FACING CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES IN LOS ANGELES?
Child molestation could lead to disaster for the accused—whether or not they are guilty. In California, child molestation is defined as “the act of an adult intentionally initiating sexual contact with a minor.” While sexual contact can be taken to mean various things in courts, this statute mainly pays attention to the inappropriate touching of a minor in order to achieve sexual stimulation.
Simply being accused of molesting a child can destroy your relationship with friends and family. It can cause irreparable damage to your reputation, future opportunities, and career. As a type of sexual assault, molestation can be linked to many severe sexual offenses. These accusations are most often made against someone the alleged victim is close to, or has known, such as a parent, teacher, neighbor, relative, coach, caregiver, or friend.
PENALTIES FOR CHILD MOLESTATION CONVICTION
If convicted of a misdemeanor, it is possible to face up to a year in county jail with a maximum fine of $5,000. A felony can result imprisonment in state prison for up to 16 years with a fine of up to $16,000. Moreover, such convictions almost always lead to a lifetime registration as a sex offender under the Adam Walsh Act.
Key factors that determine penalties imposed:
TRUSTED LEGAL COUNSEL FOR YOUR CHARGES
Due to the severe penalties when convicted, people who have been accused of child molestation need to take every measure to avoid a guilty verdict. Okabe & Haushalter is available to aid people throughout the Los Angeles area who have been accused of child molestation. For years, clients have placed their trust in our dedicated attorneys to build strong cases that are designed to cast doubt on the prosecutions’ case in the most effective ways possible. As a firm we focus intently on working closely with our clients and conducting independent investigations and research that can prove to be vital to your case. Our skilled guidance and representation has minimized and eliminated charges for many of our clients and may be the only thing standing between you and your freedom from untrue child molestation charges.