If ever there were a need for a Los Angeles sex crime attorney, it is when a charge of child molestation is made against you. If you are convicted of child molestation in California, your life will never be the same.
Just a charge of child molestation (288a, 288.5a) — not a conviction — can have an immediate negative impact on your life. Even though, in the eyes of the law, you are innocent until proven guilty, this simply means that the burden of proof that you committed the alleged crime is on the prosecution. In the eyes of the public, you will likely already be convicted.
How Can a Child Molestation Charge Impact My Life?
Imagine a school teacher who is charged with child molestation. When this happens, the teacher is typically removed from the classroom immediately and placed on administrative leave. It is certainly understandable that a school district would do this; the safety of children must be a priority. However, there are many instances in which a student lies as revenge against a teacher, perhaps because of a punishment or for a bad grade. There are times when a teacher is falsely accused because of a misunderstanding.
That innocent teacher is degraded and considered an outcast in the community all based upon mere allegations. The teacher’s reputation is tarnished despite the fact that it hasn’t been proven that he or she committed a crime.
However, if you are convicted, it will have an even worse impact on your life.
What Happens if You’re Convicted of Child Molestation?
If you are convicted of child molestation, you face severe consequences. You will likely have to serve years in prison and pay expensive fines that you cannot afford. In addition, you will likely be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life under California Penal Code Section 290.
Going back to our example of the teacher, if he or she is convicted of this crime, he or she will never be able to teach children under the age of 18 in a public school again. Moreover, he will be required to register as a sex offender after eventually being released from prison. That is, if he survives prison.
Inmates in both jails and prisons universally regard child molesters with utter disdain. More than likely, a defendant will be placed in protective custody while awaiting trial. Any contact with the general population can prove deadly. Indeed, prisoners generally run in groups for protection; they are usually forced to do so by other inmates. Most groups have a “green light” for sex offenders of any kind. If a child molester is brought into their midst — and they will find out about it — that person is marked. And even if the molester is removed into protective custody, others who are there, including informants and former gang members, may have it out for the molester.
Call the Child Molestation Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich Today
If all this frightens you, it should. A conviction for child molestation will bring ruin to the life you have heretofore known. For this reason, it is imperative that if you are charged with child molestation, you hire an experienced and aggressive Los Angeles sex crime attorney who will fight for you.
At Wallin & Klarich, our skilled and knowledgeable child molestation lawyers have more than 35 years of experience successfully defending clients accused of child molestation. We have successfully defended teachers and other people against these serious criminal charges.
Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 so we can begin helping you. We will get through this together.