Lewd Acts W/ Minor Articles

3 Common Misconceptions Regarding Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Minor (PC 288)

In order to convict you of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under California Penal Code Section 288, the prosecution must prove all of the following elements: You willfully and lewdly touched any part of a child's body, or you willfully caused the child to touch your body or the body of someone else You committed the act with the intent of arousing, appealing to or gratifying your…

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3 Things the Prosecution Must Prove to Convict You of PC 288

Committing lewd acts with a minor under PC 288 is a serious offense. If you are convicted of violating California Penal Code Section 288, you face up to eight years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. These are harsh consequences. However, in order for you to face these penalties, the prosecution must first prove three important things about the alleged incident. For you to be convicted of lewd…

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How Attempting to Meet with a Minor for Lewd Purposes Can Land You in Jail in Riverside County

Under California Penal Code Section 288.4, attempting to meet with a minor for lewd purposes is against the law.1 According to the State of California Department of Justice, there were 114 arrests in Riverside County for lewd and lascivious acts in 2012.2 2011 Case in Riverside County In 2011, a Murrieta man was arrested when he tried to meet a 14 year old to perform sexual acts.3 Instead of meeting with…

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List of Different Offenses Listed Under California Penal Code 288 PC

California Penal Code 288 PC lists a number of “crimes against nature”. This section includes the following offenses: Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Minor (PC 288) You are guilty of this offense if you willfully and lewdly touch the body of a child under the age of 14 with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying your sexual desires or the child’s sexual desires. Example: You touch your…

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Can I Be Charged with a Crime for Speaking to a Minor without Actually Engaging in Sex? (PC 288.3)

In 2004, NBC changed reality television by blending a news program with another kind of fascination: watching people attempt to commit crimes they would not have otherwise attempted. So it was that the Dateline NBC series “To Catch a Predator” was born. The series, hosted by Chris Hansen, used the help of the Internet watchdog agency Perverted-Justice, whose staff pose on the Internet as minors to lure adults in various…

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Does a Sex Offender on Probation Need Approval to Socialize?

In California, common conditions of probation for anyone convicted of a sex offense involving a minor include that he or she have no contact with anyone under the age of 18. Generally, the conditions apply not only to contact with minors themselves, but also to anyone who has custody of a minor, such as a parent or legal guardian. The purpose of these conditions is to limit convicted sex offenders…

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Penalties under Federal Law for Solicitation of a Minor (United States Code 18 Section 2422, 2423)

In the state of California, sex crimes involving minors are prosecuted very aggressively. If you are convicted of a sex crime involving a minor, you face imprisonment, expensive fines and lifetime registration as a sex offender. But when solicitation of a minor is charged at the federal level, potential prison time and fines increase significantly. Our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich wish to share with you the severe consequences you…

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It Doesn’t Always Take 2 to Tango: How Chatting with Minors through Phone Apps Can Land You in Big Trouble

Parents in Detroit, Mich. had a scare recently when a man allegedly preyed on their 10-year-old daughter through a popular messaging app. According to Fox News in Detroit, Eric and Vaquita Williams’s daughter was using the app called Tango when the incident began. Tango allows users to exchange messages, videos and pictures with anyone who has downloaded the app. The concerned parents say their daughter began receiving sexually disturbing voice…

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Defenses to a Federal Solicitation of a Minor Charge – United States Code 18 Section 2422 and Section 2423

Being accused of solicitation of a minor at the federal level can be a very stressful experience, as crimes are prosecuted most aggressively at the federal level. A federal solicitation of a minor conviction carries a minimum sentence of ten years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and registration as a sex offender in federal and state databases. You don’t actually have to engage in sex with…

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Consequences of Online Enticement of a Minor for Sexual Activity (Penal Code Section 288.4)

Lawmakers are particularly concerned about harm being done to minors from sexual predators. Laws protecting children from being sexually assaulted, such as penal code 288.4, have become stricter as America wages war on a new front – sex offenders. If you use any means to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, you may be face severe punishment. Many people who have been charged with this crime do so…

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