Experienced Legal Defense for Sex Crime Allegations

Confronting sex crimes allegations, such as rape, statutory rape, or sexual assault, demands immediate and skilled legal representation due to the severe impact on your reputation and freedom. At The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi, we specialize in these sensitive cases. Our approach involves a thorough analysis of both your case and the prosecution’s tactics. With this insight, we craft a strategic defense plan aimed at mitigating or dismissing the charges. Our goal is to protect your rights and work towards the most favorable outcome under the complexities of California law.

Solicitation for Prostitution

In California, solicitation for prostitution is addressed under Penal Code Section 647(b)(1) and is classified as a misdemeanor. This law applies to anyone involved in the act of solicitation, whether they are the prostitute, the client, or a third party such as a pimp. The statute defines solicitation as an individual who solicits, agrees to engage in, or engages in any act of prostitution with the intent to receive compensation, money, or anything of value from another person.

The penalties for a violation of this section include imprisonment in a county jail for up to six months, a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both. In cases where the solicited individual is a minor, the penalties are more severe, potentially including longer jail terms and higher fines. This law reflects California’s efforts to address and penalize the act of solicitation for prostitution, emphasizing the state’s stance against commercial sexual exploitation.

Statutory Rape

California Penal Code Section 261.5 addresses statutory rape, defining it as sexual intercourse with a minor who is not the spouse of the perpetrator. The law categorizes the offense based on the age difference between the parties involved. For relationships with less than a three-year age gap, it’s treated as a misdemeanor with a maximum one-year county jail term. In cases where the age difference is greater, the charge can escalate to a felony, potentially leading to state prison sentences. Particularly for adults over 21 involved with minors under 16, the law imposes stricter penalties.

Date Rape

Date rape in California is classified as a serious felony under Penal Code Section 261. This law encompasses nonconsensual sexual intercourse obtained through force, threats, violence, drugging, duress, or fraud. Convictions for date rape carry imprisonment ranging from three to eight years. Sentences can be extended if aggravating factors, such as causing bodily harm or using a weapon, are involved. The law aims to address the severity of these offenses and ensure justice for victims while upholding due process.

Sexting and Child Pornography Charges

In California, sexting that involves explicit images of minors falls under serious legal scrutiny, particularly when it constitutes child pornography. Governed by Penal Code Section 311.1, the law criminalizes the sending, possession, or distribution of materials depicting minors in sexual acts. Convictions can lead to significant penalties, including up to one year in county jail or state prison sentences for more severe cases, and fines up to $10,000. The severity of punishment escalates with factors like the volume of material or depiction of extreme sexual acts involving minors. This legal framework underscores the state’s commitment to protecting minors from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Sex Trafficking

California Penal Code Section 236.1 specifically targets sex trafficking, defining it as violating someone’s personal liberty to force them into labor or commercial sex acts. Convictions can result in 5 to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $500,000. In more severe cases involving force or repeat offenses, penalties increase. The law also permits asset forfeiture related to trafficking activities. This legal approach reflects California’s strong stance against human trafficking and its commitment to protecting victims.

Sex Offender Charges

In California, sex offender registration is mandated under Penal Code Sections 290 to 290.5 for various sexual offenses. This includes crimes such as sexual assault, rape, and certain offenses involving minors. Being listed on the sex offender registry has significant long-term consequences, affecting areas like employment, housing, and community standing. The law specifies the criteria for registration, the duration, and the obligations of registered individuals.

Experienced Sex Crime Defense

Whether accused of rape, statutory rape, or any sex crime, we provide experienced and aggressive legal counsel. Sex crime charges can have long-lasting consequences, affecting your reputation and employability. Contact the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi today at (310) 448-1529 or through our online form to schedule a consultation. Our office is conveniently located near Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice, and Westwood. We offer flexible office hours and can even visit you in jail to discuss your case.





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