Van Nuys Sex Crime Lawyers
Serving Clients throughout the San Fernando Valley
Any criminal charge is serious, but a sex crime allegation can follow you for the rest of your life—even when you’re acquitted. It’s easy to feel hopeless if you find yourself in this situation, which is why you need a skilled defense attorney who will protect your rights and reputation.
At Williams And Seemen, we understand that not every person who is accused of sexual assault, prostitution, or any other sexual offense is guilty, and we believe that you are entitled to quality legal representation no matter what charge you face.
Defending a Variety of Criminal Charges
Drawing on our experience defending clients accused of sex offenses, we understand the sensitive nature of these allegations and are committed to handling your case with the care it requires.
Our defense may try to show the act involved consent rather than criminal behavior. We may also be able to challenge the prosecution by proving you were elsewhere at the time the offense was committed.
We represent clients charged with any of the following crimes:
- Rape and sexual assault
- Prostitution and solicitation
- Statutory rape
- Child molestation
- Date rape
- Indecent exposure and “sexting”
- Internet sex crimes
In all cases, we uphold the rights of our clients in the criminal justice system.
We Understand the Severity of Your Situation
Depending on the offense, sex crime charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies. Regardless of the severity of the offense, a conviction will have serious and long-lasting consequences beyond your sentence. You may be placed on probation or incarcerated, where fellow convicts often treat sex offenders harshly.
You may have to register as a sex offender, which can limit your job opportunities, destroy your social life, and restrict where you can live. We have the experience and skill to provide a diligent defense no matter the sex crime charge you face.
Don't fight these serious charges alone. Call (818) 536-7776 now to schedule your free consultation and protect yourself from a conviction.
I've been arrested, what should I do?
First, remain silent. Just because you are arrested, it does not automatically mean charges will be filed against you. Staying quiet, however, is the most important decision you can make If you are ever questioned by police, do not give a statement. Be polite, calm, and state, “I am choosing to remain silent, I want a lawyer.” Once any statements are made, those admissions can very well be enough to have the case filed. Do not consent to searches, this too allows officers to do anything they want to your property and you, and by giving them consent you make their jobs even easier. Once you are arrested, it is true the police no longer need your permission or a warrant to search–they are allowed to search your person and what is within your immediate control–however, they still will need your permission or a warrant to search certain things, for example a cell phone, so, never consent to a search when the officers ask for your permission. Never flee or run–this makes things worse–additional charges can be added, and worse you can be hurt–tased, shot, beat, you name it. Once in a holding cell, stay quiet as well. Anyone can be a snitch and the jail cell or even the backseat of the patrol car could be wired for sound–save the conversations with your lawyer, which are confidential and cannot hurt you. Also, once you are out, do not post about your case on social media. District Attorneys, City Attorneys and yes police monitor social media–and what you say or WRITE can and will be used against you.
How do I bail out of jail?
Once arrested and jailed, there is a process allowing the person arrested to get released from jail. The accused may be released from jail for exchange of money–hence BAIL. A promise of property also works as a promise you will return to Court for all hearings. You cannot miss a court date when released on bail. If you make all court dates your bail is refunded to you whether you are found innocent or guilty. The bail amount depends on the jurisdiction where you are arrested and the Judge. Other factors that decide how large the bail amount is is the seriousness of the crime, your record and previous or current bench warrants. A judge can also release the accused without the requirement of posting bail–called being released on your own recognizance (“OR.”) If you cannot afford bail–or have no property to post, you can hire a bail bonds agent. A bonds agent promises to pay the full amount of bail to the court if you do not show up to Court, thus the bonds agent will have to find someone responsible for paying any costs they have to incur to track you down. In exchange for posting the full bond, the bonds agent will ask you to pay about eight to ten percent of your bond which is NONREFUNDABLE. So why hire a bonds agent? Because you can get out of jail for far less then paying the full bail amount. Your attorney will have a trusted bonds agent, so do not forget to contact your attorney if you are interested in bonding out of jail.
So what is a preliminary hearing?
The DA presents evidence and witnesses to the alleged crime–and the standard to determine if there is enough evidence to justify holding the defendant to answer for the alleged crime. The Defense has the opportunity to cross examine all witnesses and even call their own witnesses. By the end of the hearing the Judge must determine if there is enough evidence to allow the case to enter the next stage of the proceeding (information arraignment) before the matter is set for trial. If there is insufficient evidence presented at the preliminary hearing, the Judge will dismiss the case.