June 17, 2024 | WK Law

What You Need To Know If You Are Accused of Child Molestation - Penal Code Section 288 Facing accusations of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor in California can be daunting. These charges carry severe legal implications and could dramatically impact your life. This blog aims to provide a comprehensive overview to help you understand what constitutes such acts, the potential consequences, and the steps you can take if…

Recalling Sentences: AB 600/SB 88 and Its Impact on Accused Individuals Legal reform is a dynamic force, reshaping the justice…

How Wallin & Klarich Can Help You Fight a Rape Charge In California Being accused of rape is a harrowing…

It Is Easier To Be Convicted Of A Sex Crime In California Than Other States: When Can Prior Uncharged Acts…

You Can Go To Prison For “Assuming” That A Person Has Consented To Having Sex With You | Rape Charges…

Why Hiring A Private Defense Attorney Is Critical If You Are Being Charged With A Sex Crime Being charged with…

Sex Offender Registry: Life Sentence or Can You Be Removed?  The California Sex Offender Registry is a publicly accessible database…

What is “Consent” in the Eyes of the Law?  In general, consent refers to giving permission or agreement for something…

Online Dating and Sex Crime Allegations: How to Avoid Dangerous Situations In today's digital age, it's not uncommon for people…

How You Can Remove Your Name From The Sex Offender Registry Being on the sex offender registry in California can…

The Role Of Digital Evidence In Sex Crime Cases  Sex crimes cases can be extremely complex and sensitive, often involving…

Consent vs. Non-Consent: Key Factors In Sex Crime Cases Sexual assault and rape are serious crimes that can result in…

Defending Against False Allegations of Sexual Assault  If you or a loved one has been falsely accused of sexual assault…

Clearing Your Criminal Record If you have a criminal record in California, you may be wondering if it's possible to…

How You Can Beat A Sexual Battery Charge What is Sexual Battery? In California, sexual battery, defined under California Penal…

Legal Representation In Sex Crime Cases   Sex crimes are considered to be some of the most heinous and devastating offenses…

Lewd and Lascivious Acts According To The Law Lewd and lascivious conduct refers to any sexual behavior that is considered…

Everything You Need To Know About California Pornography Law In California, there are a variety of laws that define and…

3 Things To Know Before Hiring An Attorney In Irvine, CA 

September 22, 2023 | Stephen Klarich

3 Things To Know Before Hiring An Attorney  Do you need a defense attorney in Irvine, California? It's important to…

While many people believe that they have their freedom back after registering as a sex offender, there are many things…

600 Sexual Assault Cases Involving Juveniles in LA County The number of sexual assault cases filed against LA County continues…

Judges Have Discretion Not to Impose Strike Punishment for Sex Crimes California’s One Strike Law imposes significantly harsher sentences for…

Expungement Made Easier for Sex Crimes in California Expunging a sex crime from your record can be notoriously difficult. However,…

Child Sexual Abuse Claims Rise in LA County

May 10, 2023 | Stephen Klarich

Child Sexual Abuse Claims Rise in LA County This week, nine new sexual abuse complaints have been filed against Los…

What to Do When You Are Under Investigation for a Sex Crime In California, sex crimes are heavily prosecuted and…

5 Things Sex Offenders Cannot Do in California

April 19, 2023 | Stephen Klarich

5 Things Sex Offenders Cannot Do in California California enforces strict laws regarding sex crimes and imposes serious penalties for…

People v. Thai: Petitioning for Termination from the Sex Offender Registry Under California Penal Code Section 290, people convicted of…

California’s Spousal Rape Laws and Penalties

April 5, 2023 | Stephen Klarich

California's Spousal Rape Laws and Penalties Until October 2021, spousal rape was a criminal offense under California Penal Code Section…

What Do California Juries Look for to Determine Guilt in Sex Crimes? Although criminal defendants are supposed to be presumed…

AB 229 Classifying Certain Sex Crimes as Violent Crimes Voted Down in California In California, offenses classified as violent crimes…

California’s Extended Statute of Limitations on Childhood Sex Crimes  What Is AB 218?  Because sex crimes against minors are prosecuted…

While most people know that child pornography is illegal, many are unaware that certain pornography involving adults can be unlawful…

Fraud Can Be a Sex Crime in California

October 5, 2022 | Stephen Klarich

Fraud Can Be a Sex Crime in California Under California Penal Code Section 261, rape is the crime of using…

Are Escort Services Legal in California?

September 18, 2022 | Stephen Klarich

Are Escort Services Legal in California? What Are Escort Services?  In general, escorts are people who provide their companionship to…

People v. Peyton: California’s Sexually Violent Predator Act Under California Welfare and Institutions Code, a person who was previously designated…

The Turpin Children: Sexual Abuse in California Foster Homes The Case of the Turpin Children  The tragic case of the…

Is Prior Sexual Intercourse Evidence of Consent?

