Penal Code Section 288 refers to the committing of lewd acts, for the intent of sexual arousal, with a child under the age of 14 or a dependent person. A dependent person is defined as any person who has an impairment that substantially restricts their ability to protect their rights. Defendants who commit these crimes will be charged under CPC Section 288 and are punishable by fine and prison time. Sexual assault is a serious offense and it is imperative that you arm yourself with the best attorney team for your case.
Have you been accused of violating Penal Code Section 288?
Crimes that fall under California Penal Code Section 288 are considered to be “wobblers”. That is, they can be prosecuted as either misdemeanors or felonies depending on the specific circumstances of the case. In addition to the fines and prison time that a person who is found guilty of charges under CPC Section 288 faces, they may also face a lifetime of being included on California’s sex offender registry list. These crimes are taken very seriously and you can be sure the prosecution will pursue a conviction with all the intensity they can muster.
Contact an experienced Los Angeles Attorney
As these crimes are considered to be especially heinous, convictions are very sought after. If you have been charged with a crime under California Penal Code Section 288, it is crucial that you work with a qualified, experienced and aggressive attorney to build your defense. Our firm of experienced criminal defense attorneys are ready to fight for the best possible outcome for your case. Call the law offices of Okabe and Haushalter to determine your legal options and start building your defense today.