There are several legal defenses that may be used in a sexual assault case in California (PC 243.4), including:
Mental incapacity can be a defense in a criminal case if it can be shown that the defendant was unable to understand the nature and consequences of their actions due to a mental disorder or disability. This can be used as a defense in a sexual assault case if it can be demonstrated that the defendant was unable to understand that the sexual conduct was wrong or that the victim did not consent. However, each case is unique and the specific circumstances and evidence will be taken into consideration when determining the validity of a defense based on mental incapacity.
In California (PC 243.4), the penalties for sexual assault depend on the specific circumstances of the case and the severity of the crime. Sexual assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, and the potential penalties can range from probation and counseling to imprisonment in state prison.
If the sexual assault is charged as a misdemeanor, the potential penalties may include:
If the sexual assault is charged as a felony, the potential penalties may include:
It is important to note that these are just general guidelines, and the specific penalties that may be imposed in a particular case will depend on the specific circumstances of the crime and the defendant's criminal history. An attorney can help you understand what penalties you may be facing if you have been charged with sexual assault in California.
Regardless of the classification of the offense, it is important that you seek the assistance of competent legal counsel to help you best understand your legal defense while identifying an outcome that best minimizes your risk. We here at the H Law Group patiently await your call.