Sex Crimes Articles

List of Sex Crimes in Each Tier Under California’s Tiered Registry System

If you are convicted of a sex crime in California, you may have thought that you would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. However, this will change on January 1, 2021. That is because Senate Bill 384, which was approved by then-governor Jerry Brown, will bring major changes to the sex offender registration system. Under the new tiered sex offender registry, some sex…

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

If you are under investigation for a sex crime, you need to be on your guard, because the police will likely resort to tactics and tricks that can cause you to unwittingly incriminate yourself. One technique in particular can be very effective if you are not careful: the pretext phone call. Here’s how law enforcement will attempt to get you to incriminate yourself without you ever knowing they are listening…

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Use of Experts in a Sex Crime Case

The criminal justice system asks a lot of jurors. Determining someone’s guilt is not easy. However, jurors are not required to understand complex topics or be experts in every category. That is why expert witnesses are often called to testify by both the prosecution and the defense. An expert witness is a person who is allowed to testify at trial because he or she has a special knowledge or proficiency…

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How to Avoid Being Accused of a Sex Crime

When you hear the term “sex offender” you probably think of someone who committed a horrific crime. However, in many cases, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, you could find yourself facing sex crime charges for an act that you thought was consensual sex. It happens often. That is why you should learn how to avoid being accused of a sex crime. Here are some tips from…

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Consequences of Exposing a Partner to HIV Reduced (HS 120290)

Intentionally exposing a sexual partner to HIV is a crime in California. Lawmakers realize that transmitting this disease is a threat to public safety. However, exposing sexual partners to other types of communicable diseases was not punished as severely. That is why California lawmakers recently passed a law that reduced the punishment for intentionally exposing a sexual partner to HIV and makes it in line with the penalties for other…

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California Tiered Registry Bill Fails to Pass

California has some of the harshest punishments for people who commit sex crimes. In most cases, you will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life if you are a convicted of a sex crime. However, California lawmakers had been working to change this lifetime consequence. A bill that would’ve reformed California’s sex offender registration system had gained momentum, but it recently was halted.…

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Victorville Repeals Sex Offender Residency Restrictions

If you are convicted of a sex crime in California, you will likely have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life under California Penal Code Section 290. Being labeled as a sex offender can greatly impact your life. You may not be able to find employment or housing, and you will have to deal with a negative stigma that will follow you everywhere you go.…

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What Does Peeping Tom Mean Under California Law?

“Peeping tom” is a term you may have heard before. In layman’s terms, it refers to someone who attempts to “peep” on others (typically when they may be nude) while they are in a private place. There are laws in California that make this type of behavior illegal. Let’s dive into those laws and how they define what Peeping Tom means. What Does Peeping Tom Mean Under the Law? Under…

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10 Crucial Actions You Must Take If You are Accused of Rape

There is perhaps no criminal charge that carries the scorn and resentment of others more than rape. If you or someone you care about is accused of this crime, taking the following 10 actions immediately could make the difference between spending years in prison and being free. Hire an experienced sex crimes defense attorney Nothing is more important than choosing an experienced defense attorney to fight for you. Defending rape…

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