Los Angeles Sex Crimes Attorney
As a Senior Deputy D.A., Ambrosio E. Rodriguez spent four years in the prestigious Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit. Mr. Rodriguez’s superior trial work and expertise in this field earned him the position of Trial Team Leader of the Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit. As Trial Team Leader Mr. Rodriguez only tried the most difficult, complicated, and highly publicized cases.
The State of California recognized Mr. Rodriguez’s distinguished service as Trial Team Leader by awarding him with a Child Abuse Vertical Prosecution grant. Mr. Rodriguez was the first person at the D.A.’s Office to receive this honor. If you have been charged with a sex crime, call a Los Angeles sex crimes lawyer with a proven track record. We offer a free consultation and can be reached anytime at 800-852-9851.
Mr. Rodriguez has expertise in all sex crimes including:
- 1 Why You Should Choose the Rodriguez Law Group When You’re Facing Sex Crime Charges
- 2 We’ll Defend You Against Any Sex Crime Charges in Los Angeles
- 3 Our Sex Crimes Practice Areas
- 4 Penalties For Sex Crimes in Los Angeles, CA
- 5 Sex Offender Registration in the State of California
- 6 What If I’ve Been Falsely Accused of a Sex Crime?
- 7 Let Our Los Angeles Sex Crime Lawyers Fight For You Today
Why You Should Choose the Rodriguez Law Group When You’re Facing Sex Crime Charges
When you’re charged with a sex crime, the state will go to great lengths to get a conviction. Who better to defend you than someone with personal knowledge and experience of this process? Before becoming a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, Ambrosio Rodriguez spent more than a decade working as a prosecutor for the state of California. For 13 years, he prosecuted the very same types of cases he defends today.
In fact, during his tenure as a Senior Deputy District Attorney, he led the Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit. So, when we say that our team understands what’s at stake and what can happen, we mean it. We have a working knowledge of California’s sex crime laws and the criminal procedures that will affect your case. We know the prosecutors who will be charged with getting a conviction. Let us put our personal knowledge, experiences, and determination to work for you.
When you call our Los Angeles law firm for help with your sex crime defense, we will:
- Investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest, any searches of your person or property, as well as your interactions with the police;
- Determine if your rights have been violated in any way, and, as a result, if any of the state’s evidence should be thrown out;
- Work with experts to gather evidence that supports your side of the story and/or disproves the state’s allegations;
- Review the state’s case against you to find weaknesses that can be exploited for your benefit
- Negotiate with state prosecutors in an effort to get the charges against you dropped, or to secure a favorable plea bargain, and
- Try your case in front of a judge and/or jury, if necessary.
We’ll be with you from start to finish. We’ll do our best to make sure that you understand what’s going on at each step in your criminal case. If you have questions, we’ll do our best to answer them. The whole time, our team will be working tirelessly to build the strongest possible defense for you.
Now is the time to ask for help. Don’t put it off. Call our Los Angeles sex crime lawyers to schedule your free consultation today.
We’ll Defend You Against Any Sex Crime Charges in Los Angeles
“Sex crime” is a term that refers to several different sexually-motivated or sexually-based criminal offenses. At The Rodriguez Law Group, our skilled attorneys are here to help you defend yourself against any and all of these sex crimes. We represent clients who have been charged with:
- Child Molestation
- Child Pornography
- Date Rape
- Indecent Exposure
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Lewd or Lascivious Acts
- Public Indecency
- Pandering and Pimping
- Sexual Assault of a Minor
- Sexual Assault
- Statutory Rape
- Urinating in Public
- Voyeurism, and more.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re facing misdemeanor or felony sex crime charges. If you’ve been accused of a sex offense, our team will help you launch a defense. Give our Los Angeles law offices a call today to learn more.
Our Sex Crimes Practice Areas
Again, a lot of different criminal offenses in California can be categorized as sex crimes. Here’s an overview of some of the sex crimes we regularly handle at the Rodriguez Law Group.
Pursuant to Penal Code Section 314 PC, indecent exposure occurs when you expose your privates to another person in a public place with the intent to arouse or offend. For example, flashing someone in a park or at a bar could be considered indecent exposure. Under California state law, indecent exposure is typically a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in a Los Angeles County jail.
Sexual assault – or sexual battery, as it’s known under California state law, occurs when you intimately touch another person while they are restrained to arouse yourself, the victim, or another person. Under Penal Code Section 243.4 PC, sexual assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Ultimately, the charge will depend on your criminal record (if any) and the degree of harm and trauma the victim experienced.
Under Penal Code Section 657(b) PC, prostitution involves acts related to having sex in exchange for compensation. Those acts can include having sex for money, agreeing to engage in prostitution, or even soliciting another person to engage in prostitution. So, prostitutes, Johns, and pimps can all potentially face criminal charges for prostitution in California. The offense is always a misdemeanor.
It’s a crime to produce, possess, or sell child pornography in the state of California. Under Penal Code Section 311.11 PC, child pornography offenses can be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the specifics of each case and the defendant’s criminal record.
Statutory rape, under Penal Code Section 261.5 PC, involves having sex with a minor. Since minors cannot legally consent to have sex, it’s technically always against the law for teens to do so unless they’re married. Statutory rape is a wobbler, meaning that, based on the specifics of the offense, it can result in misdemeanor or felony charges. The biggest factor is the age of the parties involved. The bigger the age difference (or the younger the minor) the harsher the consequences.