July 20, 2022 | Stephen Klarich

Is Prior Sexual Intercourse Evidence of Consent? Despite any prior consensual sexual relations, a defendant can still be found guilty…

What Are Pimping and Pandering and What Are the Consequences? What Is Pimping and Pandering?  Pimping and pandering are two…

What to Know About Sextortion in California

July 5, 2022 | Stephen Klarich

What to Know About Sextortion in California What Is Sextortion?  Sextortion, otherwise known as sexual extortion, is a category of…

California’s Current Loitering for Prostitution Laws  Commonly referred to as the “world’s oldest profession,” prostitution is the practice of engaging…

Assembly Bill 218: The Lookback Window   In 2019, California passed a new law that opened up a three-year window for…

California's Castration Law for Sex Offenders (PC Section 645)  Chemical Castration for Sex Offenders  Several states, including California, Florida, Texas,…

Sexting Laws in California 

June 3, 2022 | Stephen Klarich

Sexting Laws in California What Is Sexting?   Sexting refers to the sending of sexually explicit messages and pictures through text…

Sex Crime Charges After A Minor Lied About Their Age If you met or engaged in sex with someone you…

Consensual Sex & Statutory Rape In Southern California Have you been charged with statutory rape after engaging in consensual sex…

How To Avoid Being Falsely Accused of a Sex Crime During the Summer (or any other season) Violent crimes such…

5 Reasons To Hire Our Sex Crime Defense Attorneys

March 22, 2022 | Stephen Klarich

5 Reasons To Hire Our Sex Crime Defense Attorneys Being accused of a sex crime is overwhelming. These types of…

Will I Have to Move My Residence if I am Convicted of a Sex Crime in Orange County? Being convicted…

3 Potential Defenses to Child Molestation Cases

August 9, 2021 | Stephen Klarich

3 Potential Defenses to Child Molestation Cases Child molestation is a very serious crime. Like all serious crimes, the repercussions…

If The Trial Court Makes An Error, You Have A Good Shot At Having Your Conviction Reversed If you or…

Conviction Reversed Based on Insufficient Evidence That Defendant  Annoyed or Molested a Child Defendant Bruce Clotfelter was charged with Penal…

Federal Court Grants Significant Downward Departure In Child Pornography Sentencing A Wallin and Klarich client was sentenced this week after…

BILL COSBY SEXUAL ASSAULT CONVICTION REVERSED BY PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT: WHAT THIS MAY MEAN FOR FUTURE SEX CRIME PROSECUTIONS IN…

Is the U.S. Government Required to Prove that a Victim Did Not Consent In Sex Crimes? In U.S. v. Price,…

Know your rights: Child Pornography Cases & Warrantless Searches A conviction for a sex crime can have devastating and lasting…

  California Man is Confined for 13-Years as Sexually Violent Predator While Prosecutors and Defense Display Negligence    Terrance Butler…

For ‘One Strike’ Law’s Multiple Victim Circumstance to Apply, Must Allege Multiple Victims in “Present Case or Cases” Defendant, Jeffery…

NEW LAW TAKES EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2021 THAT COULD LEAD TO YOU BEING REMOVED FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO REGISTER AS…

Can You Confront Your Accuser in a Sex Abuse Case?

November 14, 2019 | Stephen Klarich

Can You Confront Your Accuser in a Sex Abuse Case? Within the United States Constitution, the Sixth Amendment has long…

Winning a Sex Crime Case Begins with Winning Over the Jury Every year in California innocent people are arrested and…

Things You Should Know About Being a California Registered Sex Offender on Halloween Psychiatrists say people who fear or have…

After-school programs are usually a positive thing for a community. Parents who can’t be home from work have a place…

How Social Media Can Land You in Prison for Talking to a Minor The society we live in now is…

Protecting Yourself Against False Accusations of Child Molestation Child molestation is a broader crime than most people realize. Most people…

Is There a Statute of Limitations on Child Molestation [PC 288]? California Penal Code 288 defines the crime of lewd…

The Elements of Indecent Exposure (PC 314)

April 4, 2019 | Stephen Klarich

The Elements of Indecent Exposure (PC 314) What is considered “indecent” to you? This is relative to each individual and…

Senate Bill Could Terminate Registration Requirements for Certain Offenders The California sex offender registry will undergo drastic changes in 2021,…

The Differences Between Child Molestation and Lewd Acts with a Minor The term “child molestation” could refer to a few…

List of Sex Crimes in Each Tier Under California’s Tiered Registry System If you are convicted of a sex crime…

Democratic state senator Scott Wiener recently detailed his plans for bills he will be introducing in 2019. He plans a…

The Crime of Sending Harmful Matter to Seduce a Minor (PC 288.2) What happens if you send pornography to a…

Federal Child Pornography Laws (18 U.S.C. Section 2256)

February 14, 2019 | Stephen Klarich

Federal Child Pornography Laws (18 U.S.C. Section 2256) California has many laws regarding child pornography offenses. However, because child pornography…

Can a Child Be Charged with Child Molestation? (PC 288)

February 5, 2019 | Stephen Klarich

Can a Child Be Charged with Child Molestation? (PC 288) In nearly one-third of all sex crimes cases in which…

What is a Pretext Phone Call in a Sex Crimes Case?

