David Sanchez, a Ventura man was arrested last month and charged with indecent exposure after allegedly exposing his genitals to a young girl at the Ventura Avenue Library. Police investigated the incident and arrested Sanchez at his home. He is already listed as a registered sex offender.
Indecent exposure is considered a sex crime
Indecent exposure is considered a sex crime. Sex crimes convictions aren’t like other felony convictions, in that a conviction on sex crimes charges, like indecent exposure, can result in sex offender registration and monitoring requirements. Other felonies don’t carry this kind of requirement; once you’ve completed a sentence, you typically don’t have additional conviction-related contact with the criminal justice.
When you think of the phrase “sex crimes,” you automatically think of rape or the sexual abuse of a child, but many other actions are classified as sex crimes and can carry the same types of registration and monitoring requirements that forcible rape does. Sex crimes can include pornography-related offenses, “date rape,” public urination, voyeurism, statutory rape and indecent exposure.
Sex offenses, no matter their nature, have serious consequences. If you’ve been accused of indecent exposure or another a sex crime, you need the benefit of experienced criminal defense. You need to hire an aggressive criminal defense attorney who understands the consequences of a conviction on sex crimes charges and can help you avoid them or reduce their impact on your life.
The courts view all sex crimes as potentially serious because such crimes are closely associated with escalation and violent behavior. Sex crimes like indecent exposure have historically been misclassified as sex crimes and courts continue to prosecute them with the same vigor as forcible rape.
A non-sexual reason is often at the heart of an indecent exposure case. Public urination or alcohol/drug intoxication can often explain public nudity. You need clear, aggressive criminal defense to help defend against sex crimes accusations. You need an attorney who can assemble the resources you’ll need to support your defense. Avoiding sex crimes conviction is important because most sex crimes are felonies; felony convictions count as a “strike” on your criminal record. California’s “Three Strikes Law” allows for extended penalties if you accumulate three “strikes” over the course of your lifetime.
Do not wait to hire an attorney once you’ve been accused of a sex crime. Time is your best friend, and the more time you and your defense team have, the more likely you are to present a strong, credible defense in court. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County indecent case.
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