Rape is among the most serious sex offenses in California. Under Penal Code Section 261 PC, rape occurs when you have sex with another adult against their will and without their consent. Rape can involve using force or threats or having sex with an unconscious or intoxicated victim. Rape is a felony, punishable by up to 8 years in a California state prison.
Lewd Acts on a Child
Pursuant to California Penal Code Section 288(a), lewd acts on a child involves touching a child’s intimate parts or encouraging them to engage in a sexual act. This crime is typically a felony. The charge and penalties will depend on (a) the child’s age and (b) the difference in age between the defendant and child. When force is used to commit the act, the maximum penalty for this crime is 10 years in a state penitentiary.
Child molestation, as defined in Penal Code Section 288.7(a), child molestation occurs when an adult has sexual intercourse or sodomizes a child who is 10 years old or younger. A felony, this crime can lead to 25 years to life in a California state prison. If the sexual act involves oral sex or sexual penetration, the offense carries 15 years to life in prison.
Penalties For Sex Crimes in Los Angeles, CA
The prosecution will not only work hard to get a conviction, but also purse the harshes penalties under the law for your particular sex crime. The penalties for sex offenses vary widely, based on factors related to the specific offense as well as your existing criminal record (if you have one).
After a conviction for a sex crime in Los Angeles, punishments might include some or all of the following:
- Imprisonment in a county jail or state prison
- Probation, including community service, counseling, rehabilitation, and other requirements, as seen fit by the court
- Parole, and/or
- Mandatory sex offender registration.
There are also collateral consequences of a sex crime conviction. These are social and civil repercussions that you might experience because of the sex offense on your criminal record. For example, you might find that it’s hard to find a job or even lose your professional license. Finding a place to live could be a challenge, particularly if you are a registered sex offender. Additionally, you could lose your right to own or possess a firearm, lose custody and visitation rights if you have children, and might even lose out on government benefits.
Sex Offender Registration in the State of California
All sex offenses in California carry some pretty harsh penalties. For many sex crimes, a conviction requires the defendant to register as a sex offender with the state. In California, there are three “tiers” of sex offenders.
Tier One: requires registration for a minimum of 10 years after a conviction for misdemeanor sexual battery, indecent exposure, or other low-level sex crimes.
Tier Two: requires registration for a minimum of 20 years after a conviction for a mid-level sex offense, such as lewd acts with a minor under 14, incest, or acts of penetration with a foreign object.
Tier Three: requires registration for life after a conviction for many of the most serious sex crimes, including rape, child pornography, or pimping and pandering of a minor.
Because of Meghan’s Law, you’ll be entered into a searchable database that will disclose your identity and crime to those who are interested. For the period of time for which you’re required to register, you will also be required to comply with strict rules. These might include:
- Notifying the state if and when you move, within at least 5 days of doing so
- Maintaining a certain distance from schools, parks, or other places where children can be found regularly, and
- Notifying your college institution that you have been convicted of a sex crime, and registering with campus police.
If you’re classified as a high-risk offender, you might also be required to wear a GPS monitoring device.
Note that failing to register as a sex offender is a crime. You can face additional criminal charges and punishments if you do not satisfy your court-ordered responsibility.
The only way to avoid mandatory registration on California’s sex offender registry is by asserting a strong defense from the get-go. At the Rodriguez Law Group, we’ll do everything we can to safeguard your future and keep you off of the state’s offender registry. Give our law offices a call today to learn more.
What If I’ve Been Falsely Accused of a Sex Crime?
Many sex crimes are prosecuted based largely on an alleged victim’s allegations. Unfortunately, these allegations aren’t always true. Sometimes accusations are made out of hatred, spite, or revenge. The best way to fight false allegations is by presenting evidence that disproves the claims.
When you undermine and discredit the allegations against you, the state will have an incredibly difficult time satisfying its burden of proof. Remember, prosecutors have to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. So, our Los Angeles sex crime lawyers will cast as much doubt on your guilt as possible.
When our legal team represents you, we will:
- Discuss the motivation that might have led to false allegations;
- Challenge the validity and legality of any evidence the state might have to support the false accusations;
- Determine if your rights have been violated in any way in an effort to get evidence thrown out or, better yet, the charges against you dropped;
- Interview character and eye-witnesses; and
- Investigate, with the aid of experts, to gather any evidence that directly or indirectly disproves the charges against you.
We’ll pick apart the state’s case against you and work tirelessly to prove that the allegations against you are without basis.
Let Our Los Angeles Sex Crime Lawyers Fight For You Today
Have you been accused of, arrested for, or charged with a sex crime in Los Angeles? The time to begin defending yourself is now. The Rodriguez Law Group is prepared to help you in any way that we can.
Our Los Angeles sex crimes lawyers have decades of combined experience handling sex crime cases in Southern California That experience includes time on both sides – prosecuting and defending these very cases. Who better to lead your defense than someone with a working knowledge of how the state will approach your case? That’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to call our Los Angeles law firm to schedule a free initial case assessment.
Remember, the state will begin to build its case against you immediately. So, you should make sure that your defense gets underway as soon as possible. Our team is always available to take your call, so call now.