Criminal Law Most Student-Teacher Sex Crimes are Felonies in California

Published on January 15th, 2014 | by Daniel R. Perlman


Most Student-Teacher Sex Crimes are Felonies in California

Teachers are especially vulnerable for sex crimes

Most sexual abuse and/or sexual assault crimes are felonies in California. Instances of improper sexual conduct can occur between male teachers and female students, female teachers and male students, or students and teachers of the same sex. Teachers are especially vulnerable, since even the mere mention that a sex offense may have been committed may prevent them from obtaining and maintaining employment in the future.

Sex Crime Myths

What makes a sex crime accusation so unique is that Constitutional concepts are often turned upside down when it comes to defending such offenses. Experienced sex- crimes attorneys see the prejudice and bias that characterize all the unfortunate individuals who are so charged. There is a perception in the courts that the accused must prove his innocence. In a system controlled by zealous prosecution-oriented judges who believe they must err on the side of the state in order to “protect the children.” the following myths often prevail:

“children don’t lie,”
“something must have happened,”
“he/she looks like a molester”

If You are Convicted of a Sex Crime

If you are convicted of a sexual offense in California, you face a potentially lengthy jail or prison sentence and strict probationary terms. The court may require you to register as a sex offender under the California Penal Code. This duty requires you to annually update your registration with a local law enforcement agency for as long as you work, live, or attend school in California. Your name, address and photograph will also be released to the public on a sexual offender website run by the Department of Justice. The stigma of being classified as a sex offender can be devastating for both your personal and teaching career.

Protect Your Rights if You are Accused of any Sex-Related Charges

If you are a teacher who has been accused of a sexually-related crime, protect yourself by enlisting the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Fighting hard means challenging every part of the case, from identification, to scientific evidence to prior acts and witness statements. Time is of the essence. By building a strong defense against these sex-related charges, you have a better chance at protecting your rights and your reputation during the process.

If you have been accused of sex related charges call the Los Angeles Criminal Attorneys at Daniel Perlman Law.

Daniel R. Perlman
The Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman

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