Santa Monica Sexual Assault Attorney
Have you been charged with sexual assault?
Sexual assault, also known as attempted rape, sexual abuse or sexual battery, is a serious offense in the state of California that can have devastating consequences on one's personal and profe ssional life. Sexual assault is defined as non-consensual sexual acts that involve physical contact . These sexual acts can include touching, groping, grabbing, but exclude intercourse. It can become very grueling to decipher a sexual assault case as the defense usually relies on 'he said, she said'. Other common defenses are innocence, or being wrongfully accused of sexual assault. Often, the concept that the sexual acts were consensual between both parties can create a tug of war as to what actually occurred. The defense can also be based on the fact that the alleged offender was mentally incapacitated and plead insanity. The importance of hir ing a tough team of dedicated attorneys to protect your reputation and future becomes necessary.
A Santa Monica criminal defense attorney at Lessem & Newstat is ready to team up with investigators, medical experts and police authorities in order to examine and question any evidence. Our firm has hundreds of dismissals under our belt and has helped countless clients achieve outstanding outcomes.
Sexual Assault Lawyer in Santa Monica
If convicted, the judge will decide on the punishment, which will greatly depend on the mitigating factors, gravity of the crime, the criminal past of the offender and even their acceptance of responsibility. The following penalties may be accorded:
- Fines of up to $10,000
- Community service
- Counseling or rehabilitation
- County jail sentence
- Prison sentence of up to 20 years