Frequently Asked Questions on Sex Crime Charges
Sex Crime Attorney in Riverside
Is a sex crime a misdemeanor or a felony?
Some sex crimes are felonies, while others are considered misdemeanors.
Many sex crimes are considered "wobblers" in California. This
means the crime may be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, at the
discretion of the prosecution or court. Factors considered are the severity
of the crime, any injuries inflicted, the age of the victim or victims,
and the length of time during which repeated crimes were committed.
What are the penalties for a sex crime?
The penalties for sex crimes vary depending on the crime and the ruling
of the court. It is important to note, however, that penalties for sex
crimes are generally very harsh. Jail or prison time can result, including
life imprisonment. What is worse, a person may have to register on a state
or national sex offender registry if convicted. Certain California laws
prohibit a judge from showing leniency in some circumstances.
When should I contact a lawyer?
If you have been or may be charged with a sex crime, it is imperative
that you contact a Riverside criminal defense attorney immediately. Even
if you have not yet been charged but are under investigation or are suspected
of a sex crime, it is vital you waste no time in obtaining legal representation.
A lawyer can help to make sure your rights are protected and may be able
to prevent the filing of false charges altogether. If charges have already
been filed, you will need competent legal representation.
Are those convicted of "minor" sex crimes still required to register
as a sex offender?
Convictions for most sex crimes require lifetime registration as a sex
offender, even if some of those crimes may be considered "minor".
The help that Grech & Packer can offer is invaluable in attempting
to prevent such a grave consequence.
Does a convicted juvenile have to register as a sex offender?
Convicted minors are required to register for certain offenses. If the
charges were addressed in a juvenile court, the registrant cannot be publicly
disclosed on the official website listing sex offenders. Local law enforcement
agencies may still choose to notify the public of these offenders if they
deem that there is sufficient risk to do so.
Contact a Riverside sex crime attorney for help understanding your rights and options if you have been accused
of a sex crime.