Sex Crimes


Do not wait to contact a lawyer if you have been arrested for or accused of a sex crime. Michael D. Shook, Attorney At Law, defends clients facing charges of prostitution, solicitation, sexual assault, rape, statutory rape, child molestation, and child pornography. Being convicted of these crimes has serious legal consequences and lifelong impacts. With more than 30+ years of experience practicing law in Los Angeles County, Attorney Shook understands how to navigate these complex cases and fight for the rights and freedoms of his clients. 

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Understanding California Sex Crime Penalties

The penalties for California sex crimes vary depending on the offense. Misdemeanor convictions generally result in sentences of up to one year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. Felony convictions are much more severe. Individuals who are convicted may face multiple years of imprisonment and fines of up to $10,000. 

Most convictions for sex crimes require a person to register with the state’s sex offender registry. Under California’s Megan’s Law, the names on this registry are searchable online for the public. 

As of January 2021, not everyone convicted of a sex offense in California must remain registered as a sex offender for life. Those found guilty of misdemeanor or non-violent felony sex offenses must register for 10 years. The period is 20 years for certain, less severe felonies. Individuals convicted of the state’s most serious felony sexual offenses must remain on the registry for life. 

California Wobbler Offenses and Legal Strategies

Not all sex crimes are felonies. Some are “wobblers,” a term that describes an offense that could be charged as a felony or misdemeanor. Examples of wobbler sex crimes in California include statutory rape and sexual assault. The circumstances surrounding an offense and a defendant’s criminal record can affect the severity of charges for wobbler crimes. A skilled attorney can also negotiate a lesser charge for a wobbler offense.   

Defenses Against Sex Crime Allegations

The defense strategies Attorney Shook might utilize depend on the circumstances of the case. When a person has been charged with a sex crime, he may contend that the defendant never made sexual contact or had received consent. Additionally, he may contest or unsubstantiate the plaintiff’s evidence. No matter the situation, Attorney Shook communicates with clients directly and uses all the resources at his disposal to tell their stories in court. Plus, he is available 24/7 for any emergencies that may arise in a case. 

Schedule a Free Case Review

To speak with Torrance sex crimes defense lawyer Michael D. Shook, reach out today. Case reviews are free, and Attorney Shook’s services are affordable. Clients who may need it can set up payment plans. There is no reason to wait to discuss your charges and how Attorney Shook could fight for your rights and freedoms. 

Call (310) 361-2977 today. 

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