Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
Defending The Accused Against Sex Charges for More Than Two Decades
In today’s society, there is almost nothing worse than being accused of a sex crime. In this era of “me too”, sometimes the accusation itself is enough to derail someone’s life. People are losing their families, their careers, and sometimes their freedom. If you have been charged or someone or someone is threatening to go to the police, you need to take it seriously and make sure you don’t make the situation worse.
Hiring an experienced, skilled criminal defense attorney could be the difference between not getting charged at all with a crime and possibly spending the rest of your life in prison. The stakes don’t get any higher. Criminal penalties can be harsh and result in significant jail or prison time (including life for some alleged crimes), large fines, the loss of professional licenses, and life-long registration as a sex offender.
Get an Aggressive, Hard-Hitting Legal Advocate on Your Side
If you or someone you love is under investigation for or has been arrested and/or charged with a sex crime in Los Angeles, you can’t afford to go another minute without securing legal representation.
Reliable Representation When You Need it Most
Mr. Lewin is one of the most sought after criminal defense attorneys in L.A. Over the course of two decades, he’s built a reputation as a skilled negotiator, litigator, and trial attorney who consistently obtains positive results for his clients.
He’s defended and won sex crime cases on behalf of individuals facing all types of sex crime allegations in both state and federal courts throughout Southern California including in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Ventura Counties. With him by your side, you’ll have a fighting chance to clear your name and avoid extreme punishment.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Top-Notch L.A. Sex Crime Defense Attorney
Chad Lewin offers a free, no-obligation consultation to review your case and inform you of your legal rights and options going forward. Call (800) 458-1488 today!
Don’t let fear, shame or embarrassment prevent you from getting the legal help you need. As a client, you will be treated with the utmost professionalism, compassion, and respect.
Act Now to Protect Your Future
Time is of the essence in your sex crime case. The LAPD and Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office are formidable law enforcement agencies that tenaciously investigate and prosecute sex crimes. Right now, police detectives and deputy prosecutors are working together to gather evidence against you. Their mission is to convict and punish you to the fullest extent of the law.
The sooner you hire sex crime defense lawyer Chad Lewin to take over your case, the greater the odds of achieving a favorable resolution. Mr. Lewin knows the L.A. criminal justice system inside and out. He can intervene in the early stages of an investigation and attempt to convince the District Attorney’s Office not to file charges.
If you’ve already been arrested, he can assist in the bond process and negotiate with the prosecutor with the goal of getting the charges against you dropped or reduced. If charges do end up being filed, criminal defense attorney Lewin can swiftly begin the process of building a winning defense on your behalf.
Tips When Dealing With the Authorities
When dealing with law enforcement, remember to exercise your right to remain silent. Do NOT speak to police, investigators, or detectives about your case. You must resist the urge to tell your “side of the story.” Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
Common Misdemeanor and Felony Sex Crime Charges in Los Angeles
Sex crimes in Los Angeles can be charged as misdemeanors, felonies, or wobblers. The most serious sex crimes are felony sex crimes. A felony conviction can land you in
California State Prison for many years and require lifetime sex offender registration.
Misdemeanors are less serious criminal offenses but still carry many of the same consequences as a felony, including spending time behind bars and registering as a sex offender. A wobbler offense is a crime that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on what the prosecutor decides.
Sex Crime Practice Areas
Criminal defense attorney Chad Lewin defends against a wide range of sex crime charges including:
“Straight Misdemeanor” Sex Crimes
- Lewd Conduct in Public
Felony Sex Crimes
- Rape (Penal Code 261)
- Child molestation or Lewd Act with a Minor Under 14 (Penal Code 288)
- Penetration with a Foreign Object (Penal Code 289)
- Oral Copulation (Penal Code 288a)
Wobbler Sex Crimes
- Indecent exposure (Penal Code 314)
- Unlawful Intercourse with a Minor (Statutory Rape)
- Sexual Assault and Sexual Battery
- Misdemeanor or Felony (Penal Code 243.4)
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Possession of Child Pornography
- Distribution of Child Pornography
- Annoying or Molesting a Child Under the Age of 18 ( Penal Code 647.6)
Sex Crimes Involving Children
Sex crimes involving the harming and exploitation of children are almost always charged as felonies and carry lengthy sentences in California state prison and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Common sex crimes involving children in California include but are not limited to:
- Possession or distribution of child pornography
- Child molestation or lewd or lascivious acts with a minor
- Statutory rape
- Solicitation of a minor
Sex Offender Registration in California
One of the most devastating consequences of being convicted of a sex crime is mandatory inclusion on the national and California sex offender registries. The California Sex Offender Registry is an online database that publishes your photo, address, and a description of the sex crime you’ve been convicted of. This information is accessible to the public.
Appearing on the California Sex Offender Registry can haunt you forever. It can adversely impact employment and housing opportunities, as well as your overall reputation and status in the community.
This is why Attorney Lewin makes it a top priority to do everything he possibly can to keep you off the registry. If necessary, he may pursue a plea deal that involves having you plead to a lesser offense to avoid registering as a sex offender.
California’s Three-Tiered System of Sex Offender Registration
California follows a three “tier” registration system to designate how long you need to register as a sex offender.
Tier 1 requires you to register for a minimum of 10 years. Certain misdemeanor
sex offenses and non-violent felony sex offenses fall under tier 1 including:
- Indecent exposure
- Misdemeanor child pornography
- Misdemeanor oral copulation
- Misdemeanor sexual battery
Tier 2 requires you to register for a minimum of 20 years. Tier 2 encompasses certain mid-level felonies such as:
- Oral copulation
- Acts of penetration with a foreign object
Tier 3 requires you to register for the rest of your life. The most severe sex offenses are included on this tier including:
- Child pornography trafficking
- Pimping and pandering of a minor
- Child Molestation
What Happens if I Fail to Register as a Sex Offender?
Megan’s Law mandates that convicted sex offenders must register with their local law enforcement agency every year within five days of their birthday and every time they move to a new address. Failure to register as a sex offender is a crime under California Penal Code 290 PC.
The penalties for failure to register depend on whether the original sex offense was classified as a misdemeanor or felony. For a misdemeanor, the penalty is up to one year in county jail. For a felony, the penalty is up to three years in prison.
Legal defenses that may be raised for failure to register as a sex offender often involve showing that you did not have sufficient knowledge of the registration requirement. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you.
Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney Chad Lewin
Have you been accused of a sex crime in Los Angeles? Don’t delay in getting legal help. A sex crime conviction can alter the course of your entire life. Now is the time to get a criminal defense attorney on your side that knows how to WIN.
Call the Our Team immediately to schedule a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL consultation with Chad Lewin at (800) 458-1488. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you or your loved ones.