It’s all too common for people to only think of sex offenders as males, but while the majority of offenders are men, there are still plenty of women charged with these crimes. One notable case that recently made headlines was that of Molly Shattuck, who was at one point famous for being the oldest cheerleader in the NFL. Mrs. Shattuck was charged with having sexual relations with a 15 year old boy. Pacific Beach defense lawyer Peter M. Liss believes her case is a good reminder that anyone can be charged with a sex crime, not just those stereotyped as offenders.
Shattuck was convicted in Delaware for the crime of fourth-degree rape, which is the equivalent of a statutory rape charge in California. She was sentenced to serve 48 weekends behind bars as part of a plea bargain. While Encinitas defense attorneys may be subject to different sentencing alternatives here in California, it’s important to note that they are still available and careful negotiations of a plea bargain can result in these types of beneficial sentences.
Unfortunately, regardless of the sentence, anyone convicted of statutory rape, including Mrs. Shattuck, may be required to submit to sex offender registration. A criminal lawyer in Miramar may persuade the prosecutor or judge not to require registration. This status can be a life-changing and incredibly difficult to deal with, which is why you should never speak to police or prosecutors without first discussing your case with a top Mission Valley criminal lawyer.
If you have been accused of any sex crime, Peter M. Liss can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free consultation with a top Mira Mesa criminal attorney.