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Frequently Asked Questions on Sex Crime Charges

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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.

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