January 31, 2019 | Stephen Klarich

What is a Pretext Phone Call in a Sex Crimes Case? If you are under investigation for a sex crime,…

Touching a Child Anywhere Can Be Child Molestation under PC 288(a) Most people assume that child molestation only occurs when…

Mandatory Reporters Required to Report Suspected Child Pornography Activity Some laws exist to protect those who need the most protection.…

When Do You Have to Register as a Sex Offender after Release from Custody? If you are convicted of a…

Are Sex Offenders Banned from Living Near Parks and Schools? When you are convicted of a sex crime and required…

Can Minors Be Convicted of Possessing or Distributing Child Pornography? Parents in the 21st century know the debate well: Do…

What is the Crime of Rape by Fraud? (PC 261)

December 6, 2018 | Stephen Klarich

What is the Crime of Rape by Fraud? (PC 261) Under California Penal Code Section 261, it is illegal to…

What is Revenge Porn? (PC 647(j)(4))

December 4, 2018 | Stephen Klarich

What is Revenge Porn? (PC 647(j)(4)) You are probably familiar with the term “revenge porn.” Laws making revenge porn illegal…

Is Being Drunk a Valid Defense to Rape Charges? (PC 261)

November 15, 2018 | Stephen Klarich

Is Being Drunk a Valid Defense to Rape Charges? (PC 261) While most people are aware that a person’s consent…

New California Law Helps Sex Offenders Return to Their Homes (PC 3003) Passed in 2006, Jessica’s Law prohibits any registered…

Halloween and Operation Boo: What’cha Gonna Do When They Come for You? Like Halloween itself, it has become an annual…

Is it a Crime to Set Up a Meeting with a Minor? (PC 288.4) While using a dating app, you…

What is the Crime of Attempted Rape? (PC 261 and PC 21a) After a date, you take your date back…

Is Rape Considered a Violent Crime? (PC 261)

September 20, 2018 | Stephen Klarich

Is Rape Considered a Violent Crime? (PC 261) Most everyone understands that rape is a serious criminal offense, but many…

I was Arrested for Soliciting a Prostitute. How Can I Get My Case Dismissed? In California, police often set up…

Phone Scam Targets Sex Offenders in California

September 11, 2018 | Stephen Klarich

Phone Scam Targets Sex Offenders in California If you were convicted of a sex crime, you will likely have to…

The Difference Between Sexual Battery and Rape

August 14, 2018 | Stephen Klarich

The Difference Between Sexual Battery and Rape While pretty much everyone has heard the terms “sexual battery” and “rape,” there…

Is Sexual Battery a Felony? (PC 243.4)

July 26, 2018 | Stephen Klarich

Is Sexual Battery a Felony? (PC 243.4) California Penal Code Section 243.4 defines the crime of sexual battery as the…

Punishment for Oral Copulation in California – PC 288a(c)(2) In order to convict you of committing oral copulation by force…

Court Rules Residency Restrictions on Sex Offenders Can Only Apply to Parolees If you are a registered sex offender, the…

Wallin & Klarich was established in 1981 and throughout the past 38 years, our law firm has provided outstanding and…

Do I Have to Register As a Sex Offender for a Crime Committed Outside of California? (PC 290) If you…

What Must the Prosecution Prove to Convict You of Revenge Porn? (PC 647(j)(4)) You could face up to six months…

Online Dating Scam Could Lead to You Facing Charges for Contacting a Minor Over the past six months, our sex…

11 Ways To Disprove False Rape Allegations (California Penal Code Section 261) If you are convicted of rape in California…

Does California Have Romeo and Juliet Laws? (PC 261.5) William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a literary classic. The tragic…

Most people in the general public have a broad perception that rape is a crime that involves sexually forcing yourself upon…

In 2016, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 57, which allowed inmates who were convicted of non-violent felonies to seek early…

Certificate of Rehabilitation and the New Sex Offender Registry Law Lawmakers passed legislation in 2017 that will lead to a…

What You Need to Know About California’s Revenge Porn Law (PC 647(j)(4)) In 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate…

Alert: Tiered Sex Offender Registration System Takes Effect Jan. 1, 2021 in California (Senate Bill 384) California lawmakers have introduced…

If you are convicted of a sex crime in California, you will likely face the harsh punishment of registration as…

The Difference Between Statutory Rape and Rape in California The crimes of statutory rape and rape are often confused. Although…

California Tiered Registry Bill Fails to Pass

September 14, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

California has some of the harshest punishments for people who commit sex crimes. In most cases, you will be required…

Victorville Repeals Sex Offender Residency Restrictions If you are convicted of a sex crime in California, you will likely have…

What Does Peeping Tom Mean Under California Law?

August 30, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

What Does Peeping Tom Mean Under California Law? “Peeping tom” is a term you may have heard before. In layman’s…

Can I Be Guilty of Lewd Acts in Public for Being Naked in My Home? (PC 647(a)) One of the…

Lewd Acts with a Minor: Signs of Abuse as Evidence (PC 288(a)) Lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under…

Punishment if You Are Convicted of Soliciting a Prostitute (Penal Code 647b) You may think prostitution is an innocent crime…

Are All Sex Offenders on Megan’s Law?

June 1, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

Are All Sex Offenders on Megan’s Law? If you are convicted of a sex crime in California, you will likely…

Is It Rape to Have Sex with Someone Who is Drunk? (PC 261) You go out on a date with…

Can You Get a Sex Crime Expunged? (PC 1203.4)

May 16, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

Can You Get a Sex Crime Expunged? (PC 1203.4) A sex crime conviction could follow you around for the rest…

What Makes a Sex Crime a Federal Offense?

