Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles, CA

Aggressive Defense for Los Angeles County Sexual Assault Charges

In the United States, sexual assault is a serious crime that can have life-altering consequences. If you have been accused of sexual assault, it is important to understand the seriousness of the situation and the potential penalties you face.

A sexual assault conviction can result in jail time, a prison sentence, and sex offender registration. You may also lose your job, your housing, and your civil rights. In addition, you will likely suffer significant emotional trauma. A sexual assault defense lawyer can help you navigate the legal system, protect your rights, and achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Our experienced sexual assault attorneys at Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP will know how to investigate the charges against you, challenge the prosecution's evidence, and build a strong defense. If you have been accused of sexual assault, do not hesitate to contact a qualified defense lawyer who can help you protect your freedom and your future.

Facing sexual assault charges? Contact our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys right away at 800-462-7160.

How Is Sexual Assault Defined?

Sexual assault, also known as sexual battery, is defined in our state penal code as: "Any person who touches an intimate part of another person while that person is unlawfully restrained by the accused or an accomplice, and if the touching is against the will of the person touched and is for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse, is guilty of sexual battery.(California Penal Code Section 243.4)." You can see that this covers a wide variety of actions.

Sexual assault can include any non-consensual and inappropriate acts, such as:

  • Rape or attempted rape
  • Date rape
  • Molestation
  • Voyeurism
  • Fondling one's body parts
  • Forcing oral sex

As in most sex crimes, it often comes down to the word of two people; one says it happened, another says it didn't. This can make these types of charges difficult to defend as well as prosecute. The important thing is that if you have been accused of sexual assault, you will want to immediately find a sexual assault defense attorney in Los Angeles who can help to protect your rights, fight aggressively in your defense and, if necessary, take it all the way to a trial. We have extensive experience representing clients facing sexual offenses, and are able to take on a wide range of sexual assault charges.

What Are the Sexual Assault Penalties in California?

In California, sexual assault and sexual battery can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the nature of the offense. If the act involved restraining the victim, fraudulently claiming the act was for professional purposes, involved a disabled individual, or another aggravating circumstance, felony penalties may apply.

Some examples of sexual assault penalties can include:

  • Misdemeanor sexual battery: 6 months or 1 year in jail, and up to $2,000 in fines
  • Felony sexual battery: 2 to 4 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines

In addition to the penalties above, you may be required to register as a sex offender.

Potential Defenses for Sexual Assault

Being assaulted sexually, or thinking that you have been assaulted sexually, can be a very traumatizing experience for anyone. We have found that often times the truth of what has occurred is often exaggerated, or completely altered due to this fact and others, such as revenge. Our team can thoroughly investigate the details of your case and help you build a strong defense.

Some common defenses for sexual assault may include:

  • False allegations - Some victims may have ulterior motives when accusing someone of sexual assault. We can review the details to determine if the victim have a motive to fabricate or exaggerate the incident.
  • Insufficient evidence - Prosecutors must have evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the assault occurred. If there is not enough evidence to prove sexual assault, you may be able to get your charges dismissed or reduced.
  • Consent - If you had a reason to believe the contact was consensual, then we may be able to establish that you did not commit sexual assault.
  • Mistaken identity - Sometimes victims may misremember details or unintentionally accuse the wrong individual.

We understand that a lot is at stake with sexual assault accusations. You could lose your freedom, reputation, and face the possibility of life in the registry. Don't hesitate to call us and get our help to get to the truth of the matter and ensure that your rights are protected.

If you are facing sexual assault charges, contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney today.

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