Sexual Assault Attorney in San Jose
Providing Diligent Representation to Clients in Santa Cruz and San Jose
The McGuire Law Office has guided numerous clients to successful legal
outcomes. If you have been arrested and charged with sexual assault, it
is important to seek knowledgeable legal services immediately. California
imposes harsh penalties on those convicted of sexual assault, and Attorney
McGuire will work tirelessly to protect your rights in court. As a San
Jose criminal defense lawyer, Christine McGuire has a thorough knowledge
of federal and state laws regarding sexual assault.
Contact the law office today to discuss your case with a tenacious legal advocate.
Sexual Assault Laws in California
Sexual assault involves a number of offenses, including sexual battery,
rape, and forcible penetration with a foreign object. Allegations of sexual
assault and abuse must be thoroughly investigated to determine the facts
of the incident. Evidence may involve witness statements, medical records,
police reports, and pictures or other documentation of the scene.
In general, sexual assault involves sexual actions with a person who:
- Is forcibly restrained
- Is mentally incapacitated
- Is unconscious
- Is otherwise unwilling or unable to give consent
Sexual battery involves touching a person’s intimate parts for sexual
gratification while they are restrained, and can be charged as a misdemeanor
or felony. If convicted of a misdemeanor, the defendant may face up to
a year in jail and up to $2,000 in fines. However, a felony conviction
could result in 2-4 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Rape involves sexual intercourse with another person who is unable or unwilling
to give consent. It often involves the use or threat of force and physical
violence. Penalties include 3-8 years in prison, and if the victim is
between the ages of 14 and 18, the penalties will increase to 7-11 years
in prison. However, if the victim was under the age of 14, the penalties
will increase to 9-13 years in prison.
Forcible penetration with a foreign object involves penetrating a victim’s
genitals or anus with an object. This is a felony offense that is punishable
by up to 8 years in prison, as well as restitution and fines. Furthermore,
those convicted will have to register as sex offenders with the state
of California, as will those who have been convicted of other sexual crimes.
Efficient Representation for Clients in San Jose
Attorney Christine McGuire, of The McGuire Law Office, passionately represents
clients charged with sex offenses. If you have been arrested and charged
with sexual assault, our
San Jose criminal defense lawyer can uphold your rights. With experience as a former prosecutor, Attorney
McGuire will listen to your concerns and represent you diligently in court.
Call the office today at (408) 214-0626 for a free consultation.