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  • former deputy public defender

    As a former Deputy Public Defender in Riverside County, Mr. Donath has always been on the defense side of the law. 

  • award winning certified criminal law specialist

    Top 100 Trial Attorneys in California 2012-2014, 2008 Trial Attorney of the Year by the Riverside County Public Defender's Office, and dozens of other awards and accolades.

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    Your lawyer should have a passion for defense, not just a passion for money. Reputation, vigor, and determination go a long way in this business.

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Riverside Sex Crimes Lawyer

Sex crimes are traumatic with severe, lifelong penalties.  Without a Riverside sex crimes attorney, convictions may end with exceedingly harsh sentencing including prison time, probation, fines, and a permanent sex offender registration that applies anywhere in the country.

Anyone facing sex crime charges should immediately speak to an attorney to begin preparing a skilled defense. If you face accusations in Orange County or Riverside, CA, the Law Offices of Graham D. Donath, APC can advise you. We offer expert legal defense in the courtroom as well as a compassionate advocate who will help you navigate public statements and provide accurate, non-condemning testimony to investigators.

If you are accused of any type of sex crime-sexual assault, rape, child molestation or pornography, lewd acts-  you may be facing an uphill battle. Although the justice system works under the principle that every individual is innocent until proven guilty, the general public, media, and prosecution can make defendants feel anything but protected under the law.

Our team is led by Graham Donath, a state-certified specialist in criminal defense. We have a history of success representing clients of sex crimes as well as numerous other criminal charges at the misdemeanor and felony levels. Let us help you protect your reputation and future.

What are Sex Crimes in Riverside, CA?

The definition of rape and sexual assault in modern culture varies today depending on who you talk to. With so many media stories regarding sexual assault and rape, it is understandable that many people agree: anything less than direct, verbal consent is unacceptable. However, this culture of consent has also resulted in innocent individuals being charged with crimes they did not commit.

If you are being investigated for or have been charged with sexual assault including rape, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you navigate the criminal justice system in California. The laws here are intended to protect the innocent, but that goal can become twisted in cases where circumstantial evidence is the only lead. At the Law Offices of Graham Donath, APC, we protect the rights of our clients against unfair prosecution for sexual assault and rape.

Defining Sexual Assault and Rape Under California Law

According to state laws, acts in which an individual coerces someone into sexual activity using fraud, threat, or force are rape. This includes engaging in sexual activity with an individual who is not mentally capable of consent (i.e., passed out, drugged, drunk, or mentally ill) or those under the age of 18 (statutory rape).

Any forced or unwanted touching of private parts directly or through clothes may be considered sexual assault or battery. An individual can cease consent at any point in a sexual act by verbally or physically rejecting it, at which point the continued act could be seen as an act of rape or sexual assault.

Each sexual assault and rape case is unique and requires a different approach. Direct evidence, the defendant’s character, witness testimony, and other circumstances may all play a role in a comprehensive defense strategy. To defend against a sexual assault or rape charge successfully, our team has to show only that there is reasonable doubt. We can do that successfully by providing an alibi, proving consent, or showing the accuser’s capacity for lying.

Penalties for Sex Crimes

Being charged with rape or sexual assault is often enough to change the course of a person’s life. From the moment the investigation starts, an individual will remain under public scrutiny until the charges are dropped or the individual is acquitted. For those who are convicted, the sentencing in California is harsh and may include long prison terms, steep fines, probation, and, in some cases, registration as a sex offender.

At the Law Offices of Graham Donath serving Riverside, we understand that being accused of rape can be a traumatizing experience. You may feel betrayed, angry, or depressed. As a criminal defense firm, we treat our clients as partners and work hard to ensure their rights and futures are protected from the effects of criminal convictions. We will serve as your compassionate advocates and tireless defenders in the legal system.

Our founding attorney, Graham Donath, is one of a select group of California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization-certified specialists in criminal defense. He has a successful track record helping clients from all different backgrounds who faced many types of sex-related charges. When you or someone you love is facing a sex assault or rape charge, you need to know that you can trust and count on the attorney you hire. You can rely on Graham Donath.

Whenever you need help, our team is available to speak with you. When criminal accusations in Riverside turn your life upside down, we will be here to speak with you any time of day or night. Contact our team today to get started.

When to Contact a Sex Crimes Attorney

Time is a crucial factor in building a successful defense in sex crimes cases. The sooner you contact a criminal defense attorney, the sooner he or she can start working to protect your rights under the law. You do not have to wait until you are formally charged to secure an attorney. In fact, it is better to retain an attorney beforehand when possible. We may be able to prevent charges from being filed or have charges dismissed if we start a defense strategy early enough.

It is also never too late to contact an attorney. Retrospective investigations often yield new evidence that may be used to clear your name. There may be steps we can take to mitigate the charges against you.

Sex Crimes Are Rarely Straightforward

The reason criminal defense in sex crimes is so incredibly important is that these cases are often intricate. Many sex crimes, including assault and rape, hinge on flimsy claims supported by circumstantial evidence. We take the time to get to know our clients and the circumstances surrounding a case so we can tease out every fact that may be helpful in showing reasonable doubt that an act ever occurred. Only an attorney who has years of experience in the criminal defense system and understands the complexity of sex crimes cases can aggressively fight for your rights in the face of a socially stigmatizing sexual offense charge.

Choose a Sex Crimes Lawyer You Trust

Although time is of the essence in sex crime cases, choosing your defense attorney carefully is also important. You need to know you can trust the individual who will be representing you in front of the legal justice system in California. Past results, expertise, and personality all factor into who will provide the best representation on your behalf. If you do not feel comfortable with the person you choose to work with, mistakes can happen.

At the Law Offices of Graham Donath, APC, you will have personal contact with a qualified attorney who makes getting to know you and your case a priority. We approach each claim with undivided attention and believe that a strong attorney-client relationship is the key to building a successful defense. Do not let an accusation, investigation, or criminal charges turn into a nightmare that will not end. Contact our office  for a free consultation with our Riverside sex crimes lawyer any time day or night to start protecting your future.