There are many different types of crimes that a less morally obligated individual can commit, and to make the processing and recording of these crimes easier and less complicated, our legal system has like crimes grouped into buckets. This assists the judiciary branch of our government with the trying and sentencing of individuals who have been charged with crimes.
One of these classifications that crimes can be grouped into is the “Sex Crimes” classification. Because of the nature and sensitivity of crimes involving sex, special laws and procedures have been implemented to protect victims and ensure the general public is aware of any person’s status as a convicted sex offender. Sex crimes inflict lasting emotional damage on victims, and the sex crime laws are designed to mitigate the lasting emotional pain and fear felt by the victim, and to make it more difficult for a sex offender to repeat their crime once they are released from incarceration. It should be noted, however, that the penalties and restrictions for this classification are designed for very heinous crimes like rape, but you can be classified as a sex offender all the same even if you have been convicted of any of the charges described below. If you have been charged with a sex crime, it is imperative that you contact a qualified criminal lawyer in Sacramento as soon as possible.
There are a number of different criminal violations that can fall under the label of “Sex Crime”, here are the most common in the state of California:
- Sexual Assault / Battery – Any type of unwanted sexual contact without their consent for arousal – sexual contact is described as contact to an individual’s intimate parts – the buttocks, reproductive organs, a woman’s breasts, etc
- Rape – Any type of unwanted sexual contact to include penetration (vaginal, oral or anal) – It is rape if someone does not or is not capable of giving consent to any form of sexual penetration
- Statutory Rape – A minor is legally not able to give consent for sexual acts, and therefore, any sexual act committed with a minor is considered statutory rape
- Indecent Exposure – Lewdly exposing your body and or private parts in any public place, or place where others are annoyed or offended
- Prostitution/Solicitation – Soliciting sex or attempting to provide sexual services in exchange for money or other goods and services
- Lewd Conduct in Public – Lewdly touching the private parts of yourself or another in public for the purposes of sexual gratification or to offend others
- Lewd Acts with a Child – Any touching of a child (does not need to be an intimate body part, and can be over clothing) with the purpose of arousing oneself sexually – this is a very serious charge and can result in severe penalties
A Criminal Lawyer in Sacramento Can Help!
Have you or a loved one been charged with a sex crime? The penalties associated with a conviction for one of the above crimes are severe and will follow you for the rest of your life. A criminal lawyer in Sacramento can build a case to fight the prosecution and help secure your future. Call one of our criminal defense attorneys today for a free consultation!