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Sex Crimes

SB 145: Amended Sex Offender Registration Laws in California

Posted in California Law,Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on March 15, 2021

Sex offender laws do change from time to time. One of the changes to California’s sex offender registration requirements came in 2020. California Senate Bill 145 (SB 145) was passed in an attempt to give judges the same discretion that they have for cases where a young adult and a minor engage in vaginal intercourse….

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SB 384: Sex Offender Registration in California

Posted in Sex Crimes,Sex Offender FAQs on March 2, 2021

Most people have come to understand that when a person is required to register as a sex offender, that they are required to register for life. However, California’s sex offender registry laws have changed. This state abandoned the lifetime registry requirement in favor of a tiered system of registry requirements. The Sex Offender Registration Act,…

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The Most Commonly Charged Sex Crimes in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on February 28, 2020

Facing a sex crime charge can be incredibly terrifying. The state of California takes these charges very seriously, and a sex crime conviction can lead to prison time, fines, and a requirement to register as a sex offender – often for life. In many cases, the pubic, friends, and family members of those charged with…

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New Child Sexual Abuse Law

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on January 23, 2020

A new law that extends the timeframe that victims of childhood sexual abuse has taken effect in California. Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) was signed in October by Gov. Gavin Newsom and took effect on January 1 of this year. The bill changes existing laws in the following ways: Victims of childhood sexual abuse have…

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When is Sexting Illegal?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on December 26, 2019

You have undoubtedly heard the phrase “sexting” by now. You may have a general idea of what the term means. “Sexting” is a word made from the combination of the words “sex” and “texting,” M refers to the sending and receiving of sexually explicit messages from one person to another through electronic means. This can…

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What Is Indecent Exposure

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on December 24, 2019

State law in California prohibits indecent exposure. This is considered a sex crime under Penal Code 314 PC, and a person found guilty of this charge could face a range of penalties. However, defining indecent exposure is not particularly easy. You may have heard that people only get charged with indecent exposure if they do…

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Homeless Sex Offenders

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on November 25, 2019

Most people have a basic understanding of the sex offender registry process in California. Those who are convicted of certain sex offenses are often required to register as sex offenders for specified amounts of time. Some even have to register for life. Registered sex offenders have to check in with local law enforcement regularly and…

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What is the Age of Consent in California?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on October 17, 2019

The term “age of consent” refers to the age in which a person is considered legally old enough to give their permission for sexual activity. Age of consent laws are in place to protect minors who are generally not mature enough to make informed and intelligent decisions regarding sexual activity. What is California’s age of…

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California Sex Offender Registration Requirements

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on March 26, 2019

The state of California takes sex offender registration very seriously. California’s Megan’s Law requires all authorities to notify the public of sex offenders in their area. The conviction can have a lasting impact on your life, since you must place your name on a public record if a court finds you guilty of certain sex…

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California Sex Offender Residency Restrictions

Posted in Sex Crimes,Sex Offender FAQs on February 14, 2019

California Penal Code 290 makes it mandatory for any person with an applicable conviction to register as a sex offender with the city’s chief of police within five days of moving into the city. Convictions that could require joining California’s Sex Offender Registration include sex crimes, sexual assault, indecent exposure, lewd acts with a minor,…

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