In California, the crime of sexual assault is prosecuted under California's sexual battery laws. Sexual battery is defined as the unwanted touching of another person's intimate parts for the purpose of sexual gratification or abuse. The touching can take place directly or through the victim's clothing. If the unwanted touching includes non-consensual intercourse, the charge is elevated to rape.
Sexual battery can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the context and severity of the assault. A misdemeanor conviction is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine. The fine can go up to $3,000 if the assault involved the victim's employer. A felony sexual battery conviction can result in up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
After being charged with a sex crime, it can often feel like the world is against you and no one is willing to listen. The police and prosecutor will do everything in their power to secure a conviction. That is why it is so important to find a Santa Ana criminal defense attorney with experience and competence. The Law Offices of Elia A. Naqvi has been working in the criminal justice system for more than 15 years and endeavors to fight just as hard as the prosecution.
Because sex crimes are of such a sensitive nature, we work hard to provide our clients with an environment that is safe, comfortable, and confidential. Developing a trusting relationship with our clients is the most important thing we do. We are honest and upfront with you, because we need you to be honest and upfront with us. That's the only way we can serve your needs in the courtroom.
To put our experience to work for you, call (714) 581-8516 for a free consultation.