According to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), in 2018, approximately 734,630 individuals were victims of sexual assault or rape in the United States. Sex crime allegations are serious and could have devastating, long-term consequences on your reputation, freedom, quality of life, and your personal and professional future. If you are being investigated for a sex crime or are facing sexual assault charges, it is critical that you retain an aggressive and highly-skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and help you build a strong defense.

McCready Law Group is committed to providing outstanding legal services and comprehensive representation to clients facing sex crime allegations. As an experienced California criminal defense attorney, I can fight aggressively on your side to help protect your rights and seek fair treatment for your charges. I'm proud to serve clients throughout Long Beach, California, and the surrounding communities of Lakewood and Cypress Hill.

Understanding Sex Crime
Charges in California

In California, a "sex crime" is defined as a crime whereby the defendant subjects the victim to sexual touching in an unwanted, offensive nature or without consent. Sex crimes include everything from lewd conduct to rape, sexual battery, statutory rape, child pornography, and oral copulation by force. Some of the most common examples of sex crimes in California include:


California law defines rape as the use of force, threats of force, or fraud to have non-consensual sexual intercourse with another person not married to the offender (Penal Code 261 PC).

Penalties: Rape is a felony offense punishable by up to 8 years in state prison. If the alleged victim is a minor, the defendant could face up to 13 years in prison.

Sexual Assault and Battery

Under California Penal Code 243.4 PC, a person who touches the intimate part of another person for purposes of arousal, sexual gratification, or abuse, is guilty of sexual battery.

Penalties: Imprisonment in county jail for 1 year and a fine of up to $2,000, or imprisonment in state prison for 2, 3, or 4 years, and a fine of up to $10,000.



Statutory Rape

Under California Penal Code 261.5 PC, statutory rape is a crime that occurs when any person engages in sexual intercourse with a minor or person under the age of eighteen. Regardless of whether the sex was consensual or initiated by the minor, statutory rape is still considered a crime.

Penalties: Prison sentence of up to 4 years and a fine of up to $10,000. However, the penalties will depend on the age difference between the two parties involved.

Spousal Rape

California Penal Code 262 PC defines the offense of spousal rape as a rape committed against one's spouse. Spousal rape may occur when one spouse uses physical force to have sexual intercourse with their partner.

Penalties: Potential penalties include 3, 6, or 8 years in state prison.

Lewd Conduct

California law defines lewd conduct as touching your own or another person's genitals, buttocks, or a female breast, in the presence of other people, for sexual gratification or to annoy the person. Penal Code 647a PC prohibits lewd conduct in public.

Penalties: Punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, up to 6 months in county jail, or both.

Indecent Exposure

Under California Penal Code 314 PC, indecent exposure occurs when a person willfully or deliberately exposes his or her naked body or genitals to another person who would be annoyed or offended by it.

Penalties: Punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, up to 6 months in county jail, or both.

Failure to Register As a Sex Offender

In California, sex offenders are required to register every year within five working days of their birthday, and any time they move to a new address. According to Penal Code 290 PC, failure to register with the local authorities as a sex offender is considered a crime.

Penalties: Potential penalties include up to one year in county jail (misdemeanor) or up to three years in state prison (felony).

Other Potential Sex Crimes include:

  • Child Molestation

  • Solicitation

  • Prostitution

  • Human Sex Trafficking

  • Possession of Child Pornography

  • Lewd Acts with a Child

  • Date Rape

Potential Sex Crime Defenses

Possible defenses for sex crime charges in California may include:

  • A claim of actual innocence

  • Victim of a false accusation

  • Sex was consensual

  • No sexual contact occurred

  • Insufficient evidence

  • Mistaken identity

  • Insanity or mental incapacity

Work with an Experienced Sex Crime Defense Attorney in Long Beach, CA

Allegations of sexual battery, rape, and other forms of sex crimes can cause irrevocable damage to your quality of life and future opportunities. If convicted, the defendant could be facing lengthy jail time, substantial fines, and registration as a sex offender. When defending a sex crime charge, having the right legal defense strategy that fits your particular situation is paramount to pursuing a positive outcome in your case.

At McCready Law Group, I have devoted my career to providing comprehensive representation to clients facing a wide range of sex crime charges. Using my extensive experience and detailed understanding of the California criminal justice system, I can review every detail of your case, conduct a thorough investigation, and outline an effective defense strategy that is uniquely tailored to the circumstances of your case.

As a knowledgeable California sex crime defense attorney, I will fight aggressively on your side to defend your rights and help you pursue the best possible outcome for your case. I will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive fair treatment every step of the way.


If you are facing sex crime charges, don't face them alone. Contact McCready Law Group today to schedule a free one-on-one case assessment. I can offer you the comprehensive legal guidance, advocacy, and vigorous representation you need. I am proud to serve clients throughout Long Beach, Lakewood, and Cypress Hill, California. Call my law firm today to schedule a free consultation and find out how I can help you fight back against the charges you’re facing.

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