Sex Offenses include statutory rape (Penal Code § 269), arranging to meet a minor for sex(Penal Code § 288.4), lewd acts with a child under 14 (Penal Code § 288(a)), molestation of a child under 18 (Penal Code § 647.6), possession of child pornography (Penal Code § 311), rape (Penal Code § 261(a)), public urination (Penal Code § 374.3(a)), prostitution (Penal Code § 647(b)) and indecent exposure (Penal Code § 314).
Greg Hill & Associates understand how the stigma of such charges can destroy marriages, thoroughly ruin reputations and end one’s career, even if the charges are eventually dismissed or you are found not guilty.
What makes such consequences all the more painful is that the charges are often untrue or greatly exaggerated. They may be initiated by an ex-wife seeking to ruin our client’s life because our client began divorce proceedings. A teenager may also report sexual abuse when the dad or mom refuse to let her move out or date a boy at school who the parents fear. Other times, the charges may be true, but they are inflated also for an ulterior purpose.
We further appreciate how a conviction for most sex offenses carry with it a lifetime sexual offender registration requirement under Penal Code § 290 and “public shaming” by identification of the client on the Megan’s List website. In the most serious sex cases, the client may be found to be a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) and subject to delays in release back to the public even after he or she has fulfilled the prison sentence.
We consequently aggressively work to help our clients avoid such obligations by negotiating toward a plea bargain to charges that does not require registration. Many of the convictions are also considered strike offenses under California’s Three Strikes law, so we aim to negotiate a resolution for a different charge that is not a strike.
We also understand that there are immigration consequences of a conviction for many sex offenses, so we also work toward negotiating the case toward charges that do not require registration. With the recent emergence of Static 99 reports, we often can demand such a report or provide our own report under Penal Code § 288.1 (if appropriate) to help the District Attorney justify charges that are less severe, perhaps to an amended charge for false imprisonment (Penal Code § 236), lewd conduct (Penal Code § 647(a)) or even disturbing the peace (Penal Code § 415) that do not require 290 registration.
The law in this area of law is always developing, especially with the interplay of the Fourth Amendment guarantees against unreasonable search and seizures and the searches of a client’s computer. Consent of the victim is also often an issue when the victim is old enough to consent. Our office stays abreast of such developments and provides our clients with articles concerning the most recent cases.
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