Oakland Child Molestation Defense Lawyer
Defending Child Molestation Charges in East Bay, CA
Child molestation charges are some of the most serious sex crime accusations in the State of California, and prosecutors pursue convictions with unique vigor. Even an unfounded 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 for the rest of your life.
Due to the severity of these crimes, it is important to retain the services of an experienced and aggressive Oakland child molestation defense lawyer immediately. At the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, our attorneys understand the sensitive nature of these charges and use proven defense strategies to have these charges dismissed and your reputation protected.
Call our Oakland child molestation defense attorneys immediately at (510) 907-6600 to begin building your defense.
Child Molestation in California
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.
California Child Molestation Penalties
If you are convicted of annoying or molesting a minor, you face severe penalties, including:
- Misdemeanor Child Molestation Charges
- Up to 1 year in jail
- Maximum $5,000 fines
- Felony Child Molestation Charges
- Up to 3 years in prison
- Maximum $5,000 fines
- Prior Sex Crime Convictions
- Up to 6 years in prison
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.
If you touched the child during the sexual act, then you may be facing additional charges, including:
- Statutory rape or rape of a minor
- Sexual assault and battery of a minor
- Lewd and lascivious acts with a minor
- Sexual abuse
- Child pornography
Defenses Against Child Molestation in California
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 the sexual conduct was not directed at the minor, you may be able to have the charges reduced.
Call for a Consultation
Child molestation is a very serious crime and requires the skills and experience of a veteran Oakland child molestation defense lawyer. No matter how serious the charges are against you—you are not alone. The Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed has helped hundreds of our clients receive acquittals, dismissals, or reduced penalties—helping those accused of sex crimes avoid lifelong pariah status. When the stakes are this high, you cannot afford to call anyone other than a proven, nationally-renowned defender. We proudly help clients in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Concord, and the surrounding areas! Our firm offers phone consultations as well as jail interviews.
Don't hesitate to call our Oakland child molestation defense attorneys at (510) 907-6600 to discuss how we can help you pursue the best possible outcome.
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