Being charged with a sex crime or molestation of a child is one of the most traumatizing and potentially life-altering experiences that a person can go through. Even the mere accusation of these types of crimes routinely ends marriages, families, and careers. Due to the often complex nature of a sex crime, the public outcry, and brutal portrayal by the prosecutors it is imperative to speak with an experienced sex crimes defense attorney at once. The lawyers at the office of Russell J. Clanton and Associates have the legal expertise to defend against these types of accusations and give you the best possible defense.
Types of Sex Crimes and Molestation
The California Penal Code explains the different types of sex crimes and molestation. A sex crime is defined as an illegal act that relates to sex or sexual touching. Molestation is the crime of committing a sexual act with a child younger than the age of 18. In California, sex crimes can include:
…and other sexually related crimes.
The best thing to do if you or someone that you know has been accused of a sex crime is to immediately contact a defense attorney. An attorney can evaluate the facts, conduct an investigation, and advocate for you both inside and outside of court.
Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction
The California Penal Code also explains the punishments if convicted of a sex crime or molestation. Penalties for conviction are often harsh and can last a lifetime. If convicted, you can face years of time in prison, the loss of the right to vote, loss of firearm privileges, mandatory AIDS testing, and significant fines. The conditions of probation or parole are also severe. It can include GPS monitoring, sexual deviance programs, and counseling. Additionally, if convicted you would have to register with the California Sex Offender Registry. This registry is available to the public and often you can be placed on the list for life. It can affect your home life as well as limit your ability to find employment, housing, and education.
Sex crimes and molestation are some of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes in California. That is why it is so important to call a sex crimes and molestation defense attorney as soon as an accusation has been made. An experienced sex crimes defense attorney can minimize the embarrassment and potential consequences of being labeled as a sex offender, and in some cases get the charges dropped altogether.
Experienced Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys Can Help
Sex crimes and child molestation charges have incredibly serious legal and social consequences, and the mere suggestion of these types of crimes can forever alter the life of the person accused. With over 30 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Russell J. Clanton and Associates are experts in the field of sex crimes and molestation defense. If you or someone you know has been accused or charged with this type of crime in the Humboldt, Del Norte, or Trinity County areas, contact our office at 707.825.6587 to schedule a free and confidential consultation. We promise to keep you informed every step of the case and provide the most zealous defense possible for you.