Santa Clarita Sex Crimes Lawyer
Charged With a Sex Crime in Valencia?
There are many different crimes that you could be charged with that fall under the category of sex crime.
A conviction of any of the following crimes could result in severe penalties that may affect you for many years if not the rest of your life:
- Date rape
- Statutory rape
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Child pornography
- Indecent exposure
Information Regarding the Charge of Rape
If you are charged with the crime of rape, then you could face serious penalties for conviction. This crime involves sexual intercourse with another person without their consent and against their will. It is important to know that your relationship to the victim does not automatically mean that the intercourse was consensual; for example, you can be charged with spousal rape, and you can be charged with date rape. Just because you are in a dating relationship, or you are married, does not absolve you from arrest and charges for rape.
In addition, the prosecution does not have to prove that the victim resisted, this is not an element of rape. They only need to prove that the intercourse was performed without their consent and/or against their will.
If you are facing serious sex crime allegations, consult with a Santa Clarita criminal defense lawyer from Barnholtz & Kugler today.
The Penalties of a Rape Conviction
If you are charged with the criminal offense of rape, then you need skilled representation on your side as you could face extremely harsh penalties for conviction. Rape is a felony in California, and you could face penalties of formal probation (typically imposed if the rape did not involve violence), up to eight years in California state prison, fines up to $10,000, and sex offender registration. In addition, if serious bodily injury was suffered, then you could face up to an additional five years in prison.
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Contact a Santa Clarita criminal defense lawyer today for assertive legal advocacy in your case.
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