Los Angeles Federal Sex Crime Lawyer
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Sex crime accusations are unique in that their legal consequences are almost as severe as their social consequences. The criminal penalties include prison, fines and sex offender registration. The social penalties include isolation, shame and embarrassment, as well as barriers to employment, housing, academic and recreational opportunities. These are a handful of the countless penalties you could suffer from a sex crime conviction in California.
Thus, if you are facing a sex offense charge you will need aggressive and knowledgeable legal defense from Joseph Shemaria. Our Los Angeles sex crimes defense attorney has five decades of experience handling serious sex crime charges. He is dedicated to helping clients each step of the way, even if formal charges have not been filed. With an unparalleled level of experience and recognition within the legal community, Shemaria Law Offices can deal with a wide variety of state and federal sex charges.
Types of Sex Offenses
All sex crime charges should be taken seriously, as the prosecution deems these offenses as some of the most serious crimes one can commit.
Some of the cases that our Los Angeles sex crimes defense lawyer handles are:
Child Molestation: Every person who annoys or molests any child under 18 years of age shall be punished by up to one year in jail and/or a maximum $5,000 fine. “Annoy” and “molest” refer to conduct that is motivated by a sexual interest in a child or likely to disturb, irritate or be observed by a child or children.
Lewd Conduct: Any person who solicits anyone to engage in or who engages in lewd or dissolute conduct in a public place or a place that is open to the public or exposed to public view is guilty of a misdemeanor. “Lewd” acts include any sexual contact with a child, intentionally exposing one’s intimate parts to a child, communicating indecent language to a child by any means, or any indecent conduct done with or in the presence of a child.
Child Pornography: Every person who knowingly possesses or controls any matter such as any film, filmstrip, photograph, negative, slide, videotape, computer hardware, computer software or any other computer-generated image that involves the use of a person under 18 years of age, knowing that the matter depicts a person under 18 years of age personally engaging in or simulating sexual conduct.
This felony offense can include the possession, receipt, distribution, and/or manufacture of child pornography and is punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a maximum $2,500 fine.
Sexual Battery: Any person who touches an intimate part of another person while they are unlawfully restrained by the accused or an accomplice, and if the touching is against the victim’s will and for sexual arousal, gratification or abuse, then the penalties are as follows:
- Up to one year in county jail and/or a maximum $2,000 fine
- Two, three or four years in the state prison and/or a maximum $10,000 fine
Domestic Violence: Domestic violence can include various criminal acts, including sexual assault and other serious sex crimes. If a person inflicts a corporal injury that results in a traumatic condition for the victim, the penalty will be two, three or four years in state prison or one year in county jail and/or a maximum $6,000 fine.
Failure to register as a sex offender: It is a federal offense for sex offenders required to register based on the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) to knowingly fail to register or update their registration. Sex offenders who fail to properly register can face heavy fines and up to 10 years in prison.
What is the Statute of Limitation for Child Sexual Assault Victims?
The limit as of January 2020 is until the child turns 40. Before AB 218, child sexual assault victims only had until they turn 26 to file a lawsuit against the perpetrator. Also, if they discover that their psychological distress as adults they would be given an additional three years. But with AB 218, instead of an additional three years, it is now an additional five years.
Can I Refuse to Hire a Sex Offender?
California prohibits the use of the sex offender registry data in determining employment decisions.
Experienced Legal Guidance from Attorney Joseph Shemaria
Since 1970, Los Angeles sex crime defense lawyer Joseph Shemaria has represented state and federal criminal defendants throughout the United States. Being charged with a sex crime, especially a federal sex crime, is a serious situation that should be handled with the legal expertise of Joseph Shemaria. As our attorney battles against your sex crime charges, he can draw from his invaluable experiences to boost your case.
Over 50 Years of Legal Experience
Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Board of Legal Specialization, California State Bar
Handled State & Federal Cases in 24 Individual States
Tried Over 275 Cases to a Jury
First & Youngest Attorney Ever Appointed to a Death Penalty Case
Member of the L.A. County Bar Association