Human Trafficking

While slavery was abolished in the U.S. over a hundred years ago, thousands of men, women, and children in this country continue to be deprived of their liberties and forced into involuntary labor or sex acts each year. Human trafficking is the act of depriving or violating the personal liberty of another with the intention to obtain forced labor or services.  It involves exploiting a person or group for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or both, using force, fraud, or coercion. Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises in the world.

Human Trafficking

Penalties for Human Trafficking in California

In California, human trafficking is a very serious crime with harsh penalties.

If you’re convicted of human trafficking to obtain forced labor or services, you could be facing up to twelve years in state prison and a fine of up to $500,000!

If your human trafficking charges involve commercial sex, child pornography, or extortion, you could be looking at twenty years in prison, up to $500,000 in fines, and being ordered to register as a sex offender.

If the charges involve engaging a minor in a commercial sex act, you could be sentenced to up to twelve years in state prison, up to $500,000 in fines, and be ordered to register as a sex offender.

The charges can be enhanced if the offense you’ve been charged involved the use of force, fear, fraud, deceit, coercion, violence, duress, menace, or threat of unlawful injury to the victim or another person.

NOTE: If you were arrested or convicted of a non-violent offense while being a victim of human trafficking, you may petition the court for vacatur relief (a ruling or order that annuls or sets aside an earlier judgment or proceeding) of your conviction and arrest.

Defend Yourself Against Human Trafficking Charges in Orange County CA

Have you been charged with human trafficking in Orange County, CA? Depending on the type of human trafficking crime you’ve been charged with, you could be looking at up to life in prison, up to half a million dollars in fines, and the possibility of being ordered to register as a sex offender. None of these outcomes is very pleasant – you need an experienced Orange County, CA human trafficking lawyer, and you need one now!

Contact the law office of Orange County, CA, human trafficking attorney Jim Tanizaki without delay. Jim Tanizaki is a former Orange County DA turned criminal defense attorney. He knows the tactics the state will use to obtain their human trafficking conviction. Even though the charges against you are very serious, there are many defense strategies that could be used to get the charges against you reduced or even dropped:

  • You didn’t deprive the victim of their liberty
  • No force or coercion was involved to get the victim’s cooperation
  • You made a mistake of fact
  • The allegations against you are false
  • The evidence against you was illegally obtained

Contact an Orange County, CA Human Trafficking Attorney Today

Even though your situation may seem hopeless, it’s important to remember that there are effective legal defense strategies for any human trafficking charge in Orange County, CA. Find out what your legal options are. Use our website, or call us at (714) 655-7633 to schedule a free, confidential initial consultation with Orange County, CA human trafficking defense attorney Jim Tanizaki to discuss your case.