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Los Angeles Sex Crimes and Megan's Law

Posted on: February 13, 2009 at 9:46 a.m.

Los Angeles sex crimes attorneys regularly battle against laws that have penalties which far outweigh the crime. Sex crimes and sexual offenses in Los Angeles are highly emotional crimes when it comes to penalties, but as most qualified Los Angeles sex crimes defense lawyers will say, the overwhelming penalties involved are unconstitutional and overaggressive.

Being charged with a sexual offense is nothing to be cavalier about. Recent trends in legislation and law enforcement make sexual offense crimes that can follow people around for the rest of their lives. In Los Angeles, convicted sex offenders are required by law to list themselves on the state's Sex Offender Registry for indefinite periods of time. This registry, which includes the home address of a listed sex offender, is accessible by the public. Any landlord, potential boss, school or neighbor will be able to look up your information and know exactly which crime you were convicted of.

Sex crimes in Los Angeles can be much more difficult to prove than any other crime, and in some cases, consent is the determining factor. However, even if explicit consent is given, it is legally invalid in cases involving a minor, the mentally incapacitated and the unconscious or intoxicated. In cases of alleged child molestation, false accusations are actually fairly common as children can easily be influenced by adults to say things that are untrue. All of these factors can be difficult to prove or disprove, and a skilled Los Angeles sex crime attorney with experience in fighting sex crime charges is essential.

Some commonly committed Los Angeles sex crimes include: rape, statutory rape (sex with a person under 18), date rape, lewd conduct, indecent exposure, sexual abuse or assault, child pornography, child molestation, prostitution, pandering (procuring the services of a prostitute for a third party) and the distribution of illegal pornography. Punishments for these sex crimes include: prison time, heavy monetary fines, restitution, court-ordered counseling, community service, probation, parole and mandatory registration with the state's Sex Offender Registry.

Don't let your life be forever changed by a sex crime accusation. If you are being accused of a sex crime, contact the attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin LLP immediately to begin preparing your defense.

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