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HOW ARE SEX CRIMES HANDLED IN THE SAN FERNANDO AND VAN NUYS COURTHOUSES?

Whether your case is in Van Nuys Courthouse or San Fernando Courthouse, each of these courts have special units that deal with sex crimes. Once a sex crime is filed in one of these courthouses, a prosecutor is assigned to the case who is responsible for handling the case to completion. Each of these sex crime units have supervisors who are responsible for negotiating the cases and which charges will be filed and which charges will be dismissed. For years now I have tried both jury trials and negotiated cases against these prosecutors. The political pressure placed on them by the public, the legislature, judges and their superiors has grown quite intense.

To successfully negotiate these type of cases, a savvy sex crime defense attorney must have many tools in their arsenal. The prosecutors and judges will consider a host of factors when deciding what their position will be on a particular case. They will look at the person's criminal record, if they have a good job and family, the harm that they perceive has been caused to the victim, the age of the victim, the age of the accused and most importantly, the defendant's danger level to the community at large and their ability to be rehabilitated. When they file sex crime charges, they assume the person is guilty. However, if an experienced defense attorney can point out weaknesses in the prosecution's case, they will certainly access those weaknesses when deciding what their position will be to settle a specific case.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FACTORS THE JUDGE AND PROSECUTOR CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING WHETHER THEY WILL ATTEMPT TO MAKE A PERSON PLEAD GUILTY TO A CHARGE THAT WILL CAUSE THEM TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER?

This is obviously a very important question when it comes to the defense of a sex crime. I believe it is safe to say that no one wants to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. However, this is one of the things that prosecutors typically insist upon when it comes to the prosecution of a sex crime case in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles as a whole. Yet, there are ways to avoid registration. Certainly a win at a jury trial would get the job done. However, if this is not feasible, then really what the court and prosecutors are evaluating is your threat level. If they believe you are a high threat to the public, then they are going to use the registration system as part of a way to monitor you. If on the other hand, they can be convinced that what ever you did was an aberation and will not happen again then they can sometimes be convinced to let you plead to a charge that does not require registration for the rest of your life. There are reports that can be produced by the defense that go along way towards convincing the prosecutor to give you a break and a chance to show them that you should not have to register as a sex offender.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF IF YOU ARE BEING INVESTIGATED FOR A SEX CRIME?

The best move you can make if you are being investigated for a sex crime in Los Angeles County is to hire a seasoned local attorney. Your attorney can act as a buffer between you and law enforcement. If the police call you or come by to visit you at work or your home, you can refer them to your attorney and not answer anyof their questions. This way there is no chance of your words being twisted against you later. In fact, your attorney can call the police and let them know that they represent you and that you will not be answering any of their questions. Also, if there is a prosecutor involved in your case, your attorney can give them your side of the story without you being subjected to questioning.

Another big advantage of having an attorney pre-filing in a sex crime investigation is peace of mind. Your attorney can tell you what is going on every step of the way and continue to monitor the case on your behalf. This way you are not left completely in the dark, wondering when the police will come get you and what you will do when they grab you. You and your attorney will have already discussed this possiblity and be ready to react in a professional manner that preserves your rights and freedom. Your peace of mind and immediate protection are one phone call away. I have been defending sex crime cases in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley for 23 years and stand at the ready to help you!

IF YOU ARE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL BATTERY, DO YOU HAVE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER?

I am seeing many cases in courthouses throughout the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles where the prosecutors are taking a hardline on offenders who can not control themselves and touch a person in a sexual manner and now they are facing sex registration. There is a list of charges that qualify for sex registration. Some are just basic sex registration, while other subject the person to have their information placed on the Megan's Law website. However, what it boils down to is whether you defense attorney can negotiate a charge that does not require you to register as a sex offender or not.

There are many factors that the prosecutors and judges will consider when deciding whether a person who basically commits a sexual battery should have to register as a sex offender. They will usually have the person be subject to testing by a trained doctor who can evaluate the person's propensity to commit further such offenses or even more serious offenses. This report in Los Angeles County is called a 288.1 report and is something defense attorneys can successfully use to assist in their client not having the register as a sex offender for the rest of their life.

You should sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney who is a straight shooter and will give you a real truthful evaluation of what you are facing and what you should do in order to end up with the best possible result. Those attorneys that say a bunch of stuff to try and scare a client into hiring them are not genuine and should not be trusted. With such serious consequences at stake, you need someone to tell you the truth and really evaluate your situation with a neutral eye based on all of the surrounding circumstances.

Being charged with a sex crime can put a person's reputation and freedom on the line. Our firm prides itself on representing persons in a confidential and professional fashion. When you meet with us the consultation in our Encino law firm is under the cloak of the attorney client privilege. We will go over your case in a discreet manner and design a solution to your specific problem. Call us and set up a free face to face consultation.

A sex crime is a form or act of sexual behavior that is illegal. Many sex crimes, like rape, involve force, coercion, and/or violence. Any person who is convicted of a sex crime is considered a sex offender and must submit his/her name to the California Sex Offender Registry. There are a variety of sex crimes, the most common include: rape, statutory rape, sexual assault, child molestation, prostitution, lewd conduct, indecent exposure, and internet pornography.

Sex Crime Legal Consequences and Megan's Law
Since the passing of Megan's Law, people who have been charged with sex crimes involving a minor (person below the legal age of consent) have been aggressively prosecuted by law enforcement and California District Attorneys. Of all crimes, sex crimes tend to be the most vigorously investigated. Any person who is charged with or accused of a sex crime faces serious legal penalties such as imprisonment, restitution, fines, probation, and court ordered treatment. Additionally, people who are charged with sex crimes must deal with personal bias from family, friends, neighbors, peers, and society as a whole.

If you have been charged with or accused of a sex crime, you need to retain the services of a qualified criminal defense attorney immediately. Without the aid of a skilled sex crimes attorney, your rights may be violated during investigations, or you may make critical errors that could negatively impact your case outcome.

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys

The Hedding Law Firm has successfully represented a vast array of clients who have been charged with sex crimes. Our attorneys know that crimes of this nature demand aggressive defense tactics. We also understand the emotional turmoil our clients and their families face when sex crime charges are involved. That is why we place every effort into protecting every clients rights and best interests.

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