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What is propensity evidence? Propensity evidence is evidence of one crime that is used to show the defendant is more likely to have committed another crime.  For example, the prosecution could use evidence of another act of domestic violence to help prove that the defendant committed the current crime of domestic violence.  Crimes would have…

Orange County Child Molestation Attorneys Califorina Penal Code section 647.6(a)(1) prohibits a person from annoying or molesting a child.  A child is someone under the age of 18.  California Penal Code section 647.6(a)(2) criminalizes the exact same conduct if that person is dealing with an adult whom they think is a child.  This second section…

California Statutory Rape Attorneys Statutory Rape, as defined by California Penal Code section 261.5(a), is defined as unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, who is not your spouse.  A minor is person under the age of 18 years.  Consensual sex with a minor is still illegal.  Statutory rape presumes the sex was consensual.  If the…

California Sexual Battery Attorneys Sexual Battery Overview California Penal Code section 243.4 prohibts sexual battery which is defined as any person who touches an intimate part of another person against their will and for the purpose of sexual arousal. The crime is a wobbler, which means that depending on the circumstances involved, the crime could…

California Rape Attorneys California Penal Code section 261 prohibits rape, which is defined as sexual intercourse with someone other than a spouse under any of the following circumstances: 1.      Where the victim is incapable of giving legal consent because of a mental disorder or developmental disability, and the defendant knew of the victim’s condition or…

California Solicitation of Prostitution Attorneys Overview Prostitution is defined as “any lewd act between persons for money or other consideration”. Penal Code section 647(b) prohibits anyone who solicits or engages in prostitution. This means both the customer (aka the “john”) and the prostitute can be arrested for this crime. Penal Code section 653.22 prohibits anybody…

California Lewd Conduct Attorneys Every person who solicits anyone to engage in or who engages in lewd or dissolute conduct in any public place or in any place open to the public or exposed to public view is guilty of California Penal Code section 647(a). This crime is often charged in conjunction with indecent exposure….

Internet Sex Crimes Attorneys There are several laws that relate to sex crimes committed using the internet but law enforcement agencies are concentrating on sex offenders who seduce minors in internet chat rooms andprostitution, which usually takes place at sites like Backpage and Craigslist.  California Penal Code section 288.3 makes it a crime for an…

California Indecent Exposure Attorneys Califorina Penal Code section 314 prohibits a person from willfully and lewdly exposing their private parts in a public place where other people are present that could be annoyed or offended. A first conviction is normally a misdemeanor, but subsequent indecent exposure convictions are felonies.  However, even a misdemeanor conviction for…

California Child Pornography Attorneys Child Pornography involves the possession, use or distribution of obscene or sexually explicit material involving children under 18.  Basically, child pornography consists of pictures or videos of nude children and/or children in sexual acts.  It is illegal to possess or distribute child pornography under both federal law and California state law. …

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