Sex Crimes | San Diego Law Blog
California has taken a mixed stance on prostitution over the years. While it is illegal in all contexts across the state, new laws have been enacted to protect prostitutes from prosecution in certain scenarios… but the state has also continued efforts to limit prostitution as much as possible. For “johns” and other sexual solicitors, there are still harsh penalties, and law enforcement has continued to utilize prostitution stings to catch and prosecute offenders.
Since the invention of Craigslist, the internet has hosted numerous posts surrounding users’ romantic and sexual interests. While some instances do lead to genuine and respectful connections, others can devolve into inappropriate and even nonconsensual messages. The further expansion of cell phones, social media, and dating apps led to the development of “sexting,” the sending of intimate and sexual messages through digital devices. This unique form of communication has become commonplace in modern society, but California courts are slowly coming to terms with how to handle situations when sexting involves criminal actions.
While society continues to debate over the social acceptability of public breastfeeding, California law has held a firm stance on the matter for nearly two decades. California Civil Code, Section 43.3 was established in 1997 and grants mothers the right to breastfeed her child in any private or public place in which she and the child are authorized to be. The National Conference on State Legislatures reports that forty-five states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location.
Sex crime charges are some of the most serious offenses an individual can face. Having a sex crime conviction on your record can damage your reputation, ruin your career, and cost you your freedom. That is why it is so crucial that you work with a defense attorney to protect your future.
If you have been convicted of a sex crime in the state of California, there is a good possibility that you will be required to register as a sex offender once you have served your time. As if spending time behind bars isn’t bad enough, California Penal Code §290 requires you to provide the local authorities with your personal information and details about your case—which, unfortunately, may be a lifetime commitment. To make matters worse, you could face additional charges for failing to register within 5 days of your release from jail or prison. Fortunately, the San Diego criminal defense attorney at our firm can provide you with an aggressive defense if you have been accused of committing such a violation.
In the state of California, you could be charged with statutory rape if you, as an adult, have engaged in sexual intercourse with a minor (i.e. someone under the age of 18). Since the age of consent is 18, the law states that a minor cannot legally agree to engage in sexual intercourse—regardless of whether or not they wanted to participate in the sex act at the time. While this scenario may not seem like it fits the definition of rape, which involves forcing another person to engage in sexual intercourse against their will, it is still against the law. Even if both parties have been involved in a long-term relationship, one could be charged with statutory rape if they have sex with their partner before they have reached the legal age of consent.
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