San Diego Sex Crime Attorney
Sex Crime Conviction Can Change Your Life. Fight Back.
If convicted for a sex offense, you will face heavy penalties and could
be branded as a sex offender for life. At JD Law, our San Diego criminal
defense attorney, James N. Dicks, is highly qualified to provide the level
of legal skill and know-how you will need if you have been arrested and
charged with a sex crime. He has successfully defended hundreds of criminal
cases and knows what is at stake with a sex crime conviction. At our firm,
we are dedicated to helping our clients protect their rights.
Just some of the sex crime cases that we handle include the following:
Sexual Exploitation Charges in San Diego
The sexual exploitation of a minor is a serious criminal act that is often
committed online in chat rooms and on websites. Commonly, an adult can
face criminal charges for either propositioning a minor or attempting
to seduce them; however, there are many crimes that may lead to such charges.
For example, you may be facing exploitation charges if you have been accused of:
- Possessing, manufacturing or distributing child pornography
- Trafficking a child for the purpose of making a profit
- Sending illicit / obscene materials to a child
- Enticing a child to engage in sexual acts over the internet
- Withholding basic necessities in exchange for sexual favors
Entrapment in San Diego Sex Crime Cases
Entrapment is a defense to criminal charges, commonly used for sex crimes.
If a person was provoked or persuaded by law enforcement to commit a crime
that the person most likely wouldn't have committed otherwise, it
is considered entrapment. You may have been recently arrested for a sex
crime that you feel was instigated by the police. If so, we at JD Law
can help. Our firm has both experience and knowledge on our side.
If you can successfully prove that law enforcement agents persuaded you
to commit a sex crime, this defense will protect you from a conviction.
Often, entrapment occurs online; Craigslist is a common outlet. A law
enforcement agent will post an ad offering sexual services and an unsuspecting
individual responds affirmatively, only to find themselves arrested for
doing so. Even agreeing to meet up for a sexual encounter without actually
following through can result in criminal charges and severe penalties.
Proving that entrapment occurred rests on three factors:
- Law enforcement approached you and/or presented the idea of committing a crime
- You were not ready and willing to commit the crime
- Law enforcement utilized persuasive tactics to convince you to commit the crime
Is Entrapment Legal?
One common form of entrapment is law enforcement agencies that monitor
chat rooms or other websites to locate sex offenders. They will create
fake usernames and take on false identities; for example, a law enforcement
officer may pretend to be a minor and flirt with an adult online. In this
scenario, the police officer may talk the individual into sending photographs
or even in requesting photographs of the minor. Should this occur, the
law enforcement agency may press charges against the adult for the exploitation
of the minor—even if no illegal sexual activity actually occurred.
It is important to remember that although law enforcement may conduct these
sting operations outside the scope of entrapment laws, you still have
rights. By discussing your arrest with a lawyer, you may be able to more
accurately discern whether your rights have been violated and/or whether
or not law enforcement coerced you into acting in a manner that you normally
would not have.
Effective Representation for Criminal Charges in San Diego
When going up against sex crime charges, you can expect the prosecutor
to aggressively seek a conviction and the severest penalties. The legal
situation is so dangerous that your situation requires a defense team
that is powerful, creative, and who has achieved many successes. In addition
to thorough investigations, we know the areas of weakness to look for,
the most advanced cross-examination techniques, jury selection strategies,
and how to present a persuasive case.