Sex Crimes

Sexual offenses cover a wide variety of crimes, but they typically involve illegal coerced or otherwise non-consensual sexual conduct against another person.

What are Sex Crimes?

Sex crimes in California include the following:

  • Child Pornography (California Penal Code 311.11 P.C.);
  • Failing to Register as a sex offender (California Penal Code 290 P.C.);
  • Indecent Exposure (California Penal Code 314 P.C.);
  • Lewd Acts with a Child (California Penal Code 288(a) P.C.);
  • Meeting with a Minor (California Penal Code 288.4 P.C.);
  • Oral Copulation (California Penal Code 288(a) P.C.);
  • Prostitution (California Penal Code 647(b) P.C.);
  • Rape (California Penal Code 261 P.C.);
  • Revenge Porn (California Penal Code 647(j)(4) P.C.);
  • Sexual Battery (California Penal Code 243.4 P.C.);
  • Statutory Rape (California Penal Code 261.5 P.C.).

Many Sex Crimes are “wobbler” offenses, meaning that the District Attorney can charge you with either a felony or misdemeanor, depending on facts of the case and your criminal record.

If you inflicted great bodily harm, you will definitely be charged not only with a felony, but with a “strike” offense under California’s “Three Strikes Law”, which can result in sentencing enhancements and requires you to serve at least 85% of your sentence, even with good behavior.

What Happens If I am Convicted of a Sex Crime?

Sex Crime cases can often be resolved during the investigation stage even before criminal charges are actually filed. Specifically, a highly experienced and skilled Los Angeles County Sex Crimes attorney like Ninaz Saffari might be able to convince the investigating detective to not refer the case to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, or to convince the D.A.’s Office not to file charges if the case has already been referred. These are called Pre-Files, which Ms. Saffari has a great deal of experience in successfully negotiating. See her Case Results.

If you are charged with a Sex Crime, Ms. Saffari will first conduct a thorough investigation, often with the help of her private investigator, to ascertain all relevant facts. Again, if possible, she will attempt to get the charges dismissed either before or shortly after they are filed. If she takes the case to trial, she will often use an expert witness who will argue that the alleged harm never occurred, did not occur to the degree claimed, occurred but was the result of an accident or unintentional conduct, or that the District Attorney has otherwise failed to provide enough evidence to meet the high threshold to prove a Sex Crime.

California has some of the most stringent laws against sex crimes in the United States. If you are convicted of a Sex Crime you face the following punishment:

  • Up to life in prison (if convicted of a serious felony); or
  • One year in county jail (if you are convicted of a less-serious felony or misdemeanor); and
  • Up to lifetime sex-offender registration (if convicted of a serious felony). This could very well affect where you are allowed to live or travel, and may subject you to public scorn by your neighbors, who are easily made aware of your registration and address by going online to certain websites;
  • Probation of three or five years (felony or misdemeanor);
  • Permanent ban (felony) or 10-year ban (misdemeanor) from possessing or owning a firearm;
  • Possible imposition of a protective order to stay away from the victim. You may even be barred from associating with your own family members under the age of 18;
  • Possible counseling (felony or misdemeanor);
  • Possible community service (felony or misdemeanor); and
  • Possible loss of ability to obtain or maintain a professional license, loss of employment or educational opportunities, loss of child custody rights (if applicable), or adverse immigration consequences (if applicable).

What are My Possible Defenses to a Sex Crime Charge?

The following are the possible defenses to a Sex Crime charge:

  • Consent. The sexual contact was the result of lawful consent with an adult. Alternatively, you honestly and reasonably believed that you had obtained this consent.
  • Lack of sexual contact.
  • Mistaken recollection.
  • False accusations. The alleged victim or supposed eyewitness may have ulterior motives for lying to the police. Some of the most common motives include child custody disputes and romantic strife with current or former lovers.
  • Misidentification by the accuser or witness. For example, your act was misunderstood or misinterpreted, or you were not the actual person who committed the alleged Sex Crime. Eyewitness identification can be affected by many different factors, including bad lighting, witness stress, cross-racial identification, suggestions by the police, etc.
  • Constitutional defenses. These include lack of probable cause, police misconduct (coerced confession, planted evidence, falsified police report, racial profiling, entrapment, tainted forensic evidence, etc.), Miranda violations (suppressing any statements you made to the police if your Miranda rights were violated), and suppression of evidence that was seized without reasonable suspicion, probable cause, or a valid warrant (in violation of the Fourth Amendment).
  • Insufficient evidence. The prosecutor failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of one or more charges.
  • The accuser and/or witnesses are not credible. In other words, for any host of reasons, the jury simple does not believe what the accuser and/or witnesses are claiming about your criminal culpability.

What Kind of Sex Crime Charges Has Ninaz Saffari Defended?

Since 2005, Ninaz Saffari has successfully represented scores of clients against Sex Crime charges, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, gang rape of a minor, lewd acts against a minor, possession and dissemination of child pornography, solicitation of a minor, unlawful sex with a minor, failure to register as a sex offender, etc. Many of her clients who were later acquitted or whose Sex Crimes charges were later dismissed were facing decades or even life in prison. See her Case Results.


If you or a loved one are currently being investigated or prosecuted for this crime, it is critical that you immediately hire a highly skilled, aggressive and experienced Los Angeles County Sex Crimes criminal defense attorney like Ninaz Saffari. Contact the Saffari Law Firm, P.C. now for a free telephone consultation. If Ms. Saffari believes she can help you, she will immediately schedule a free in-person meeting or, if you are in custody, she will visit you in jail (again, for free and with no obligation to hire her).


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