Sexual assault falls within the category of sexual battery in California, which is defined as the unwanted touching of another person’s intimate parts, against the victim’s will, with sexual or abusive intent, and while the victim is restrained by the perpetrator or someone else. Consent is the most common defense for sexual assault, although not in cases where the victim is a child or lacking mental capacity.
Sexual battery can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. If the touching is over the victim’s clothes, the charge will likely be misdemeanor, whereas touching bare skin in intimate areas is usually charged as a felony.
The punishment for misdemeanor sexual assault is a sentence of up to six months in county jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. If the victim is or was employed by the defendant, the fine may be as high as $3,000. Felony sexual assault sentences range from one to four years in county jail, a fine of $2,000 to $10,000, and being placed on the sex offender registry.
Sex Offender Registry
Being placed on the sex offender registry is a very serious and lifelong consequence. If you are placed on the national sex offender registry, your status as a sex offender is publicly available for life. In addition, you may face strict limitations on where you may live, work, and how you may use the Internet.
Sexual Assault Defense
A sexual assault conviction can be devastating. Choosing an attorney with a proven track record and inside knowledge of how sexual assault charges are prosecuted is key to the best possible outcome. Mr. Rosenblum’s record defending against sexual assault charges speaks for itself. His priority is to make sure that you get the finest and most compassionate representation possible for a fair and reasonable fee.