Learn What Will Happen If You Are Charged with California Penal Code 288 PC Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a Child
This is a very common charge believe it or not in Los Angeles county and it's very important that you get an attorney who has experience handling these types of cases.
So, all the marbles are on the line. You have to get someone like me who's been doing this for 26 years. I worked for the District Attorney's office, so I know how they prosecute these lewd and lascivious acts on a child in Los Angeles county.
I've also worked for a Superior Court judge in the early 1990s, so I have a good feel for how judges view and handle these type of cases. I've also been a criminal defense attorney since 1994. I have a lot of experience and have handled many of these cases.
If you want to try to avoid going to prison for a long time, there's a number of things we can do.
Evaluating the Evidence Against You in PC 288 Cases
I guess the first thing we're going to evaluate is whether we can defend the case. In other words, can they prove the cast against you? Are you going to take the case to a jury trial and let a jury decide whether you're innocent or guilty, or are we going to handle it in some other way.
That's one of the biggest things we're going to talk about because a lot of times, if it involves a child, then we're in a position where we may not have the most solid witness from the prosecution standpoint.
What the prosecutors try to do is try to get other corroborating evidence to support the child's version of what happened if that's a situation we're facing.
I've had cases where an adult walks in on another adult doing something with a child and now you've got the child and the other adult. So, it depends on the circumstances of what we're talking about. In other words:
- What exactly happened?
- What type of witnesses do they have?
- Can they prove the case?
Another big factor in these Penal Code 288 PC cases, again depending on the circumstances is, we're going to assess if there's any type of medical evidence.
In other words, are they going to be able to get a medical doctor to come in and testify that after they've viewed the child, they believe that something sexual was done to the child?
Defenses for Penal Code 288 Lewd Acts with a Minor Charges
That gives you a pretty good feel for the type of evidence that might be used in these types of cases to prove them.
If we're going to do a jury trial, we're going to do a trial where we set it up:
- you're going to be prepared to testify;
- we'll get any witnesses that are applicable , and
- we'll get ready to challenge the credibility of any witnesses that are going to come against you.
Once we get past that, if we're going to try to resolve the case, now we're going to look at what type of factors would the prosecutor and judge consider not to send you to prison?
How can we get you probation? We'll get some character letters that talk about you, who you are, what you've done for the community, if you have a family, we're going to let them know about that.
Also, we'll probably get a report from a psychiatrist to assess you as a person and see why you did this and whether you might do it again, because that's their biggest concern in these cases when they consider giving somebody a chance and probation.
When we do that, we'll probably also get a Static 99 report which is a generalized test to be able to assess whether or not you might be a recidivist, whether or not you might get involved with something like this again.
Contact the Hedding Law Firm If Charged with Lewd Acts with a Minor
If they think you're going to do this again based on what you did in this case or a record you might have, then they're going to send you to prison, there's no question about it, unless you fight the case and win.
So, if you need help you've come to the right place. Let me put my experience to work for you. Pick up the phone. Ask to speak to Ron Hedding. We'll have a confidential meeting and I'll do everything I can to help.
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