Your First Call When
Charged With A Crime

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Your First Call When
Charged With A Crime

Photo of Robert Ernenwein and Michelle A. Mathes
Photo of Robert Ernenwein and Michelle A. Mathes

Do You Fear Your Name Will Appear On The Sex Offender Registry?

Sex offense allegations can ruin the remainder of your life. Whether it is an allegation of child pornography, public intercourse, solicitation of minors, internet sex crime or lewd act, you may face jail time and other consequences, like having to register as a sex offender. It will be in your benefit to protect your future with a solid criminal defense against the allegation. Our lawyers have more than 60 combined years of experience practicing criminal law, and we will help you fight your criminal charge as if it were our own.

Robert Ernenwein will utilize his knowledge as a former deputy district attorney to identify a creative strategy that results in your best possible resolution, given the specifics of your case. We will provide you with an aggressive defense to protect your freedom. Consult us for your sex crime defense.

How A Conviction Can Be Determined

The resolution for a sex crime charge can happen in various ways. Most convictions result in high fines and mandatory prison sentencing, and you may also have to register as a sex offender. In addition to the type of sex crime, there are other factors that the court will use to determine the severity of consequences.

If The Sex Allegation Involves A Minor

Other factors include the:

  • Age of consent
  • Age difference between parties
  • Sexual orientation and sexual preference of all parties involved
  • Employment status of the accused (particularly more severe for those who have easy access to minors)
  • Past sex offenses

If The Sex Allegation Involves Rape Or Assault

Other factors include if the accuser:

  • Was restrained
  • Consented
  • Was intoxicated
  • Intended to engage in the act itself

The factors in each case vary, and to accurately identify what you may face, it is in your best interest to consult one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys.

Questions Our Clients Ask About Sex Crimes

Let us provide personalized answers tailored to your situation if you have been charged with a sex crime or have heard rumors about allegations against you. Below are examples of some questions we often explore with clients and potential clients.

Which sex crimes are felonies?

Start with the assumption that most sex crimes are felonies in California. However, some offenses that may be misdemeanors in some circumstances include molestation of a child; lewd acts in public; indecent exposure; soliciting a prostitute; prostitution; soliciting a minor; and sexual intercourse with a minor who is less than three years younger or older than the perpetrator.

What crimes require sex offender registration in California?

The short answer to this question is: Conviction for most sex crimes in California triggers a requirement of sex offender registration. For a more detailed answer relevant to charges or allegations against you, consult with a defense attorney as soon as possible.

How long do sex offenders have to register in California?

Since January 1, 2021, California has had a three-tiered system for determining how long a sex offender must register, as follows:

  • Tier 1: At least 10 years’ registration for offenders convicted of the lowest level sex crimes such as indecent exposure
  • Tier 2: At least 20 years’ registration for offenders convicted of mid-level sex crimes, including nonforced sodomy with a minor under age 14
  • Tier 3: Lifetime registration for offenders convicted of the most serious sex offenses including rape

Can sex crimes be expunged?

Some sex crime convictions in California may be expunged under certain criteria, but sex crimes involving children – even misdemeanors – can never be expunged in this state.

Attorneys Who Know What To Expect

No matter how complex your case may seem, you have options. Explore your alternative solutions with one of our criminal defense lawyers. For decades, our lawyers at Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, have provided professional legal counsel for Californians facing serious criminal allegations.

You can call our Torrance office at 424-552-3901 or you can schedule your free consultation online by completing this form.

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