Due to the social stigma attached to being convicted, or even charged, with a sex crime, it is important to contact Attorney Ross Erlich as early as possible so that he can initiate any investigation that needs to be done, and contact witnesses who need to be interviewed before the first court appearance.  In many instances, our office will employ the services of a private investigator, an expert polygrapher, an expert psychologist and any other expert who can credibly present the “other side of the story.”

Consequences for sex crimes can be harsh, including jail or prison time, restitution, and court ordered classes.  Additionally, nearly all sex offense convictions will result in the defendant being required to register as a sex offender where they reside.  This means that the person convicted will have to register at their local police station every year within 5 days of their birthday for the rest of their life.

A person’s ability to live in certain neighborhoods can be impacted as well as their ability to seek and/or maintain employment.

Law enforcement agents often conduct undercover sting operations to make arrests in these types of cases and it is crucial that you know what your rights are and what law enforcement can and cannot due while working undercover.  In many cases, law enforcement may have the alleged victim contact the suspect over the phone.  They will tell the alleged victim to somehow bring up the alleged incident with the intention that the suspect will confirm it, talk about it or otherwise admit to the incident and incriminate themselves.

Additionally, sex offense allegations can oftentimes originate from someone with an agenda or an unreliable source.  Persons who are mad at the defendant, have been cheated on, have been served with divorce papers or child custody cases oftentimes feel that making such a serious allegation on the other person is the only avenue they have to get even.  These cases often lack physical or other corroborating evidence and are completely circumstantial, a classic he-said-she-said case.

There are many different types of sex crimes that Attorney Ross Erlich defends against, including:

  • Rape
  • Prostitution
  • Sexual Assault and/or Battery
  • Pandering
  • Lewd and Lascivious conduct
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Child Pornography

In addition, if you have been previously convicted of a sex crime which required you to register as a sex offender, many people become subject to being arrested and charged with failing to register as a sex offender.  This, a felony in itself, can create a whole new criminal case for someone who may have simply forgot, or miscalculated, when they had to go back to re-register.

While being arrested for, and charged with, a sex offense is something that is scary and humiliating, being convicted of one is something that can have catastrophic consequences for a person and their whole family.

For aggressive and vigorous defense of your rights, and to avoid the harsh penalties that come with a sex offense conviction, contact Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer Ross Erlich today.

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