Sex Crimes / Registration

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Sex Crimes / Registration

Sex Crimes Defense / Registration

A sex crime is one of the most serious criminal charges that a person may face. A mere accusation of a sex crime can have devastating effects on your life, including social embarrassment, serious harm to your career, reputation and damage or destroy marriages and other relationships. If convicted of a sexual offense in California, you face a potentially lengthy jail or prison sentence and strict probationary terms. In addition, the court will likely require you to Register as a sex offender under California Penal Code Section 290. 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. If you fail to register as a sex offender, you can face an additional criminal charge for violating Penal Code Section 290. The stigma of being classified as a sex offender can be devastating for both your personal and professional life.

Defending against sex crimes allegations is difficult because of the nature of the crimes involved. Juries are often inclined to believe alleged victims when sexual misconduct is alleged. It is important to effectively find ways to undermine an alleged victim’s credibility, especially in sex related cases. At the same time, it is important to humanize someone accused of sexual based crimes to get a fair shake in the process. More than any other type of crime, it seems as if everything is stacked against you. Few areas of criminal law have so many wrongfully convicted people as sex crimes. Do not become one of these unfortunate people, contact the Law Office of Brian R. Watson. Even if you have not been arrested and charged with a sexual offense but are being investigated, it is important for you to seek legal help as quickly as possible. The quick intervention by our office will have significant benefits to the outcome of an issue regarding sexual allegations. Contact us today and we will discuss any issue that is facing you.


In addition to a prejudice that may be in the minds of prosecutors and juries, there are legal barriers that can make it difficult to defend a sex crime. An example of this is called is “Rape Shield Laws.” Under the Rape Shield Laws, a defendant is generally unable to introduce prior sexual conduct of the alleged victim to support a defense of consent. While the Rape Shield Laws were intended to encourage more “actual victims” to come forward and testify, it has made it easier to falsely accuse and convict an innocent individual. The California legislature passed Evidence Code § 1108 that further crippled a defendant’s ability to remain innocent in the eyes of the jury until proven guilty.

This code section allows the prosecution to introduce allegations made by any alleged victim claiming that a defendant previously sexually assaulted him or her. This allegation does not need to be supported by any previous conviction, criminal charge, police report or corroborative evidence.


At the Law Office of Brian R. Watson we defend against any sex crimes charge including:

  • Juvenile defense
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Rape/sexual assault
  • Date Rape
  • Statutory rape (sex with a minor)
  • Child molestation
  • Internet sex crimes (pornography)
  • Solicitation/prostitution
  • Lewd or lascivious behavior
  • Solicitation of a minor
  • Indecent exposure
  • Failure to Register



You need a sex crimes defense attorney with the experience and dedication it takes to take on a case and give it the thorough investigation and aggressive litigation it needs in court in order to break through the jury’s prejudice and communicate your side of the story. We understand the fear and uncertainty that you experience when charged with a sex offense. No one wants to live with the lifelong stigma of a sex crimes conviction and the registration requirement. We understand the impact of these cases on our clients, and our goal is to get you the best possible results. We obtain successful results including obtaining early dismissal of charges, winning acquittals at jury trial, negotiating a no sexual registration resolution, reducing felony charges to misdemeanors, and avoiding prison. Feel free to contact us for a confidential consultation regarding any sexual allegation that may have been made against you. Call (707) 429-8507 for a free consultation and case review.

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