May 9, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

What Makes a Sex Crime a Federal Offense? The criminal justice system in the United States is complicated. Not only…

Take a Selfie, Go to Jail for Child Pornography? (PC 311) If you have any experience with social media, you…

How to Beat a Sexual Battery Charge (PC 243.4)

May 2, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

How to Beat a Sexual Battery Charge (PC 243.4) Under California Penal Code Section 243.4, sexual battery is defined as:…

A Child Molestation Conviction Will Destroy Your Life If ever there were a need for a Los Angeles sex crime…

What Constitutes a Lewd Act? (PC 647(a))

April 11, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

What Constitutes a Lewd Act? (PC 647(a)) Being accused of committing a “lewd act” is a very serious crime. Depending…

8 Things You Can Do to Help a Loved One Facing Rape Charges in Anaheim Rape is one of the…

5 Favorable Plea Bargains for Teachers Charged With Sex Crimes Sex crimes involving minors are prosecuted very seriously in the…

California Oral Copulation Sentencing Guidelines

March 14, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

California Oral Copulation Sentencing Guidelines In California, oral copulation is defined as any contact, no matter how slight, between the…

8 Things to Do Before Rape Charges are Filed Against You Rape is a serious charge that can affect your…

California Statutes of Limitation for Forcible Penetration with a Foreign Object (Penal Code Sections 289, 801.1 through 803) California law…

What Is the Statute of Limitations For Child Molestation?

February 28, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

What Is the Statute of Limitations For Child Molestation? Being accused of a sex crime can be a very emotionally…

What is Forcible Penetration with a Foreign Object? (Penal Code Section 289 PC) In California, rape is defined as forcing…

Child Pornography and the Age of Consent (PC 311)

February 21, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

Child Pornography and the Age of Consent (PC 311) In this country, there are many different sets of laws, and…

Should California Change HIV Disclosure Laws?

February 16, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

Should California Change HIV Disclosure Laws? California law makes it a crime to intentionally transmit or expose others to highly…

Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (PC 311.3)

February 14, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (PC 311.3) Child pornography crimes in California are very complex. The law is actually divided…

Intent: The Key Element in a Lewd Acts with a Minor Case (PC 288) In many criminal cases, whether someone…

What are Misdemeanor Sex Crimes in California?

February 2, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

What are Misdemeanor Sex Crimes in California? In California, there are several types of crimes, including infractions, misdemeanors and felonies.…

What Crimes Trigger Sex Offender Registration in California? Under California Penal Code Section 290, anyone convicted of certain sex crimes…

What is Child Molestation under California Law?

January 26, 2017 | Stephen Klarich

What is Child Molestation under California Law? Child molestation crimes are taken very seriously in California. There is a certain…

Did California Really Legalize Prostitution for Minors? (PC 647) Sometimes, our lawmakers pass laws that appear to defy logic and…

Disproving Myths About the California Sex Offender Registry (PC 290) Anyone who has been required to register as a sex…

Can You Be Charged with Child Molestation Without Touching a Child? (PC 647.6) There are often differences between what the…

Can You Be Charged with a Child Pornography Crime if You Thought the Images Depicted Adults? (PC 311.11) You could…

Can You Be Charged with a Child Pornography Crime for Watching Anime? One of the core principles of our justice…

What is the Statute of Limitations for Oral Copulation with a Minor? (PC 288a) A statute of limitations is essentially…

Is it Statutory Rape When Two Minors Have Sex? (PC 261.5)

November 17, 2016 | Stephen Klarich

Is it Statutory Rape When Two Minors Have Sex? (PC 261.5) The criminal justice system functions best when people understand…

Is it Illegal to Watch Pornography in Public?

November 3, 2016 | Stephen Klarich

Is it Illegal to Watch Pornography in Public? These days, you have internet access basically everywhere you go. You can…

Is it Illegal to Have Oral Sex While Driving?

November 1, 2016 | Stephen Klarich

Is it Illegal to Have Oral Sex While Driving? You just went on a great date with your significant other.…

Statutory Rape in California (PC 261.5)

September 27, 2016 | Stephen Klarich

Statutory Rape in California (PC 261.5) Under California Penal Code Section 261.5, it is illegal for you to have sexual…

New California Rape Law: Everything You Need to Know (PC 263.1) In the months since Stanford student Brock Turner was…

Registered Sex Offenders in Tustin Now Able to Find Housing If you are convicted of a sex crime, you will…

How to Stop Sex Offender Registration for PC 314

August 29, 2016 | Stephen Klarich

How to Stop Sex Offender Registration for PC 314 If you were convicted of a sex crime, you were probably…

8 Common Probation Conditions for Sex Offenders

August 25, 2016 | Stephen Klarich

8 Common Probation Conditions for Sex Offenders If you are granted probation as part of your sentence in California, there…

Should Sex Offenders Have to Turn Over Their Email Addresses and Online Information? Under Megan’s Law in California, the name,…

Does a Minor Need to Register as a Sex Offender?

August 4, 2016 | Stephen Klarich

Does a Minor Need to Register as a Sex Offender? In many cases involving criminal acts, a minor does not…

How to Stop Sex Offender Registration for PC 647.6

August 2, 2016 | Stephen Klarich

How to Stop Sex Offender Registration for PC 647.6 If you’ve been convicted of a sex crime, you will probably…

What is Distribution of Child Pornography? (PC 311.1(a)) When most people think of child pornography crimes, they likely think of…

Early Termination of Probation for Sex Offenders

July 14, 2016 | Stephen Klarich

Early Termination of Probation for Sex Offenders If you were put on probation as part of your sentence in California,…

Credibility: The Most Important Factor in Sex Crimes Cases There is rarely a criminal case where the truth is absolutely…

Is Mistake of Age a Valid Defense in a Child Molestation Case? When charged with a sex crime against a…

What Lies Within: Child Pornography and Used Computers The technology industry thrives on “planned obsolescence,” which is a concept where…

The DNA Exception Rule: A Way Around the Statute of Limitations Recently, comedian Bill Cosby was accused of sexual assault…

Child on Child Sexual Abuse: Will I Be Tried as an Adult? When you think of sexual abuse against a…

The Lack of Intent Defense in Child Molestation Cases If you are being charged with child molestation, you face severe…

Online Child Molestation: Can You Be Convicted if You Never Touched the Victim? Is it possible to commit child molestation…

How Reliable are Sex Offender Registries?

