A UCLA student has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking a fellow student on campus. The San Jose Mercury News reports that the 25-year-old has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, assault and sexual battery. Allegedly, the man attacked a woman leaving a party, forced her to the ground, pulled up her dress and then fled the scene. He faces more than nine years in state prison if convicted.
Felony assault convictions carry heavy punishments and the state of California aggressively pursues sex crime offenders. However, a false allegation can quickly become a life-altering event when the defendant is not properly represented. Megan’s Law forces all sex offenders to register with their local law enforcement. In 1996, the Megan’s Law database became open to the public. A false accusation and conviction can force you to carry the disgrace of being labeled a sex offender for the rest of your life.
If you have been arrested for an assault crime, it is imperative that you do not talk to law enforcement without first contacting an experienced sex crimes attorney. Having a skilled Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer on your side can help prevent you from saying something that could later be used against you at your trial.
If you have been arrested for an sexual assault charge, or other sex crime, in Southern California, you need an aggressive Los Angeles sex crime defense attorney to protect your rights. At Sitkoff & Hanrahan, we understand the ramifications of an sexual assault conviction and will build a strong defense on your behalf. Call us today at 866-430-8383 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.