Los Angeles Sexual Battery and Rape Lawyer
Criminal Lawyers for Violent Sexual Related Crimes
Most people are familiar with the definition of rape, which is physically forced non-consensual sexual intercourse. It includes forced non-consensual sexual penetration based on threats of harm, fraud or incapacitation that would make the victim unable to resist, such as with intoxication or use of a controlled substance. The defining point on whether or not an act is rape or sexual battery is the aspect of sexual penetration. Rape also has other classifications in the State of California:
- Spousal Rape - When one spouse forces sexual penetration on the other spouse.
- Date Rape - Forced non-consensual sex upon someone who is known by the victim via a social engagement.
- Statutory Rape - Sex with a minor below the age of 18 but above the age of 14.
Possible Legal Penalties
Rape is a felony that can bring fines up to $10,000, probation, imprisonment for up to 8 years (or more in some cases) and potentially being required to register as a sex offender. The term of sexual battery would be the forced non-consensual touching of another person's body in order to sexually arouse, gratify or abuse. Depending on the circumstances, the crime would be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. It is up to the prosecutor on which charged will be used. A conviction could bring fines up to $10,000, probation, imprisonment for up to 4 years and potentially being required to register as a sex offender.
Contact a Los Angeles Sex Crime Attorney
At Cron, Israels & Stark one of our accomplished criminal defense lawyers can provide you with an initial consultation to review all of the facts and seek any mitigating circumstances. In some cases negotiation with prosecutors may cause the charges to be dropped or reduced.
Sexual battery or rape charges can be complex, frightening and serious in regards to one's future. Such charges can also have a tremendously negative impact on one socially and professionally. A thorough examination into the circumstances, conditions and involved parties should be done without delay to assure the best outcome possible. Contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys for the assistance you need in protecting your rights.
If you have been charged with any type of state or federal sexual related crime, call our law firm immediately to get a qualified examination of the facts and an effective strategy in the defense of these charges.
Related Sex Crime Stories in the News:
Los Angeles Times - "Los Angeles Sheriff's Lieutenant Under Investigation for Sexual Assault"
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is conducting an investigation into allegations that a lieutenant in San Dimas went to the home of a co-worker and sexually assaulted her. According to a complaint filed with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the woman alleges that she was sexually harassed, accusing the lieutenant of sending her inappropriate text messages and hugging her at work "in order to rub himself against her breasts."
Los Angeles Times - "Huntington Beach Police Officer Accused of Rape and Assault"
The ex-wife of a former Huntington Beach police officer accused of 20 felony counts including rape, sodomy and spousal rape took the stand as his preliminary hearing began. He is charged with alleged acts against his wife, an alleged mistress and another man while serving as an officer with the Police Department. He pleaded not guilty to rape, forcible sodomy, false imprisonment by violence or deceit, criminal threats, domestic battery, aggravated assault, dissuading a witness and vandalism.