Woodland Hills Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer
Put a Former Prosecutor in LA & Ventura Counties on Your Defense Team
Sex-related crimes carry significant penalties that could ruin your future. The state treats sex crimes very seriously. This is where Attorney Ali Ziai comes in. Attorney Ziai has more than 10 years of former prosecution experience, so he knows exactly how the other side works and thinks. He can anticipate the prosecution’s likely claims against you and strategize an effective defense early on. He is also comfortable in the courtroom due to his extensive trial experience, and he will confidently champion your defense.
Let the Law Office of Ali Ziai put our prosecution experience to use on your sex crimes defense. For confident and assured representation, contact us online or at (818) 600-6477 to get started.
What Constitutes a Sex Crime?
Under California law, a sex crime is a misdemeanor or felony crime of a sexual nature.
Some examples of criminal sex offenses include:
- Statutory rape
- Sexual assault
- Child molestation
- Possession of child pornography
- Failure to register as a sex offender
Sex crimes are punished based on the specific offense. For example, misdemeanor statutory rape may be punished by informal probation, up to one year in county jail, and/or up to $1,000 in fines. Felony statutory rape may be punished by formal felony probation; up to $10,000 in fines; and 16 months, two years, or three years in prison (two years, three years, or four years if the defendant was 21 years or older and the alleged victim was younger than 16).
Several types of sex crimes may be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. For instance, misdemeanor child pornography is generally punishable by up to one year in county jail, and felony child pornography is punishable by three years in prison.
Be aware that there are penalties that apply to all felony sex convictions, including:
- The obligation to disclose the sex conviction on employment applications
- Relinquishing firearm rights
- Ineligibility for expunction
Perhaps one of the longest-lasting penalties on a sex offender’s criminal record, other than jail time, is the requirement to register as a sex offender.
“What sets Ali apart from some of the other attorneys I have had experience with, and probably from most attorneys, actually, are his communication skills and his compassion for his clients.”
Sex offender registration, under California Penal Code 290, is mandatory for people who have been convicted of certain sex crimes. Rather than requiring lifetime registration, most offenses are subject to a three-tier registration system.
The time that a person must register as a sex offender under the three tiers is as follows:
- Tier One: At least 10 years
- Tier Two: At least 20 years
- Tier Three: Lifetime registration
Convicted individuals must register with their local law enforcement agency annually within five days of their birthday and within five days of moving residences. The failure to register as a sex offender may warrant arrest and incarceration, as well as ineligibility for possible early removal from the registry.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, whether for a misdemeanor sex offense or felony sexual assault, you could face serious jail time, fines, and public identification as a sex offender. As a result, it is in your best interests to enlist the help of an experienced trial lawyer to defend you against your charges. Our firm can take a look at your situation and craft a unique defense to argue for reduced charges or dismissed charges, if possible.
Contact the Law Office of Ali Ziai online or at (818) 600-6477 for a free consultation to learn more about your potential defense options.