Sex Crimes

San Diego Sex Crimes Attorney

If you have been arrested for a sex crime, contact an experienced San Diego sex crime attorney at (619) 235-5638 for an evaluation of your case.  The sooner you call the better your chances of protecting your freedom and future.

Common sex crime charges in the State of California include:

  • Rape
  • Date Rape
  • Sexual Assault
  • Molestation
  • Statutory Rape
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Lewd Conduct
  • Lewd Acts with a Child

Rape charges involve complex and highly sensitive interpersonal issues between the defendant and alleged victim.  As a result, defendants facing rape charges must retain highly experienced and effective legal counsel.  Typically a rape charge involves two types of cases: acquaintance or date rape and those committed by a stranger.

In an acquaintance or date rape case, an effective attorney will focus on the alleged victim’s motive.  Because of familiarity between the alleged victim and assailant, these types of rape charges often include false or exaggerated accusations. Such cases frequently involve a rejected suitor, questions surrounding consent, and/or intoxication.

A successful defense of a date rape allegation requires shedding light on the accuser’s motivation through careful interview, investigation and analysis, including speaking with the accuser’s family and friends. A skilled attorney will work to uncover potential emotional issues in the alleged victim’s past, which may cause someone to falsely accuse or exaggerate her claim.

Medical evidence may also present problems in rape cases.  Upon reporting a rape or sexual assault, the alleged victim will be examined by a Sexual Assault Response Team (S.A.R.T.) nurse. Because of the sensitive nature of such examinations, more often than not the S.A.R.T. nurse finds evidence of non-consensual sexual contact.  At trial, S.A.R.T. nurses can be effectively cross-examined by an attorney well versed in the medical and legal issues involved in a rape case.  An experienced attorney will call in the best medical experts to carefully review the case and prepare him or her to successfully cross-examine the S.A.R.T. nurse.

Where the alleged victim and assailant are not acquainted, eyewitness identification plays a key role in the investigation and eventual trial. In such cases the accused must hire an attorney experienced in the various eyewitness identification factors including, duration of view, lighting, emotion, and others. A skilled attorney will be able to uncover any issues surrounding the witness or alleged victim’s identification of the accused as her alleged assailant.

Hire an experienced San Diego sex crimes attorney.  Stephen G. Cline has been practicing San Diego criminal defense for 20 years.  His reputation and experience will be the key to the aggressive defense of your San Diego case.  Call today at (619) 235-5638 to review your specific case!