February 18, 2016 | Stephen Klarich

How Reliable are Sex Offender Registries? Imagine you come home from work and turn on the local news. The station…

Is it Rape if Your Partner Changed His/Her Mind During Intercourse? When rape is portrayed in television or in movies,…

California Courts Lift Housing Ban on Registered Sex Offenders One of the more difficult problems that registered sex offenders face…

Should There Be No Statute of Limitations on Rape in California? In the wake of the Bill Cosby sexual assault…

Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Charges Prove Time Doesn’t Provide Immunity from Penalties The district attorney’s office of Montgomery County, Penn.,…

Does the Sex Offender Registry Put Offenders in Danger?

December 29, 2015 | Stephen Klarich

Does the Sex Offender Registry Put Offenders in Danger? California law gives everyone the ability to find out whether a…

Psychological Evidence in Sex Cases

December 17, 2015 | Stephen Klarich

Psychological Evidence in Sex Cases Sex crime cases are very complicated, and there are many aspects involved. Whether your attorney…

“Physical Evidence” in Child Molestation Cases

December 8, 2015 | Stephen Klarich

“Physical Evidence” in Child Molestation Cases There is perhaps no crime for which an accusation is more damaging to a…

Is not knowing the material depicted minors a defense to child porn possession? Child pornography charges carry serious consequences, and…

Harassment of Registered Sex Offenders

November 17, 2015 | Stephen Klarich

Harassment of Registered Sex Offenders California has required the registration of convicted sex offenders with local law enforcement agencies since…

Probation Eligibility for Child Pornography Convictions in Los Angeles Are you facing child pornography charges in Los Angeles? If so,…

Sex Offender Registration Loopholes are Not the Solution You’re Looking For In California, most individuals convicted of a sex crime…

Deleting Child Pornography from Your Computer Doesn’t Remove it from Your Hard Drive - PC 311.11(a). If you think that…

Child Pornography Sting Operations: What Can You Do?

October 29, 2015 | Stephen Klarich

Child Pornography Sting Operations: What Can You Do? Under California Penal Code Section 311, it is illegal to produce, advertise,…

Can a Sex Offender Go on a School or University Campus?

October 22, 2015 | Stephen Klarich

Can a Sex Offender Go on a School or University Campus? If you are convicted of a sex offense in…

How Failing to Register As a Sex Offender Can Lead to Federal Charges If you are convicted of any one…

Can Police Dogs Smell Child Pornography?

October 13, 2015 | Stephen Klarich

Can Police Dogs Smell Child Pornography? Drug-sniffing dogs have long been used by police to sniff for drugs in order…

Is Sodomy Always a Crime in California?

October 8, 2015 | Stephen Klarich

Is Sodomy Always a Crime in California? Sodomy is a crime in California, but that does not mean that sodomy…

When Is It a Crime to Speak to a Minor?

September 1, 2015 | Stephen Klarich

When Is It a Crime to Speak to a Minor? These days, social media and technology make it easier than…

Sex Offender’s Guide to Finding a Job

August 26, 2015 | Stephen Klarich

Sex Offender’s Guide to Finding a Job For anyone with a criminal record, finding and maintaining employment is the first…

5 Questions to Ask Before You Plead Guilty to a Sex Crime Many people accused of a sex crime will…

Are Sexual Consent Contracts a Valid Defense to Rape Charges? Recently, a company began selling what it is calling a…

Can You Be Arrested for Simply Talking to a Prostitute? (California Penal Code Section 647(b)) Police in Temecula have been…

Can a Child Under 14 Be Prosecuted for Child Sex Abuse? When it comes to sex crimes, much of the…

5 Things to Expect if You are Charged with Sexual Battery in Los Angeles County Allegations of sexual battery in…

Benefits of Having a Felony Sex Crime Reduced to a Misdemeanor A conviction for a felony sex crime can have…

Can Failing to Register Be a Strike under California Three Strikes Law? Under California Penal Code Section 290, those convicted…

How a Sex Crime Can Send You to Prison for the Rest of Your Life (PC 667.61) When we think…

Could Prostitution Be Legal in California Soon?

June 11, 2015 | Stephen Klarich

Could Prostitution Be Legal in California Soon? Saying that current California prostitution laws violate their right to privacy and their…

Admitting Your Criminal Conviction on School Applications (PC 1203.4) Having a criminal record can create a lot of obstacles in…

Is There a Difference Between a Sex Offender and a Pedophile? Jacuzzi. Xerox. Photoshop. What do these words have in…

How Do You Register as a Sex Offender if You are Homeless? (PC 290) If you are a sex offender,…

The Waiting Game: An Explanation of the Waiting Periods for a Certificate of Rehabilitation and Governor’s Pardons Maintaining a clean…

Music Festivals: A Hunting Ground for Sexual Predators? For many young people, April is the last bit of gloominess before…

What Happens if You Fail to Update Your Address in the California Sex Offender Registry? (PC 290) Anyone who is…

Can You Be Charged with Indecent Exposure for Exposing Your Breasts? (PC 314) On an unseasonably warm January day, a…

