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What to Do if You Are Accused of a Sexual Crime

Posted on in Criminal Defense

San Jose sex crimes attorneys , sex crimes, sex crime charges, sexual harassment, sexual assaultOf all the criminal charges in the California legal system, sex crimes are among the most serious. In addition to eliciting a strong response from the general public, these charges are likely to have a significant impact on your career and your relationships with others. You could easily find yourself in divorce court, with your rights as a parent in jeopardy, while being out of a job and unable to secure additional employment. In these situations, it is important to take the steps necessary to protect yourself.

Five Steps to Take when Facing Sex Crime Charges

There are a variety of different types of sex crimes listed under the California Penal Code. These can range from stalking and sexual harassment, to engaging in illicit and illegal conduct online, all the way up to charges of rape and sexual assault. In any of these situations, it is important to take the following steps to protect yourself:

1. Avoid additional contact with the victim.

While you may consider the charges against you as being overstated or due to a grudge, a misunderstanding, or a case of mistaken identity, do not attempt to contact the victim. Arguing over the situation or attempting to reason with him or her will likely backfire and could end up resulting in a restraining order and additional criminal charges.

2. Avoid discussing the matter or commenting on it via social media.

While you may be inclined to want to talk about the situation with friends or to broadcast what you consider an injustice over social media, resist the urge to do so. Along with making you look bad or even guilty, anything you say can and will be used against you. To play it safe, it is best to disable all online accounts until your case is resolved.

3. Make a list of people to testify on your behalf.

Make a list of all friends, family members, coworkers, and associates in the community that may be willing to testify on your behalf regarding the situation and your good character. Do not approach these people yet, but get an idea of those who will likely be on your side and willing to defend your reputation.

4. Realize the serious nature of these crimes.

Sex crimes in San Jose are a very serious matter. In addition to jeopardizing your family life and career, they could result in fines, potential jail time, and having your name placed on the sex offender list. California sentencing guidelines have gotten increasingly harsh over the years, and even a first offense or a minor infraction will follow you the rest of your life.

5. Get an experienced San Jose criminal defense attorney on your side.

The best criminal defense begins early in your case. Particularly when dealing with sex crimes in California, you need a tough, aggressive attorney experienced in this area of law. Contact Jachimowicz Law Group and request a consultation immediately to get our dedicated San Jose sex crimes attorneys hard at work on your case.

Sources:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=PEN&division=&title=8.&part=1.&chapter=9.&article=

https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/victim_services/sentencing.html

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