attorney can help you understand the charges, and why the action is considered illegal. If you are convicted of crimes such as a misdemeanor child molestation charge, anything for which penetration or oral copulation was not a factor, or of sexual battery by restraint, your attorney can help you file for an exclusion from the mandatory registration with the sex offender’s registry.
Keep in mind, though that even if you are excluded from the registry, you will likely face increased monitoring and a lifetime record that follows you everywhere.
Ventura Sex Crime Lawyer
Those convicted of sexual misconduct in Ventura and the rest of Southern California generally face stiffer penalties than they would had they been convicted of any other crime – except murder, of course. Additionally, because most convictions for sex crimes are felony convictions, the result is one of three allowed strikes on your record as part of California’s three strikes rule. If convicted of a felony sex crime, you would also be required to register to the sex offender registry.
However, because of the fact that sexual misconduct crimes are often“he said, she said” crimes, it means that the accuser’s credibility is at stake and by hiring me as your criminal defense lawyer; we will explore all possible avenues of defense together. This includes hiring of hire a private investigator whenever possible to dig into the accuser’s life and attempt to uncover any untruthfulness that may have resulted in the charges against you.
The longer you wait to hire an attorney, the harder it will be to put together an adequate defense. If you do not have an adequate defense, it will be easier for the prosecution to convict you, no matter the circumstances, leading to the probability that you will carry the sex crime stigma with you forever.
This is why it is so important that anyone charged with a sex crime in Ventura take those charges as seriously as if you were charged with murder, and hire an attorney as quickly as possible to help defend you against the charges and potential lifetime of consequences.
Contact me so I can review your case in confidence. Not only will you have a better chance of defending yourself by calling an aggressive attorney early in the case, but you will have a higher likelihood of being able to avoid a conviction altogether.