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If you are charged with a sex offense it is imperative you obtain the services of a San Fernando sex crime attorney who can aggressively fight for your rights. At the the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Vallens, our team has 60+ years of collective trial-tested experience with which we will fight for your rights. It is vital to avoid a conviction of a sex offense if at all possible, as the stigma from a conviction can affect the rest of your life. We are available 24/7 for your convenience.
Sex offenses carry a strong negative stigma in our society. Law enforcement officials relentlessly pursue conviction of those charged with sex crimes, so it is crucial to have legal counsel who knows how to deal with this type of charge and can actively investigate the facts in order to provide you with a strong defense.
A sex offense normally involves some type of illegal sexual act. Crimes such as the following can all be defended against by our legal team:
Penalties for sex offenses can be severe, including fines, probation, mandatory anger management rehab, jail time and even registering as a sex offender for the rest of your life. Many sex offenses are “strikes” under California’s Three Strikes Law. With these types of consequences, contacting the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Vallens immediately is vital.
Many lawyers do not understand people who are arrested for sex offenses are not necessarily bad people. It is hard for some people who lead “alternative lifestyles” to meet other people and it is hard for some people to express themselves. After practicing criminal defense for 20 years I understand that just because someone was arrested in a car or an alley or park or a restroom does not mean they are a criminal. And it does not mean that they should go to jail or have to register as a sex offender.
I also understand that police officers lack the sympathy that I have. Prosecutors lack the understanding that I have. Please call me to discuss your case and your particular situation if you have been arrested for a sex offense. There are often alternatives to pleading guilty.
If you have been previously convicted of a sex offense in California or another state, you are likely required to register as a sex offender every year for the rest of your life- failure to do so can cost you jail or prison time. Failure to advise law enforcement when you move or travel to another jurisdiction is also a crime. However, there may be a defense to failing to register. Presenting your defense in the right way may be the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor, the difference between prison and jail and the difference between going to jail and not going to jail. The law requires that a criminal defendant have actual knowledge of his duty to register. Likewise, specific advisements are required under the law in order to trigger a lifetime registration requirement. Recent case law is very significant in this regard. Call a veteran criminal defense lawyer today.