If you have been charged with a sex offense, the charges are extremely serious. Undoubtedly, you are very concerned about the specific charges and consequent penalties. In addition, the damage to your reputation can be enormous and long-lasting, Sex charges bring with them embarrassment, shame, stigma, and the potential to ruin your standing within the community.
You may have heard of Megan’s Law, enacted in California in 1996 (Penal Code § 290.46). Highly controversial, this law came into effect after seven-year-old Megan Kenka was raped and killed by a known sex offender who moved into the neighborhood unbeknownst to most. The law was created to make others aware of the possible dangers of a sex offender living in their vicinity.
However, the law has been met with much criticism by psychologists and treatment professionals who believe the law may be counterproductive. By ostracizing a convicted person for life, their chance of employment and community engagement is dramatically reduced, often leading to recidivism. The collateral effects of family members of registrants are another issue that has been studied.
Initially, all individuals convicted of any crime remotely labeled a “sex offense” were required to have their name and location on the registry for life. While registration requirements are still stringent, Megan’s Law has now been modified with a three-tier system, meaning that only the most serious offenders must stay on the list forever. You need a skilled attorney who knows how to resolve your matter with knowledge of all of the possible consequences for you.
Sex offenses can range from an unintentional, unwanted touching to rape. Defenses are available in such a situation, such as proving that the crime simply did not happen or you were not the perpetrator. These cases are complex and often require expert witness testimony. This is not the type of legal situation you should try to handle on your own. Expert legal representation from the Dolan Law Offices is vital to protecting your freedom as well as navigating other looming penalties such as sex offender registration , limitations on where you can live and work and who you can see.
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.