Around the time that the sexual allegations against Bill Cosby hit the news, California Governor Jerry Brown signed an important bill that would end the statute of limitations on the ability to prosecute rape cases. This changes the game for how these crimes will be prosecuted in California. Of all violent crimes taking place in California, rape is one of the most serious and also more prevalent than you may think.
In the past, the laws required that a felony sex offense be commenced within 10 years after the offense first took place. However, now with these changes, new DNA evidence can emerge later if necessary to make the case. This includes any case that consists of rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation, and sexual penetration. These laws will apply for anybody who commits the crime after January 1, 2017.
These changes are important to note if you are facing rape charges in California. When you have been charged with this serious crime, you may wonder where to turn or how to defend against a crime that is taken so seriously with the courts. Perhaps you had an alibi for the night of the alleged crime or you feel like somebody is making a false allegation against you. This gives you the right to call us today for help with your case. Having a defense attorney protect you in the courtroom can make all the difference. Give us a call today to change the outcome of your case.