Overturning Jessica’s Law in San Diego Leaves California Confused In a recent ruling, the California Supreme Court overturned Jessica’s Law,…

Defenses to Statutory Rape Charges – PC Section 261.5 You recently had sexual intercourse with a female that you met…

Buying a Home as a Registered Sex Offender

April 16, 2015 | Stephen Klarich

Buying a Home as a Registered Sex Offender If you have ever found yourself in the market for a new…

The Dangers of Representing Yourself in a Child Molestation Case There is an old saying in law: “A lawyer who…

California Supreme Court Overturns 'Jessica's Law,' Sex Offender Residency Restrictions The California Supreme Court recently overturned blanket residency restrictions for…

What the Prosecution Needs to Prove to Convict You of Oral Copulation (PC 288a) Under California under Penal Code Section…

Oral Copulation with a Minor: Is Consent a Valid Defense? (California Penal Code Section 288a) Oral copulation with a minor…

Is it a Crime for an 18-Year-Old to Hug and Kiss a 17-year-old? | California Penal Code section 647.6 Most…

I am accused of statutory rape even though everything was consensual Attending prom is supposed to be a milestone in…

The Blurry Line Between Escort Services and Prostitution Pretty Woman made Julia Roberts into a star almost overnight. She had…

What the Stephen Collins Interview Can Teach Us about Sex Offenders Recently, actor Stephen Collins, former “7th Heaven” star, was…

Can Possession of Adult Porn Be Considered a Crime (California Penal Code Sections 311, 311.5, 311.9) When a California school…

Federal Appeal Court Rules Registered Sex Offenders Don’t Have to Report Internet Use The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently…

Is It a Crime to Masturbate in Your Own Home?

December 16, 2014 | Stephen Klarich

Is It a Crime to Masturbate in Your Own Home? "Having sex is like playing bridge. If you don't have…

Is Entrapment a Legal Defense When Sting Operations Were Used to Arrest Me? Before knowing if you can use entrapment…

The Sex Offender Registry: A Lifetime of Punishment

December 4, 2014 | Stephen Klarich

The Sex Offender Registry: A Lifetime of Punishment There is almost no category of criminal offenses that carries the kind…

Enhancements to Child Pornography Charges (California Penal Code Section 311) Being accused of possessing, producing, promoting, importing, or distributing child…

What is Federal Sex Tourism and What are the Consequences? Every year, over one million children are abused in the…

What to Expect When Dating a Sex Offender

November 13, 2014 | Stephen Klarich

What to Expect When Dating a Sex Offender If you are dating a sex offender in California there are certain…

PC 803(f) Extends the Limitations Period for Sexual Offenses Committed Against Minors According to California Penal Code section 803(f)(1), a…

Can Police Search Your Computer if You Take it to a Repair Shop? Unless you are a tech wizard, you…

How to Avoid False Accusations of Rape for College Students The first semester at college can be an exciting time…

How Far Away Do Sex Offenders Really Have to Live From Schools? If you are a registered sex offender it…

Do You Have to Register as a Sex Offender for Indecent Exposure? (California Penal Code Section 314) Suppose on a…

A Guide to International Traveling for Registered Sex Offenders Having to register as sex offender carries a stigma unlike any…

Is Having Sex in a Car Illegal?

September 11, 2014 | Stephen Klarich

Is Having Sex in a Car Illegal? Friday nights are the best nights. The week is done, and there is…

When is Child Pornography a Federal Crime?

September 9, 2014 | Stephen Klarich

When is Child Pornography a Federal Crime? A charge of production, possession, distribution, or receiving child pornography is one of…

Is it Illegal to Give Porn to a Minor? (California Penal Code Sections 288.2 and 313) The Internet has given…

What is Sextortion and What are the Penalties for Sextortion? Extortion is the use of non-physical force to compel another…

Will Law Enforcement Notify Your New Neighborhood of Your Sex Offender Status Once You Move In? If you are a…

Does Having Sex When HIV Positive Make You a Sex Offender? Are people who are HIV positive required to disclose…

What Constitutes Child Porn? (California Penal Code Sections 311.1-311.11) Crimes relating to child pornography are treated very seriously by the…

Instagram and Child Pornography: How to Protect Yourself At least two Instagram accounts have been reportedly linked to child pornography,…

Differences between Sexual Battery and Sexual Battery by Fraud (Penal Code sections 243.4, 243.4 (c)) Sexual battery by fraud is…

5 Tips to Safely and Legally Use Online Dating Apps The world of online dating has taken a dramatic turn…

Do You Have to Notify Your Child’s School if You Are a Sex Offender? (California Penal Code Section 290) Under…

Defenses to a Sodomy Charge

June 24, 2014 | Stephen Klarich

Defenses to a Sodomy Charge Being accused of sodomy can be an emotionally damaging experience. The stigma of a sodomy…

Orange County Has First Human Trafficking Case Under New Laws Recently, a convicted drug dealer was sentenced to 17 years…

Should Ice Cream Truck Vendors Be Subject to Criminal Background Checks? The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering…

California Supreme Court: Decisions to Invalidate Local Sex Offender Ordinances Stand The California Supreme Court declined to grant Orange County…

How Befriending Minors through Online Games Can Be Game Over for You - Solicitation of a Minor Recently, a man…

Penalties under Federal Law for Solicitation of a Minor (United States Code 18 Section 2422, 2423) In the state of…

Should a Juvenile Sex Offender Be Required to Register? In 2006, Congress enacted the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety…

It Doesn’t Always Take 2 to Tango: How Chatting with Minors through Phone Apps Can Land You in Big Trouble…

Are Sex Offenders’ Rights Too Restricted?

