Sexual Misconduct Lawyer in Los Angeles
Lewd Conduct – Penal Code Section 647(a)
An arrest for lewd conduct can occur under many circumstances. Most commonly it involves sexual conduct in a location that is not legally “private” including an automobile on an empty street.
Clients are often embarrassed about discussing the details that led to their arrest. I do my best to make clients feel as comfortable as possible in order to provide them with the best defense. With over twenty years as a criminal defense lawyer, there is very little left that can shock me.
Solicitation of Prostitution — Penal Code 647(b)
Whether actually engaging in the act of having sex for money or merely agreeing to do so, the offense is deemed committed simply by agreeing to provide or obtain sexual pleasures for a fee.
First offenses rarely involve jail time. However, second offenses require a mandatory confinement of forty-five days.
The skilled defense attorney will seek to get a diversion program with no conviction on his client’s record. He can also get the charge reduced with significantly fewer consequences to the client.
Again, as in so many cases, experience makes a difference.
Among the most serious of charges is Forcible Rape. In most cases the investigation begins with a detective contacting the suspected person to interview them. Typically, it might start with a friendly-sounding phone call suggesting that someone has made a complaint and that it would probably be a good idea to meet the detective “just so we can get this thing cleared up.” Don’t! This is when you most would need an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Regardless of your own belief in your innocence, talking to the police to try to explain yourself is rarely if ever a good idea.
Especially when you are suspected of rape.
Unlawful Sex with a Minor — Statutory Rape
The age of consent in California is eighteen years of age. Anyone having sex with someone under the age of consent who is more than three years older than the minor can be charged with this offense.
These charges can lead to serious penalties including jail time and the possibility of have to register as a sex offender.
I’ve been successful in representing clients who were able to avoid registration. This can be even more important than avoiding jail as being forced to register makes a normal life almost impossible.