Sex crimes include rape, statutory rape, lewd conduct, prostitution, and sexual battery. In addition to possible felony charges and imprisonment, those convicted of sex crimes face sex offender registration. Depending on the severity of the crime, the registration period may range from several years to life. Registered sex offenders are restricted in where they can live and visit and their status is often public information.
Most allegations of sex crimes involve two people who knew each other. The circumstances about what exactly happened and whether consent was given are frequently unclear. Many cases turn into a he said, she said contest of credibility.
Your freedom cannot be taken away based on a theory of what might have happened. The prosecution is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt not just that sexual conduct occurred but that there was criminal intent.
In cases where you feel there are low chances of an acquittal, you still have options. It is often possible to plead to a lesser crime that avoids sex offender registration.
Ryan Birss fights for the rights of people accused of sex crimes in Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, Siskiyou, and Butte Counties. Call today to schedule a consultation.