Rape and Statutory Rape

Rape and Statutory Rape

Defending Against False Accusations of Rape and Sexual Assault

The facts surrounding allegations of rape or sexual assault are never cut and dry. There is always a different view of what happened according to each party. However, if you are the one being accused of rape, you deserve a strong legal defense by a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney.

My name is J. David Markham. I am a criminal defense attorney and certified criminal law specialist in California. I will use my decade of experience in criminal law to aggressively and effectively defend you against any rape, statutory rape or sexual assault charges. I have an office in Lakeport and can serve as a Lake County rape attorney for people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake County and Mendocino County. Contact me for a free initial consultation.

Protect Your Future and Fight Against Rape Charges

There is a lot at stake if you are facing rape charges. Not only are there criminal penalties such as fines and jail time, but the possibility of registration as a sex offender. Once you are on the sex offender registry, it is almost always for life. This is public record to anyone and the social stigma from this is devastating. Your future employment and work opportunities will be negatively affected. I will do everything I can to help protect your future and fight off rape charges by aggressively advocating for your innocence as well as thoroughly combing through the evidence and all relevant facts.

Statutory Rape Charges

In California, having sex with a minor (someone under the age of 18) is considered statutory rape. This is regardless of whether the sexual act was consensual or not. Even if the minor lied about their age, this is not a defense. The larger the age difference the more severe the criminal penalties. If you are facing statutory rape charges, now is the time to seek out the appropriate legal representation.

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Effective Criminal Defense for People Charged With Sex Crimes

Sex Crimes

Have you been charged with a sex crime? If you understand the severity of the penalties you could face if convicted, you know that you need to fight these charges. I can help. I am attorney J. David Markham, a certified criminal law specialist. I can provide defense for people accused of:

  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Statutory rape
  • Sexual abuse
  • Child molestation
  • Child pornography
  • Lewd and lascivious conduct
  • Internet sex crimes

Working out of my office in Lakeport, I can serve as a Lakeport sex crimes attorney for people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake County and Mendocino County. Contact me for a free initial consultation.

Child Pornography

The penalties for child pornography are harsh. They include serious jail time as well as being a registered sex offender. If you think you are being investigated for child pornography, act now and seek legal help immediately. Child pornography charges can include:

  • Online solicitation of a minor
  • Distribution of child pornography
  • Possession of child pornography

Sex Crime Convictions Require Sex Offender Registration

Rape and Statutory Rape

While fines and incarceration are certainly serious penalties, the penalty that makes sex crime charges especially important to fight is mandatory sex offender registration. People convicted of a sex crime are branded as sex offenders, and that stigma stays with them for life. They have to keep the government informed of where they are. Neighbors will know, and they will react accordingly, as will potential employers and institutions of higher learning. Life may never be the same. I will work hard to prevent you from having to face these serious consequences.

Investigation of Sex Crimes and False Accusations

Immediately, I will begin your sex crime defense case by sending an investigator to talk with witnesses and gather every detail that could possibly prove critical to your case. I will review the videotape or audio recording of any statement made by the alleged victim. This is important, because there are details there that might not have translated to the police report. It will allow me to see how the questions were asked, how the victim was acting when responding and how they answered the questions specifically.

In cases involving false allegations, I will bring in psychiatrists, experts on false memories and other experts who may be able to help deconstruct the accusations made against you. I will see that no stone is unturned and no option is left unconsidered. I will work hard to get you through this.

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