Penalties for Various Sex Abuse Crimes in California

Written by: Doug Ridley

What Happens If You Are Convicted of a Sex Crime?

Even accusations of a sex crime can be devastating to a person’s career and reputation. Sex crimes, however, are commonly charged and carry serious penalties upon conviction. If you are charged with a sex crime in California, you need to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible.

At Ridley Defense, we provide experienced representation for individuals who have been charged with sex abuse crimes throughout Southern California. Our knowledgeable legal team will work to get you the best possible outcome in your case. Contact our office today at (805) 208-1866 to schedule a complimentary consultation. 

What Are Common Sex Crimes in California?

Sex crimes include any criminal offenses that are sexual in nature. They can range from rape and sodomy to sexual assault of a child. It is important to know that these crimes carry significant criminal penalties and should be handled by an attorney.

Common sex crimes in California:

  • Rape
  • Sodomy 
  • Forcible penetration with a foreign object 
  • Sexual battery 
  • Aggravated sexual assault of a child 
  • Sexual acts with a child 10 years or younger
  • Unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 18

Many, but not all, sex crimes are charged as felonies. If convicted a person could face several years in prison and may have to register as a sex offender.

What Are the Penalties for Rape in California?

A person convicted of a violation of Penal Code Section 261 could face a prison sentence of three, six, or eight years. However, certain circumstances, such as the age of the other person,  may increase a person’s prison sentence.

If the act is committed against a child over the age of 14, the prison sentence may be up to 11 years. If the child was under the age of 14, the alleged perpetrator could face a prison sentence of 9, 11, or 13 years. 

What Are the Criminal Consequences of Sexual Battery?

A person convicted of touching an “intimate part of another person” for the purpose of sexual arousal, abuse, or gratification and without consent may be charged with violation of California Penal Code Section 243.4. Criminal penalties may include a jail sentence of up to one year and a fine not to exceed $2,000 or a state prison sentence of two, three, or four years and a fine of up to $10,000.

What Are the Penalties for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child?

Aggravated sexual assault of a child (Cal. Penal Code Section 269) may include rape, sexual penetration, sodomy, or oral copulation of a person who is under the age of 14. The offense is considered a felony and is punishable by a prison sentence of 15 years to life.

What Penalties Are There for Statutory Rape?

California law defines statutory rape under Penal Code Section 261.5. A person who has sexual intercourse with a minor (someone under the age of 18) may be charged with statutory rape. The penalty generally depends on the age difference between the two people. 

For instance, if the person is within three years of the alleged perpetrator’s age then the matter may be charged as a misdemeanor, whereas if the person is over three years younger then it could be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.

Charged with a Sex Crime? Contact Our Office.

Were you charged with a sex offense in Southern California? Our lawyers can help you understand your rights. We provide dedicated representation for people charged with sex abuse crimes. A conviction could result in mandatory sex offender registration restricting where you can live and work. Do not wait. Contact our office today at (805) 208-1866 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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