When law enforcement levels a criminal charge, it can put your very freedom in jeopardy. The State of California takes a tough stance on crime and it has some of the harshest sentencing guidelines in the nation. Convictions for violent crimes can call mandatory minimum sentences into play. That’s why it’s imperative that you work with an experienced San Mateo County criminal defense attorney and force the government prove its case. At the Law Office of Steven A. Chase, we will fight to protect your rights.
Felony sex crimes are vigorously prosecuted in the courts and are considered among the most disturbing. But everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty and many people are not guilty as charged.
In some cases, false allegations are leveled against men and women for the wrong reasons. When you consider the stringent penalties, it’s important that everyone is held accountable in a criminal case.
- Sexual Assault: An unlawful touching of another person for the purposes of sexual gratification can carry a prison sentence of four years and thousands in fines.
- Rape: Convictions for unlawful sexual acts with people incapable of resisting or by force or duress can mean incarceration for eight years.
- Child Molestation: If convicted of sexual actions with a minor under 14, you could spend 13 years behind bars.
If you are convicted of a sex offense, it is likely the state will also require sex offender registration. The ramifications for being listed on this public portal could negatively impact where you can live, social interactions and ability to earn a decent living. It’s imperative that you have a sexual assault attorney to deal with these charges.
Defending Your Rights
Being charged with a crime doesn’t mean the prosecution can automatically secure a conviction. It isn’t uncommon that emotions and confusion led someone to make an accusation. Sometimes adults willingly engage in intimate relations but have misgivings afterwards. One of the key elements of a sex crime case is consent. Presenting a proactive argument that the events transpired between consenting adults is one of several defenses that can be made on your behalf. Others may include tainted or inconclusive forensic evidence, DNA and an alibi.
Attorney Steven A. Chase is well known in San Mateo County and acknowledged by Judges, Prosecutors, and Law Enforcement, as “one of the best trial attorneys in the county”. If you have been charged with a sex offense, it’s imperative that you work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. At the Law Office of Steven A. Chase, we have been defending people’s rights for more than 45 years.