Los Angeles Child Molestation Attorney
Are You Facing Sexual Related Criminal Charges?
An accusation that you were involved in child molestation, even if you have not yet been convicted or even formally charged with such a crime can negatively impact your entire life; your job, your family, your friends and your reputation within your community. In order to minimize such harsh consequences, you need to seek a defense attorney who will fight hard to keep the case out of court. Early intervention with investigating officers and prosecuting attorneys is key in these types of cases. The best advice is to not talk to police. Anything you say to law enforcement, even if you are trying to give them an innocent explanation, will only end up hurting you. A crime lawyer at Eisner Gorin LLP have experience in these matters and will guide you through the legal process.
California Child Molestation Laws
Child molestation, formally referred to as “Annoying or molesting child under 18” (Penal Code § 647.6), is a misdemeanor offense unless other circumstances apply that would make it a felony (such as certain prior convictions). In order to convict you of this offense, the prosecution has to prove that you (1) engaged in conduct or committed an act with someone who was under 18 years old at the time that would irritate a typical person and (2) that an abnormal sexual interest in the person under 18 years old motivated the action.
If the offense involved an entrance into a house or trailer coach without consent, then the prosecution would also have to prove that element of the offense as well and it can be charged as a felony.
Additionally, this statute can be used against you even if your conduct was with someone over 18 if you believed that the person was under 18. A conviction of this offense requires you to register as a sex offender for life so it is imperative that you get the best legal representation that you can.
It is not uncommon for other registrable sex offenses to be charged alongside a charge of child molestation. A list of those offenses can be found on the Megan's Law website.
The legal penalties for a child molestation will vary depending on the age of the victim, defendamt's criminal history, and the specific details of the case. The differences between a felony and misdemeanor conviction for child molestation is the length of the prison sentence, the amount of the fine, and the length of probation or parole. In most cases, the penalties are severe and include the requirement that the defendant register as a sex offender.
A misdemeanor child molestation conviction carries a maximum of one year county jail sentence and up to a $5,000 fine. A felony conviction carries a sentence of up to 8 years in state prison, or up to 16 years for continuous sexual abuse, and up to a $10,000 fine
Contact a Child Molestation Defense Lawyer
Your future is at stake. You do not want to take the risk that your lawyer will not do everything in their power to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Our legal team's dedication to our clients is clear. We not only provide our clients with excellent legal representation, but we also treat our clients with sensitivity and respect. Our law firm will aggressively fight to assure that your legal rights and interests are represented in a manner that is most beneficial to your case. We have a record of taking a hard stand for your right to receive a fair and speedy trial. In all of our criminal cases, we will fight for minimized penalties or an acquittal at trial.
Contact a criminal defense lawyer at our office right away in order to ensure the best possible result in your case. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we serve all areas in Los Angeles and throughout the state of California.