Serious Defense for Severe Criminal Charges
The penalties for convictions of sex crimes are among the most serious in California. If you are convicted of a sex crime, every area of your life can be negatively impacted, both now and in the future. You could be facing years in prison and the stigma of having to register as a sexual offender will follow you, even after release. Effective representation is essential for a favorable outcome.
Sex Crimes in California
Depending on the specific circumstances, sex crimes may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies.
- Misdemeanors include:
- Indecent exposure
- Improperly touching a child
Generally, these offenses carry a maximum sentence of one year in county jail.
- More serious offenses carry felony charges and penalties that can range from one year to life in prison. Felony sex crimes include:
- Statutory rape
- Spousal rape
- Sexual battery
- Child pornography
- Lewd and lascivious acts
Some offenses are known as “wobblers,” meaning they can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. In some situations, it may be possible to have felony charges reduced to a misdemeanor, which allows you to avoid registering as a sex offender. Our Visalia criminal defense lawyer is committed to helping achieve results, including getting charges reduced to aggressively defending your rights in court.
Get in Touch with Our Visalia Criminal Defense Attorney
Hayden Smith has represented clients charged with criminal offenses, including sex crimes, in California for more than a decade. He provides personal attention and effectively communicates with each client throughout the entire process, from the initial consultation until your case is resolved.
Contact the Law Office of Hayden G. Smith today at (559) 664-6933 for a free telephone consultation with our attorney.