Child molestation crimes are some of the most serious sex crimes in the State of California, and prosecutors pursue convictions with extra vigor. Even an accusation of being a child molester is often enough to damage your relationships, your career, and your reputation in the community. Even worse, child molestation convictions carry severe penalties that include mandatory registration as a sex offender.
Due to the severity of these crimes, it is important to retain the services of an experienced and aggressive Oakland sex crime lawyer immediately. At the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, our attorneys understand the sensitive nature of these charges and fight aggressively to have these charges dismissed and your reputation restored.
Call us immediately at (510) 907-6600 to begin building your defense.
California Penal Code section 647.6 addresses the crime of child molestation and makes it illegal to annoy or molest any minor that is under the age of 18 while exhibiting an abnormal sexual interest in the minor. It is important to note that under Penal Code 647.6, you do not have to physically touch the child in order to be charged with child molestation. Any sexual conduct that is considered lewd and lascivious and is directed towards a child would constitute annoying or molesting a child. Examples of this include masturbation.
If you are convicted of annoying or molesting a minor, you face severe penalties, including:
In addition to prison time and hefty fines, individuals who are convicted of molesting a minor will be required to register as a sex offender pursuant to CA PC 290.
Even though these sex crime charges are serious, there are several defenses your attorney may be able to employ to have these charges reduced or dismissed. If you were unaware that the victim was under the age of 18 at the time or if your sexual conduct was not directed at the minor, you may be able to have the charges reduced.
Child molestation is a very serious crime and requires the skills and experience of a veteran Oakland sex crimes defense lawyer. No matter how serious the charges are against you—you are not alone. Don't hesitate to call our firm at (510) 907-6600 to discuss how we can help you pursue the best possible outcome.