Sex crimes carry harsh punishments in California. A sex crime is a crime against an individual that is unwanted and sexual in nature. Some common examples of sex crimes include:
- Child sexual abuse
- Child pornography
- Statutory rape
- Marital rape
- Sex with animals
- Human trafficking
- Indecent exposure
- Sexual harassment
If you have been charged with any type of sex crime, you need to protect your legal rights. Failing to do so can result in a conviction with harsh penalties and consequences, such as:
- Prison sentence
- High fines
- Victim restitution
- Lifetime registration as a sex offender
- Driver’s license revocation
- Conviction on criminal record for life
- Sex offender social stigma
Convicted sex offenders often face hard times while serving prison or jail time because they are severely looked down upon by other inmates. Even after serving their sentence, they are watched constantly by law enforcement and must register as a sex offender with the national registry. Additionally, their reputation and character will be seriously tarnished in the community.
As such, if you have been charged with a sex crime, it is extremely important to immediately hire an experienced and aggressive Central Valley sex crimes defense attorney to protect your legal rights and avoid a conviction.
What To Do If You Get Arrested for a Sex Crime
The most important thing you must remember if you get arrested for a sex crime (or any other type of crime) is your “Miranda Rights.” In 1966, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona, that if an individual is arrested on the belief that they have committed a crime, they should be allowed certain rights that must be clearly explained to them. These rights must read before any interrogation. “Miranda Rights” are meant to protect a suspect from self-incriminating him or herself under the Fifth Amendment.
“Miranda Rights” are as follows:
- You have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer questions.
- Anything you say may be used against you in a court of law.
- You have the right to consult an attorney before speaking to the police and to have an attorney present during questioning now or in the future.
- If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you before any questioning if you wish.
- If you decide to answer questions now without an attorney present, you will still have the right to stop answering at any time until you talk to an attorney.
- Knowing and understanding your rights as I have explained them to you, are you willing to answer my questions without an attorney present?
Call an Experienced Central Valley Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
If you or someone you know has been charged with a sex crime in the Central Valley, it is in your best interest to immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you learn your legal rights and options.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Central Valley sex crime defense attorney Gurjit Srai, please call (209) 323-5558 or complete our online form.