The Law Offices of Anthony A. Arzili specializes in representing persons accused of Sex Crimes in Los Angeles. Attorney Anthony A. Arzili has earned a reputation in the courts as an aggressive and successful defense attorney in cases involves sex crimes.
No crime carries with it a stronger public sentiment nor tougher sentences than sex crimes. If you are facing such a case, you could face long prison sentences, life-time registration as a sex offender and other devastating consequences. You should trust your future to someone with the experience and legal skills to handle such a complicated matter.
Types of sex crimes
There are a wide variety of sex crimes, some are misdemeanors but most are considered serious felonies.
288 PC – lewd act with child (child molestation under 14 years old)
288a(b) PC – child molestation 14 years or older
261.2 PC – forcible rape
261.5 PC – statutory rape (consensual intercourse under 18 years old)
290 PC – obligation to register as a sex offender with the local police
311 PC – possession of obscene matter
314 PC – indecent exposure
647(a) PC – lewd act in public place
647(b) PC – solicitation of prostitution
243.4 PC – sexual battery
Things you must know
1) If you think that you may be under investigation for any sex crime, contact an experienced sex crimes attorney right away.
A majority of the cases that I have handled, persons believing that they are under investigation trusted the police to resolve the problem and basically gave them the rope to hang them with.
These cases rely heavily on the initial investigation and any statements you may give to the police. Refusing to make any statements is your right. The next right you need to exercise is to retain an attorney to prevent any more damage from occurring.
Attorney Anthony A. Arzili was recently retained on a serious PC 288 investigation involving molestation of multiple victims. The family retained my office as soon as they learned that there was an investigation. We prevented any damage to our client and forced the police to do a thorough investigation and not railroad our client. I called my client recently and told them that no charges would be forthcoming and that the police have cleared him in the matter. If this client would have waited or attempted to speak to police and resolve the matter, he would have likely been sitting in county jail right now.
2) Do not rely on the police investigation.
Most attorneys rely on the police reports as the “truth.” In my years of handling serious sex crimes, I know better. Police will usually take a “victim” at their word without any type of corroboration.
I believe that every serious sex crime necessitates our own investigation. The products of our investigation can then be used to resolve the matter or to confront the prosecution’s case at trial.
Many times, our investigations have been able to find motives to lie by victims and contradicting statements.
Also, an experience sex crimes attorney will review the medical reports and evidence against you with his own experts and not the police agency’s rubber stamp medical evaluation of the victim.
3) Psychological Evaluation
An experienced criminal defense attorney can ask the court to order a psychological evaluation of his client to show that he in fact does not possess any traits that correlate with being a sexual predator.
These evaluations are usually done in an office setting and the results do not need to be turned over to the prosecution if they are not fully positive.
On the other hand, positive evaluations are commonly used by Attorney Anthony Arzili to convince the prosecutors to resolve a case favorably.
Positive evaluations could also be used at trial, where the evaluator could testify to the unlikelihood of our client being able to commit the crime he is accused of.
If you or a loved one is facing a sex crime, you may contact us at (562) 907-4448 for a free case evaluation.