April 29, 2014 | Stephen Klarich

Are Sex Offenders' Rights Too Restricted? Since 2004, convicted sex offenders have been required to register with local law enforcement under…

Can an Emancipated Minor Legally Consent to Having Sex? In the state of California, is it generally understood that it…

6 Lesser Known Ways You Can Be Found in Possession of Child Pornography When someone is charged with a child…

Minors Cannot Legally Consent to Sex (California PC 261.5) Statutory rape is very different from rape in that it does…

What are the Differences Between a Federal and State Child Pornography Charge? Being accused of a child pornography crime can…

You Can Be Charged for Oral Copulation Decades after the Alleged Offense Occurred (Penal Code Sections 288a, 800 through 803)…

6 Reasons Why You Should Never Chat with Minors Online Online chatting may seem like a way for you to…

Could You Be Labeled a Sex Offender for Streaking?

March 25, 2014 | Stephen Klarich

Could You Be Labeled a Sex Offender for Streaking? The family of Christian Adamek will forever mourn his fateful decision…

10 Assumptions about Sex Offenders that are Usually Wrong It is easy to believe certain stereotypes about sex offenders as…

The Consequences of a Conviction for Forcible Penetration with a Foreign Object Can Last a Lifetime (PC 289) Most people…

When Attempted Rape is Not a Violent Crime

March 13, 2014 | Stephen Klarich

When Attempted Rape is Not a Violent Crime Attempted rape falls under a violation of California Penal Code 261 and…

What is the California Rape Shield Law? (California Evidence Code 1103) Under California Evidence Code Section 1103, a defendant in…

How Can a Child Be Charged with Child Pornography? (California PC 311) What Does “Child Pornography” Mean under California’s Laws?…

Super Bowl Prostitution Ring Busted: Consequences of Sex Trafficking in California, Pimping & Pandering (Penal Code Sections 266i and 266h,…

Consequences of Online Enticement of a Minor for Sexual Activity (Penal Code Section 288.4) Lawmakers are particularly concerned about harm…

Expungement for Child Pornography in California No Longer Available but There's Still Hope (Penal Code Section 1203.4) When it comes…

Nevada Sex Offender Law May Impact California Sex Offender Registrants Following guidelines set under federal sex offender registration requirements, the…

Retroactive Federal Sex Offender Registration May Not Apply If you have been convicted of a crime requiring sex offender registration,…

DNA Sample Requirement in CA Child Molestation Charges Does Not Violate Your Fourth Amendment Rights – PC 296 California law…

Los Angeles Sex Offender Registration Requirements

December 10, 2013 | Stephen Klarich

Los Angeles Sex Offender Registration Requirements Sex offender registration is a lifetime requirement for anyone residing, working or attending school…

Restrictions for Registered Sex Offenders Living or Working in Pomona - PC 290 California is known nationally for the severe…

California Rules Sex Offender Treatment Program Requirement Cannot be Retroactively Applied Sex offenders who were sentenced prior to when an…

How to Get off Megan's Law in Hemet for PC 288(a) Convictions? California’s Megan’s Law is designed to provide the…

Facing Child Molestation Charges in Hemet Under PC 288(a) California Penal Code sec. 288(a) governs the crime of lewd or…

Ending Sex Offender Registration for Lewd Acts with 14-15 Year Old 10 Years Younger in Costa Mesa – Penal Code…

Ending Sex Offender Registration in Costa Mesa for Child Molest – PC647.6 Anyone who must register as a sex offender…

Will Sex Offenders be Required to Register Their Online Accounts? – Update on Prop. 35 Temporary Injunction Proposition 35, the…

Maximum Parole Revocation for Sex Offenders Who Cut Off GPS Devices – Senate Bill 57 More than any other category…

Penalties for Prostitution – PC 647(b)

September 3, 2013 | Stephen Klarich

Penalties for Prostitution – PC 647(b) You are a struggling college student. Unable to make your tuition payments, you agreed…

Are you facing statutory rape charges (California Penal Code 261.5)? You are chatting online with a woman that you believe…

Sex Crimes that Are a 3rd Strike (PC 1192.7 and PC 667.5) In 2012, California voters passed Proposition 36, which…

Will I Have To Register As A Sex Offender If I Am Convicted Of Possession Of Child Pornography? PC 311.11…

I have been charged with engaging in lewd acts in a public place. What sentence do I face? (CPC 647(a))…

The possible punishment you face for a misdemeanor conviction under California Penal Code Section 647.6 for child molestation could have…

I have been charged with agreeing to engage in prostitution. What are the consequences? (CPC 647(b)) In California, it is…

Will I have to register as a sex offender in San Bernardino if I am convicted of child molestation? (PC…

Under California Penal Code section 261, rape is defined as an act of sexual intercourse with someone other than your…

Worst Punishments for Rape in San Bernardino (PC 261) Under California Penal Code section 261, rape is defined as an…

What do I need to know before I hire a Riverside Indecent Exposure attorney? (PC 314) Before hiring a Riverside…

Indecent Exposure Charges in San Bernardino Under California Penal Code 314, it is illegal to willfully and lewdly expose your…

Los Angeles sex crimes attorney can help dismiss Indecent Exposure Charges (PC 314) Indecent Exposure Charges in Los Angeles What…

