Los Angeles Child Molestation Defense Lawyer
WHAT AM I FACING IF I AM CHARGED WITH CHILD MOLESTATION (PENAL CODE SECTION 288 VIOLATION)?
As you might guess, a Penal Code 288 is a very politically charged and serious crime. You are potentially facing time in state prison, a life time registration as a sex offender and other restrictions depending on the specific facts of your cases.
The police, prosecutors and judges treat these type of cases with priority and are laser focused on punishing the offender and making sure that society is protected.
Therefore, you must have an attorney that is equally focused on protecting your rights, reputation and freedom. For a more detailed analysis on what you are facing, you should set up a face to face consultation so that we can flush out exactly what you are looking at, in a confidential setting.
You are encouraged to be honest and straightforward with exactly what the facts are surrounding your case…this way you can receive the most accurate straightforward response in return.
- Can I Have Contact With My Children While Facing A Child Molestation Charge?
- Who Is Considered To Be A Child In A Sex Crime In Los Angeles County?
- What Prosecutors Must Prove For Lewd Acts on Minor by Force or Fear Charges
- Punishments in a California Child Molestation Case
BEST STRATEGY IF CHARGED WITH A VIOLATION OF PENAL CODE 288?
Your first move should be to consult with a local attorney that handles these type of offenses in the courthouse where your case is pending. Most courthouses have special units that prosecute these cases and if your attorney is not familiar with the political climate and how things work in the court where your case is pending, it could spell disaster for you!
These cases are no joke and the prosecutors and judges will show no mercy. Your attorney must be battle tested and know exactly what needs to be done in order to achieve the best possible result for their client.
Another important thing to consider is going into meet the attorney with the right mind set. From the first meeting, a savvy attorney that handles sex crimes in Los Angeles will be formulating your defense.
It is up to you to tell your story from the police or prosecutor’s perspective, so the attorney will know from the beginning what you are up against. You will most certainly have defenses for the allegations, but if you do not clearly spell out what those allegations are and the evidence the prosecution will be relying upon, then you are doing your attorney and yourself a disservice.
There will be time to plan and execute a defense, but first all the facts need to be laid out in a straightforward “no holds barred” manner. This is how you are going to be defended the right way and your attorney will be best prepared to meet the prosecutor and judge.
Child molestation (CALCRIM 1122) is an odious crime that requires a skilled, aggressive, and experienced defense attorney. Child molestation charges can result is some severe penalties and our sex crime defense attorneys are here to help you avoid such harsh penalties.
Our sex crime defense attorneys in Los Angeles have a combined 75 years of experience and have handled thousands of sex crime cases all throughout Los Angeles county, including child molestation cases.
California Penal Code section 288 punishes acts of child molestation which includes any lewd or obscene acts against minors. A felony conviction of child molestation may result in a minimum of 3 years and up to 10 years in prison, along with excessive fines and mandatory Penal Code 290 registration.
Time is not to be wasted if you are facing child molestation charges. We need to get started on your case immediately to gather and contest all the evidence presented against you.
The initial strategy meeting is key in deciding the direction of your case and making the right moves from the beginning of the case. Once we set the course as to how your child molestation case will be handled, then everything that we do after that will be zeroed in on our ultimate goal and game plan. I encourage you to use my 25 years of experience to make sure that you rights, reputation and freedom are protected and you end up with the best possible result.
Our sex crime defense lawyers are here to protect your legal rights and do everything we can to get you the best results possible. Our skill, experience, and unmatched credentials in Los Angeles county qualify us to effectively and efficiently defend your case for you.
WHAT DOES THE GOVERNMENT HAVE TO PROVE?
The government must prove the following elements, beyond a reasonable doubt, in order to convict a suspect of child molestation:
- Suspect engaged in conduct directed at the child;
- A normal person, would have been disturbed, irritated, offended or injured by the contact;
- The conduct was motivated by unnatural or sexual interest in the child AND
- The child was under the age of 18 years at the time of the conduct.
As the courts take this offence very seriously, the conduct by the suspect party will be scrutinized to the harshest standard. Reasonable belief that the minor was of age is a defense, so the suspects state of mind, and the beliefs he had will factor into the case.
July 2015 – San Fernando Court – Successful Case Result
San Fernando Superior Courthouse – case dismissed against client who was arrested for a violation of Penal Code Section 288 (a). The client hired the Hedding Law Firm after being arrested and posting a $100,000 bail.
Following the initial meeting with the client and getting their side of the story, I sent the District Attorney’s Office a letter and then followed up with a call to make sure that they had all of the facts before they made their decision whether to file this case against my client.
After reviewing the defense investigation package, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office decide not to file a case against my client. Even though my client was innocent, he was arrested based on false allegations and had to defend himself.
This is not the first time that I have had a serious sex crime not filed by the DA’s Office. The prosecutors in Los Angeles know that they have to be able to prove every case they file beyond a reasonable doubt. If they see problems with the case, they will not file it. They are in the business of making sure justice is done.