Schwartz & Powell

Ventura County Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys

The mere accusation of a sex crime can ruin your reputation. A conviction can lead to the loss of your job, your family and your freedom. Even after you think the nightmare is over, you could find yourself subject to sex offender registration. When the consequences of a conviction are so high, you need to be represented by a team of lawyers who know how to handle sex crimes. There are many innocent people in prison cells and on the public sex offender registry who are there because they did not get the proper attorney to defend them.

When you are a suspect in a sex crime, the proper attorney is critical. Schwartz & Powell defends sex crime cases such as rape, molestation, child sexual abuse, possession of child pornography, solicitation of a minor and accusations of indecency. Schwartz & Powell, including a former Ventura County Deputy D.A. who prosecuted these cases exclusively for two years, has earned a reputation for case results, which include many acquittals and dismissals. No matter what stage your case is in, whether you have been accused or charged, you need to contact an experienced lawyer. If you have been arrested and charged with any sex crime, immediate action is necessary. Schwartz & Powell is the place to turn when accused of such crimes.


Schwartz & Powell Has More Not Guilty Verdicts Than
Any Other Law Firm in Ventura County. Schwartz & Powell serves Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Kern, San Diego Counties.

There is nothing more devastating to you, your family and your reputation than being charged with a sexual crime.  Sex crimes can carry a sentence of anywhere up to life in prison.  If you are accused  or charged with one of these offenses you must protect yourself and your family.  Schwartz & Powell has handled many of these cases successfully.  Immediate attorney intervention is necessary under these circumstances. Please give us a call.

Call us at 805-658-8955.

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by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The dirty little truth about plea bargaining is this: innocent people plead guilty to charges for which they are not actually guilty so as to avoid the risk of greater sentences should they be convicted at trial. People’s risk tolerance can trigger a surrender syndrome causing them to plead guilty merely to get out of jail in a reasonable time.


by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Ventura County criminal defense lawyers with any substantial experience realize, when the proof is there, a defendant should know about and consider plea bargaining. Not every criminal charge should go to trial.

Fourth Amendment Stripped Naked

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution used to prohibit unreasonable search and seizures. The present United States Supreme Court seems not to understand this fundamental principle of constitutional and procedural criminal law.

Stop the Death Penalty in November 2012

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The Death Penalty faces a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" vote in November 2012 when the punishment hits the California ballot. Earlier this week 800,000 signatures of registered voters looking to abolish the barbaric practice of killing convicted killers have been delivered to Sacramento. The demise of State authorized homicide will be in the electorate's hands this election year.

U.S. Supreme Court : No GPS Tracking Without Warrant

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The United States Supreme Court recently said warrantless GPS tracking of a cocaine dealer is a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure. They reversed his conviction because in this drug case the motion to suppress evidence properly should have been granted. The evidence was obtained through secretly tracking the dealer with a GPS device law enforcement planted under the dealer’s automobile. The court in U.S. v. Jones decided 9-0 that GPS tracking requires a warrant.

“I Don’t Want to Talk”: Police Interrogation

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Most people believe their rights under the Fifth Amendment to remain silent and not allow police interrogation must be respected by law enforcement. After all, the Fifth Amendment is the law so why would law enforcement try to break the law by violating Miranda? That doesn’t make good common sense. Don’t we want to ensure the police don’t browbeat citizens suspected of criminal conduct? Don’t the police want to obey the law in conducting their business?

Eyewitness ID: Who’s on First, So Who’s on Second?

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The old Abbot and Costello “Who’s on First . . .” comedy bit is a riot. Regrettably it is all too true for Ventura criminal defense lawyers who must fight wrongful identification testimony and citizens wrongfully accused of and then convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. Any case depending on eyewitness identification depends on the witnesses’ ability to perceive, to recollect and to relate his or her observations accurately; and from time to time the examination of such witnesses does sound a bit like the Abbot and Costello routine. But it is not so funny when one’s life or liberty or fortune hangs in the balance. This type of evidence is notoriously unreliable. Any experienced Ventura lawyer knows this.