Bakersfield Sex Crimes Lawyer
Experienced Defense Against Sex Offenses in Kern County
If you have been charged with a sex crime, you have probably already considered the substantial destruction it could have on your future. You may already be suffering from some of that now. The penalties that could accompany a conviction could destroy both your personal life and your professional career. Whether you have been falsely accused or not, you should immediately seek the services of a Bakersfield criminal defense lawyer at Humphrey & Thompson.
Bakersfield is one of the toughest places to be accused of a crime. At our firm, our legal team is proud that we are known for working hard and winning tough cases. We will do the work necessary to understand the judges, attorneys, and systems that may oppose us in defending your case. We have valuable experience in dealing with cases like yours.
Are you facing a sex crime charge in California? Call Humphrey & Thompson today at (661) 327-1360 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our sex crimes attorney in Bakersfield!
What Is Considered a Sex Crime in California?
Sex crimes in California are defined as a broad category of offenses that involve sexual conduct or misconduct. Some of the most common types of sex crimes in California include:
- Rape: Non-consensual sexual intercourse, including statutory rape (sexual activity with a minor).
- Sexual assault: Non-consensual sexual touching or penetration, including forcible oral copulation.
- Child pornography: Possession, distribution, or production of images or videos that depict sexual conduct involving minors.
- Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse involves any non-consensual sexual conduct, including sexual contact or penetration, with an adult or a minor.
- Solicitation: Solicitation refers to requesting, encouraging, or facilitating the commission of a sexual act in exchange for something of value, such as money or drugs.
It's essential to seek legal counsel from an experienced Bakersfield sex crime attorney if you are facing charges of a sex crime in California.
Penalties for Sex Crimes in California
The penalties for sex crimes in California vary depending on the specific offense, the circumstances surrounding the crime, and the defendant's criminal history. Some of the penalties for the most common sex crimes in California are as follows:
- Rape: Rape is a felony offense in California and carries a sentence of up to eight years in state prison. If the victim is a minor, the sentence can be increased to 11 years. Aggravating factors such as using a weapon, causing serious bodily injury, or a prior conviction for sexual assault can result in even longer prison sentences.
- Child pornography: Possession, distribution, or production of child pornography is a felony offense in California and can result in a prison sentence of up to three years per count. Possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute or sell can result in a sentence of up to six years per count. If the victim is under 14, the sentence can be increased to eight years.
- Solicitation: Solicitation of a minor for sex is a felony offense in California and can result in a prison sentence of up to four years. If the solicitation involves a minor under 14 years old, the sentence can be increased to up to six years in prison.
- Sexual assault: Sexual assault can result in a sentence of up to four years in state prison. If the victim is a minor, the sentence can be increased to eight years. Aggravating factors such as using a weapon, causing serious bodily injury, or a prior conviction for sexual assault can result in even longer prison sentences.
- Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse can result in a sentence of up to three years in state prison. If the victim is a minor, the sentence can be increased to up to five years. Aggravating factors such as using force, causing serious bodily injury, or a prior conviction for sexual abuse can result in even longer prison sentences.
It's important to note that these are general guidelines, and the penalties for sex crimes can vary widely depending on the case's specific circumstances. Additionally, a conviction for a sex crime can have long-lasting consequences, including lifetime sex offender registration, difficulty finding employment or housing, and social stigma.
Sex Offender Registry in California
If convicted of a serious sex crime, California law mandates that your name be placed in the sex offender registry. The sex offender registry is an online database with your name, age, distinguishing characteristics, and details about the crime you were convicted of. This label can remain with you for life and will seriously affect your employment opportunities in the future, not to mention your personal and professional reputation.
Contact Our Bakersfield Sex Crimes Attorney Today
A challenging aspect of sex crime cases is that the charges could be based on the testimony of a single alleged victim. It is not uncommon for false charges to be made by jealous individuals, who may or may not understand the destruction that can be caused. You want a lawyer who only has your best interests in mind and the knowledge and experience to give you the best possible defense.
Our attorney will listen to your side of the story and investigate every possible evidence to get you the best possible outcome. With years of experience and many successful cases, our firm will give your case the attention to detail it needs to be successful. Trust a lawyer that puts your future first and keeps you informed every step of the way.
Contact Humphrey & Thompson today to get started with our sex crimes lawyer in Bakersfield!