Lewd And Lascivious Molestation Defense Attorney
Criminal Lawyer for All Sexual Related Offenses
In the State of California (Penal Code Section 288) it is lewd and lascivious molestation if an individual willfully commits a lewd and lascivious act upon a minor under the age or 14 with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passion, or sexual desires of you or the child. The age of the child is an important factor regarding sentencing, as are the severity of the acts committed.
A closely related offense is oral copulation with a minor under California Penal Code 288a.
The crime is a felony which could bring up to 8 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines or both. You could potentially also have to register as a sex offender. It is of the utmost importance for anyone accused or arrested for lewd and lascivious molestation to contact a competent criminal defense attorney who can begin an investigation into the charges and start building a suitable defense.
Fighting the Sex Crime Allegations
There can be mitigating evidence that should be sought, as well as uncovering of absolute proof of the accusations. For instance, there must be proof that you willfully intended to arouse, appeal to or gratify the lust, passion or sexual desires of you or the child. Also, if the child is not under 14, there is a different application of the law that potentially reduces the severity of the act.
There are circumstances where an adult is wrongfully accused of lewd and lascivious molestation. Authorities won’t often question allegations made by a child who may be untruthful in order to attain some real or imagined gain. If you are charged with this type of offense, contact Cron, Israels & Stark and have a consultation with a skilled criminal defense lawyer who can properly assess the situation, ask the right questions and recommend the best legal strategy for your defense.
Protect Your Legal Rights
The charges of lewd and lascivious molestation should not be taken lightly, as the prosecution will be focused on a conviction for these types of charges. However, the facts can be uncovered and a defense built to protect your reputation, your job and your future. Don’t delay in contacting our office for the strong legal counsel you will need to protect your rights.