Law Office of David P. Shapiro - San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney




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Sex Crime Defense Lawyer in San Diego

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Sex Crime Defense Book

Facing Sex Crime Charges?

We’ve compiled this guide to help those facing sex crime charges in San Diego, and are offering it as a free download to help those facing this unique legal challenge. We encourage you to review this guide and call us for a case evaluation.

Have you been accused or charged with a sex crime?

If you have been charged with or accused of a sex crime in San Diego, you need an experienced legal team dedicated to your best interests. Courts and prosecutors take sex crimes charges very seriously; it is imperative you do as well. Sex crimes carry severe social and legal consequences, including having to register for life as a sex offender for life pursuant to California’s Megan’s Law. Merely being accused, let alone convicted, of a sex crime can be enough to permanently destroy your career, personal life, and reputation.

If you are facing charges sexual in nature, The Law Office of David P. Shapiro can help. Attorneys with significant experience in defending sex crimes cases in San Diego.

Falsely Accused of a Sex Crime?

The social impact of sex crimes is severe, and the penalties for those convicted of sex crimes are equally rigid.  Whether out of a zealous duty to punish a responsible party, or a vindictive ploy to punish an enemy, there have been numerous cases where allegations of sexual crimes were attributed to the wrong person, exaggerated in severity, or, in some cases, completely fabricated.

False accusations for sex crimes often occur because:

  • In their desire to seek justice for the alleged victim, the courts and juries may become clouded in their judgment. The courts and prosecutors also face pressure from…
  • An engaged public demanding severe penalties and new legislation, such as Chelsea’s Law. This can lead to…
  • Knee-jerk reaction from police to make arrests quickly, resulting in the apprehension of innocent individuals.

In the worst cases individuals who are angry, vindictive, and sometimes just strongly naïve take advantage of the court system using false sex crime allegations to harm a family member, intimate partner, or acquaintance.

Even if you have been falsely accused the charges (and possible penalties) are very real if you do not present a winning defense strategy.  Regardless of the sex crime you have been accused of, the severity of the charges demand you retain experienced legal counsel immediately.


Types of Sex Crimes

Sex crimes (also referred to as sexual crimes) describe not one single act, but an entire category of criminal offenses deemed sexual in nature.  The offenses categorized under Sex Crimes vary greatly based on the act, the persons involved, and the specific factual scenario alleged.

Child Molestation

Child molestation charges are taken extremely seriously and the punishments are extremely severe.  How you defend against the facts of your case will decide the outcome – that outcome may very well affect the rest of your entire life.

Child Pornography

The internet is everywhere and law enforcement agencies worldwide are constantly testing and fielding new methods seeking out possessors and distributors of child pornography.  With so much connectivity there are times when you may come into possession of images you do not understand, are unaware you have, or do not even know you have accessed.  Our staff will examine the facts surrounding your case and determine how the evidence was collected. Read more here.

Indecent Exposure

Under California Penal Code section 314, any time your genitals are exposed in a public place with the requisite intent you can be charged with indecent exposure.  Indecent exposure charges can be very serious such as with serial flashers or when there are children involved.  They can also be the simple result of a poorly-executed joke, college prank, or just an unlucky day at the beach.  What may have started in fun could easily turn into jail time and life-long consequences if you do not obtain a quality team to defend you. Read more here.


California Penal Code 261 describes rape as forcible sexual intercourse against another person’s will and is often accomplished through additional use of force, fear, or intimidation.  Rape charges may surface if sexual intercourse occurred under false pretenses, if the alleged victim was incapable (either legally or physically) of consent, and in other situations involving both adults and minors. Read more about defending against rape here.


Solicitation and prostitution are sex crimes that are quite often interrelated.  In California, a person can be charged for seeking sexual favors in exchange for money, or for seeking money in exchange for sexual favors.  Broadly speaking, anyone who engages in a lewd act in any place open to the public may be charged with solicitation.  Many of these cases are open to interpretation – even more the need for an experienced defense team with you each step of the way.

In addition to these charges, other sex crimes prosecuted in the State of California include: sexual battery, lewd conduct, pandering, possession/distribution of obscene material, forcible penetration, and more.  If you’ve been charged with a sex crime in Southern California we recommend you contact our office immediately for a no obligation, case evaluation.

Defending Against Sex Crime Charges

The ambiguity surrounding sex crimes makes defending against sex crimes accusations a challenge for some law firms, but not for us.  The complexity of California law, the severity of the charges, and the potential for life-long consequences mean you cannot take any chances with your defense.  The legal team at the Law Office of David P. Shapiro has the expertise and knowledge to achieve success on your behalf, both inside and outside the courtroom.  Contact our office today at 619-295-3555 and received a no obligation consultation regarding your sex crime case.  There is no better time than now to take control of your defense.



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“David will work hard for you, and keep you informed. Unfortunately, I have had to use lawyers in the past who were not very open about how they were handling the case. Fortunately, David Shapiro provided a pleasant experience throughout my case. David is open, knowledgeable, works hard. Every time I was in the courtroom it put me at ease knowing I had a great legal expert on my side!”

—Sergio  –  Avvo Review