Child Molestation Articles

Protecting Yourself Against False Accusations of Child Molestation

Child molestation is a broader crime than most people realize. Most people assume that someone who has been accused of the crime touched a child’s genitals, buttocks, or breasts with a sexual purpose. However, under California law, it does not matter what part of the child’s body is touched. You can be charged with child molestation for touching any part of a child’s body. Because the crime is so broad…

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Is There a Statute of Limitations on Child Molestation [PC 288]?

California Penal Code 288 defines the crime of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, more commonly known as child molestation. There are several crimes considered to be child molestation crimes but the most common are the following: PC 288(a): lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14; PC 288(b)(1): lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14 using force, threat, or…

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The Differences Between Child Molestation and Lewd Acts with a Minor

The term “child molestation” could refer to a few different crimes, including sexual acts against children and acts that might not actually involve touching a child. How can you be accused of child molestation without touching a child? To understand the answer, let’s compare child annoyance under PC 647.6 and lewd acts with a minor under the age of 14 under PC 288(a). Child Annoyance or Child Molestation (PC 647.6)…

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Can a Child Be Charged with Child Molestation? (PC 288)

In nearly one-third of all sex crimes cases in which the victim was a minor, the perpetrator is also under the age of 18. So, do minors face the same criminal penalties as adults who commit lewd acts involving another minor? Over the past 35 years, our skilled child molestation attorneys have experienced many cases in which the defendant was a minor. Let’s closely examine the definition of PC 288…

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Touching a Child Anywhere Can Be Child Molestation under PC 288(a)

Most people assume that child molestation only occurs when a person touches a child’s genitals, buttocks or breast area with a sexual purpose. However, the crime of child molestation is much broader than that. Under California Penal Code Section 288(a), it does not matter what part of the child’s body you allegedly touched. You can be charged with child molestation if you touched any part of a child’s body. The…

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A Child Molestation Conviction Will Destroy Your Life

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…

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What Is the Statute of Limitations For Child Molestation?

Being accused of a sex crime can be frightening and overwhelming. The legal process is complicated and the penalties you face are severe. That is why California law attempts to protect people from false accusations. If there’s a lack of evidence against you, formal charges will not likely be filed. For this reason, there is a statute of limitations on filing charges for crimes in California. A statue of limitations…

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What is Child Molestation under California Law?

Child molestation crimes are taken very seriously in California. There is a certain stigma involved with these cases due to the nature of the crime and the act against minors. If you are convicted of child molestation, not only do you face severe criminal penalties, but your personal and professional life can also be devastated permanently. Child molestation cases hold a certain stigma to them as the victim, in these…

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Can You Be Charged with Child Molestation Without Touching a Child? (PC 647.6)

There are often differences between what the law states and what the public understands the law to be. For example, when most people hear the phrase “child molestation,” they think of an incident involving the inappropriate touching of a child. However, you could be convicted of this crime without ever touching a child. Definition of Child Molestation (PC 647.6) California Penal Code Section 647.6 prohibits any person from “annoying or…

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Child Molestation: Lack of Sexual Interest as a Defense

If you are accused of child molestation in California, you are probably horrified of the devastating consequences. However, just being accused of a crime does not necessarily mean that you will be convicted, and prosecutors may have a tough time proving that you committed child molestation. Under California Penal Code section 647.6, child molestation charges can result not only from inappropriately touching a child, but also merely from words or…

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