Sex crime accusations are some of the most damaging charges a person can face. Those convicted of these serious offenses often face lengthy jail or prison sentences as well as a lifetime of registration on the California sex offender list. Some offenders even face lifetime prison sentences. If you have been accused of any kind of sex crime, you should immediately contact a top Vista sex offense attorney like Peter M. Liss.
He Said/She Said
While some sex crimes involve physical evidence, such as DNA, video footage or computer files, many others have little evidence beyond an accuser claiming that they were victimized. That is why rape and child molestation charges can be difficult to prosecute -the DA must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant actually did what the victim claims based only on the victim’s word.
Unfortunately, police know this and will try to do whatever they can do legally to get a suspect to confess. One tactic they often use is to have a victim call the alleged perpetrator to admit on the phone the crimes committed. That is why it is so important to work with a top Vista sex crimes lawyer as soon as you suspect you are under investigation for a sex offense. Your lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure you’re not unwillingly tricked into confessing to a crime.
Penalties for Sex Crimes
Most sex crimes carry jail or prison terms although some offenders for some crimes may be eligible for probation in place of incarceration. Those who are granted probation will be required to observe very stringent terms including counseling and polygraph testing.
Anyone charged with forcible sex crimes will be subject to mandatory prison terms. These sentences are lengthy and could even include life imprisonment in some cases. Some sex crimes, such as rape are also considered strikes under California’s three strikes law, which is another way they could end up resulting in a lifetime prison sentence.
The Sex Offender Registry
Once those convicted of sex crimes serve out their jail, prison or probation period, they will also carry a permanent status as a sex offender. This means they will be required to register with the government and update the local police and your neighbors every time they move. Failure to register is can result in additional charges. If you are required to register as a sex offender, any time someone looks up sex offenders in their local area, they will be able to find your name, address, photo and a list of the crimes you have been convicted of.
A sex offender status will also likely interfere with your ability to find quality housing, suitable employment and could even affect your personal relationships. Some sex offenders will even be required to have their status listed on their passports.
The sex offense registration laws are changing in 2021 so some lesser offenses will be subject to 10 and 20 year requirements instead of lifetime registration.
If you have been accused of a sexual offense or are under investigation for a crime of this nature, please call a skilled Vista sex crimes attorney at (760) 643-4050. If the police request you discuss a sex offense crime with them, it is critical you have a sex offense lawyer like Peter M. Liss available to help protect your rights and begin an investigation on your behalf right away.
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