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Sexual Assault Attorney in Dublin

Over 55 Years of Defense Experience in the Tri-Valley

Sexual assault charges can lead to some of the most severe penalties. Besides facing substantial fines and long-term prison sentences, these charges can completely change the dynamics of someone’s social and professional life.

If you have been charged with sexual assault in the Tri-Valley area, it is essential to have an aggressive criminal defense lawyer on your side. For over 55 years, the Law Office of John W. Noonan has provided effective legal representation for clients going up against the most serious charges. Once we learn about the specific circumstances surrounding your case, we can provide you with straightforward and honest advice about what to do next.

Call our Dublin sexual assault defense lawyer at (925) 807-7077 for a free consultation.

Sexual Assault Laws in California

In California, sexual assault involves any sexual contact that is forced, coerced, or unwanted. The phrase “sexual assault” covers a wide range of sexual criminal offenses, including rape, incest, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, human sexual trafficking, and sexual abuse by intimate partners.

The primary essence of the law prohibits people from touching another individual’s intimate parts without their consent. Intimate parts are defined as the buttocks, sexual organ, groin, anus, and female breasts.

To prove guilt in a sexual assault case, the prosecution must establish that:

  • The defendant touched the victim’s intimate parts
  • The victim did not give his or her consent to be touched in this manner
  • The defendant’s actions had a sexual purpose, whether for arousal, gratification, or abuse

The Consequences of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault can either be charged as a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the nature and severity of the offense. Misdemeanor sexual assault is punishable by a maximum fine of $2,000 ($3,000 when the defendant is the victim’s employer), and up to 6 months in jail.

When charged as a felony, the penalties range from 1 to 4 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. In addition to fines and jail sentences, offenders will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Dependable Legal Counsel When You Need It Most

With so much at stake, be sure to consult our Dublin sexual assault attorney as soon as possible after your arrest. As a former prosecutor, John Noonan knows how judges and prosecution teams think and how they view legal arguments. We can use this to your advantage when preparing a defense strategy to get your charges dropped or reduced.

Contact the Law Office of John W. Noonan at (925) 807-7077 to discuss your case with an experienced sex crime lawyer.

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