Fighting For Your Rights

Fighting For Your Rights In Sex Offense Cases

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 to prove its case. At the Law Office of Steven A. Chase, I have been defending people’s rights for more than 45 years and am ready to fight for your rights today.

Understanding Common Sex Offense Charges

Felony sex crimes are vigorously prosecuted in the courts and are considered among the most disturbing by juries. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, although in sex crime cases, that presumption often flies out the window. Many people are not guilty as charged. In some cases, false allegations are leveled against men and women for a variety of reasons. When you consider the stringent penalties, up to life in prison, it’s important that defendants are properly represented in court.

  • 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: Most charges for sexual conduct with a minor under 14, are punished by up to eight years in prison. Substantial sexual conduct with a child 10 years of age or younger can result in a sentence of up to 25 years to life in prison.

Convictions for most sex offenses require lifetime registration as a sex offender. The ramifications for being listed on this public portal will negatively impact where you can live, your social interactions and your ability to earn a decent living. It’s imperative that you have a competent attorney to deal with these serious 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 afterward. One of the key elements of defense for an adult 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.

Crimes against children are some of the most difficult crimes a person may face. Substantial sexual contact with a minor 10 years of age or younger, can result in “one strike and you’re out,” for a sentence of either 15 years to life or 25 years to life. Children often delay in reporting, so it is important to hire an attorney at the earliest possible time so that witnesses may be secured before memories fade.

I am well-known throughout 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 is imperative that you work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Call me at 650-376-0864 or contact me online today for your free initial consultation.