Sexual Misconduct Allegation Attorney in Sacramento

Mike Chastaine is recognized as one of the premier Sacramento County Sex Crime Lawyers

Sex crime allegations in California demand aggressive defense and immediate legal attention from an experienced Sacramento County sex crimes attorney. Many say that being accused of sexual misconduct is worse than being accused of murder.
Certainly, the penalties can reflect that fact. If you have been accused of a sex crime, procuring skilled legal representation to preserve your
reputation and freedom is imperative. At the Chastaine Law Office founding attorney, Mike Chastaine, has over three decades experience successfully defending clients accused of sexual misconduct.

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Our Sacramento County criminal defense attorneys are ready to fight for you. Contact The Chastaine Law Office to schedule a consultation and begin your defense today.

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What Is a Sex Crime?

In California, a sex crime involving an adult is any non-consensual act relating to unwelcomed sex or sexual touching. Sex offenses can range from suggestive behaviors or verbal abuse to physically violent attacks. Sexual misconduct involving a minor includes any sexual contact with a child.

Types of sex crimes include:

  • Rape, including statutory rape
  • Solicitation of prostitution
  • Sexual assault or abuse
  • Lewd conduct
  • Internet sex crimes
  • Child pornography
  • Molestation or sexual conduct with a minor
  • Indecent exposure or public indecency

Sex crimes are some of the most complex cases in the criminal justice system. There are special rules and specific concerns not found in other types of case.

For this reason, it is important that you contact a Sacramento County sex crime attorney to help review and build your defense as soon as possible.

California Sexual Assault Penalties

Prosecutors, judges and the public take sex crimes very seriously, and a conviction could destroy your reputation and your life. Not only will future employers and landlords be able to view this information, but it may also be seen by family, neighbors, friends, or colleagues.

The punishments for a sex crime in California can include:

  • Incarceration
  • Sex offender registration
  • Excessive fines and/or fees
  • Loss of your right to own a firearm
  • Forfeiture of assets
  • Immigration consequences

Sex Offender Registration

Under California law, if you are convicted of certain sex crimes, you are required to put yourself on a public list of sex offenders that is made available to the public. Currently, California requires that an offender be registered for life, regardless of which type of sexual offense the individual was convicted of.

However, a new bill was signed into law in 2017 that will take effect in January 2021, which designates three tiers of registration requirements based on the severity of the crime committed. Under the new law, less severe sexual crimes in Tier 1 will only require 10 years of registration (5 for minors), Tier 2 will require 20 years (10 for minors), and only Tier 3 will require lifetime registration.

Being registered as a sex offender typically prohibits you from being able to live near a school or other place where children gather, and can negatively affect your ability to gain certain forms of employment.

Types of Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Contact Our Sacramento County Sex Crime Lawyer Today

At The Chastaine Law Office, we understand how scary and confusing it can be to be charged with a sex crime. The stigma of the charges can be overwhelming.
The decision on how to proceed is difficult and requires guidance from
a skilled and experienced attorney.
When you hire our Sacramento County sex crimes attorney, we can do everything possible to fight for reduced charges or dismissal.

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