I have been arrested for soliciting a prostitute, how can I get my case dismissed? - Penal Code 647b Under…

You Can Face Criminal Charges for Hiring a Prostitute in California In California, anyone who engages in prostitution (even if…

If I am convicted of a sexual battery charge, what punishment am I facing? (CPC 243.4) If you are facing…

Depending on the type of crime you have been convicted of in another state, you may be required to register…

Indecent exposure is a crime under California Penal Code 314.1. This section makes it unlawful to willfully and lewdly expose…

If you are charged with domestic violence or sexual assault your rights as a criminal defendant are at jeopardy under…

What is Indecent Exposure and What are the Penalties if I am convicted? (CPC 314.1) You can be charged with…

What is a Hofsheier motion? (California PC 290)

January 11, 2013 | Stephen Klarich

What is a Hofsheier motion? (California PC 290) If you are charged with a sex offense in California, one of…

What requirements do I have to meet to be eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation? (CPC 4852) A California Certificate…

The Word Of One Young Child Is Sufficient To Have An Adult Arrested And Convicted Of A Sex Crime (Penal…

I was Charged with Child Molestation in Orange County. Will I have to Register as a Sex Offender? California Penal…

Can I Be Convicted Of Lewd Conduct In Riverside For Masturbating In My Home? Penal code section 647(a) in California…

Lewd Acts with a Minor in California

November 16, 2012 | Stephen Klarich

Being convicted of “lewd acts with a minor” under California Penal Code 288 carries severe penalties.  Depending upon the specifics…

Acts that a person can engage in that may lead to lewd conduct charge PC 647(a) A lewd or lascivious…

The assurance of an unbiased jury of one’s peers is the key to our system of justice. High profile cases…

Impersonating Someone's Spouse Can Lead to a Rape Charge If you are ever accused of rape, it is important to…

Lake Forest Man Back in Court on New Child Pornography Charges Earlier this month a Lake Forest man, who had…

Do I have to register as a sex offender for life?

November 7, 2011 | Stephen Klarich

The answer is “maybe”. California law does allow terminating your obligation from registering as a sex offender under PC 290…

Man Arrested in San Bernardino for Sexual Assault

October 18, 2011 | Stephen Klarich

Man Arrested in San Bernardino for Sexual Assault A Redlands man was arrested last week in connection with the sexual…

4 Alternatives for Pleading Guilty to Solicitation PC § 647(b) If you have been arrested for Solicitation of a prostitute…

Penal Code Section 288(a) And The Possibility Of Probation Penal Code section 288(a) makes it crime to commit a lewd…

Why you could go to jail for showing a minor pornography PC 288.2(a) In California, it is a crime to…

Is a Kiss Just a Kiss?

August 10, 2011 | Stephen Klarich

Is a Kiss Just a Kiss? A kiss is not just a kiss when it is a French kiss on…

In order to sustain a conviction for distributing child pornography under California law, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt…

Solicitation of a lewd act in public: what the Prosecution must prove To prove that you are guilty of this…

Riverside County Man Faces Life In Prison For Sex Crimes With 14-Year-Old Girl The Facts A Moreno Valley man accused…

California law prohibits any person from possessing any electronic image that depicts a child under the age of 18 engaging…

How can I avoid registering as a sex offender?

June 2, 2011 | Stephen Klarich

Here are some good ideas you need to think about when faced with a sex crime in California: QUESTION #1:…

Child Porn Convictions Based on Same Conduct Violates Double Jeopardy On February 24, 2011, in U.S. v. Lynn, Ninth Circuit…

Orange County Equestrian Center Employee Arrested On Allegations Of Child Molestation Officials at an Orange County equestrian center shocked to…

Discretionary Sex Offender Registration – What Do I Need To Know? In California, a person may be required to register…

To prove that the defendant is guilty of this crime, the People must prove that: 1. The defendant requested that…

What if I got arrested for solicitation of prostitution, what does the prosecution need to prove and what is the…

Rape of an Intoxicated Woman – Penal Code Section 261(a)(3) Most people in the general public have a broad perception…

Vindictive Prosecution in response to the defendant’s exercise of a right When a prosecutor abuses his authority with the intent…

The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison may receive an indecent exposure pardon 40 years after the fact – California Penal…

New Airport Security Measures May Rise To Sexual Assault Allegations Against TSA Employees The Transport and Security Association (TSA) has…

Risky All or Nothing Defense Strategy Backfires For Client The California Courts granted defendant Robbie Landry’s motion to withdraw a…

F.B.I. Releases Its Files on Michael Jackson: An Additional Investigation of Child Abuse Today, January 5, 2010, the Federal Bureau…

Man Convicted of Molesting and Making Pornography of Three Girls A school bus driver was convicted recently of molesting and…

Registration as a sex offender is mandatory under Penal Code section 290 for persons convicted of one of the sex…

Sexually Violent Offenses Entail More than Just Prison Time Why Having a Good Attorney Can Help You Avoid the Implications…

Juveniles Committed Under the Sexually Violent Predator Act The California Court of Appeals recently ruled that a juvenile could be…

Jury View in Sex Crime Trial

November 20, 2009 | Stephen Klarich

One can only hope to never be charged with a sex crime. From your initial contact with police to your…

Charged With a Sex Crime

November 18, 2009 | Stephen Klarich

One can only hope to never be charged with a sex crime. From your initial contact with police to your…

As stated in the previous post, on November 3, 2009, the California Supreme Court will hear a case that will…

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