(Penal Code Sections 261.5, 288, 288a,
314 and 647)
If you need an Orange County Sex Crimes Lawyer then contact
Mr. Bruzzo at (714) 547-4636.
Sex crimes are some of the most serious crimes one can face.
In addition to carrying very high jail sentences often times
a conviction for a sex offense can require life time
registration as a sex offender. Also, even first
time offenders can go to state prison because of how seriously
the court, the law and the district attorney take these cases.
That is why it is very important to hire an attorney early
on to handle the police and the District Attorney. ALSO BEWARE
OF CALLS FROM THE ALLEGED VICTIM TO THE CLIENT WHEN THE ALLEGATIONS
FIRST ARISE. MANY TIMES THESE CALLS ARE BEING LISTENED TO
AND RECORDED BY THE POLICE. Mr. Bruzzo has successfully handled
many cases of individuals accused of sex crimes.
Sex cases become very serious when the victim is less than
14 years of age. In such cases even acts limited to touching
in a sexual manner can send the Defendant to prison for between
3 and 8 years. (Penal Code Section 288(a))
For sexual touching of a victim who is 14 or 15 years of
age the prison time can be between 1 and 3 years when the
Defendant is 10 years older then the victim or more. (Penal
Oral copulation of a person under the age of 18 years can
subject a person to up to three years of state prison. (Penal
Code Section 288a(b)(1))
Meanwhile oral copulation of a person under the age of 14
when the Defendant is 10 years older or more can subject
the Defendant to 3 to 8 years of prison. (Penal Code Section
Strangely, in some ways it is less serious a crime if the
client’s sexual conduct with a person under the age
of 18 is limited to intercourse. Under Penal Code Section
261.5 a client can be accused of having sex with someone
under the age of 18 but still face only a misdemeanor as
long as they are no more then three years older then the
Even intercourse with a person under the age of 16 when
the Defendant is 21 years old or older can be filed as a
misdemeanor offense. (Penal Code 261.5(c)).
The most significant difference in the punishment between
a Penal Code Section 261.5 offense and a Penal Code Section
288 or 288a offense is that SEXUAL REGISTRATION is not required
for offenses under Penal Code Section 261.5.
Lewd conduct (Penal Code Section 647) is
another sort of sex offense which can describe everything
from showing genitalia in public to having sex in public
or other lewd behavior open to public view. However, Registration
as a sex offender is not required for this sort of offense.
BUT BEWARE because Penal Code Section 314 addresses
very similar conduct and DOES require sex registration for
life. It is very important to hire an experienced attorney
like Mr. Bruzzo when you are charged with these sorts of
Please contact Mr. Bruzzo on any criminal matter at (714)547-4636 or fill out the form below:
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William W. Bruzzo
1851 E. First Street, 9th Floor, Suite 900
Santa Ana, CA 92705