If you have been charged with a sex offense in the state of California, your first course of action must be to hire an attorney skilled in such matters. Being charged with such a crime could have long-lasting, deep repercussions to your reputation and standing within the community. You are likely extremely concerned and with good reason.
There are many complexities to sexual offense cases, and they must not only be handled with a good defense, but also great care. Dolan Law Offices has a great deal of experience in these types of matters.
Categories for sex offenses include those against other adults (crimes such as rape or assault), crimes against relatives (often involving incest), and crimes against children (including issues such as pornography, abduction, or molestation). Charges for prostitution may be brought forth also.
Sex offense crimes are taken very seriously in California, and the legal penalties are harsh, often leading to many years in prison. Your future is at stake, and although you may be dealing with enormous stress and a range of different emotions—like embarrassment and shame—this is not the time to go it alone.
If you have already been convicted of a sex offense, you must register with the state of California. This allows the state to monitor where you live and work, and also notifies neighbors of your proximity, as required per Megan’s Law, enacted in California in 1996 (Penal Code § 290.46). Contact us at Dolan Law Offices immediately to determine if your registry status has changed or if you fall into a category allowing us to petition the court for a change in status.
If you are a Tier 1 sex offender, you must register for 10 years, with the possibility of being removed from the registry after that. Tier 2 offenders must register for 20 years, and Tier 3 for life, with no possibility of removal. Failing to register can result in harsh repercussions also, especially if you were previously convicted of a felony. If you have failed to register for some reason, you may need a legal defense to explain why you were unable to do so.
If you have been accused of or charged with a sex offense, please call the Dolan Law Offices now. We will listen carefully to your concerns, review your case, and offer advice based on many years of experience. John Patrick Dolan understands California’s complex criminal defense laws and our office will provide the experience you need to help you fight for your rights and best interests. Call us at (760) 775-3739 or contact us online as soon as possible.