March 29, 2013

A violation of California Penal Code section 647.6 occurs when you annoy or molest anyone under the age of 18 while motivated by an unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in the minor. The sentencing and punishment for child molestation in Riverside can be very severe. Thus, you need the experienced Riverside child molestation defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich by your side to protect your rights and fight for your freedom.

Defenses to Child Molestation in Riverside

Here are some successful defenses that our Riverside child molestation attorneys at Wallin & Klarich can raise to defend you against charges of child molestation with touching in Riverside:

Good faith belief that the victim was 18 years of age or older

If you reasonably and actually believed that the victim was 18 years of age or older, you cannot be convicted for the crime of child molestation under California Penal Code section 647.6. For this defense to be successful, you must have personally believed that the victim was at least 18 years old at the time of the offense. In addition, your belief must have been objectively reasonable, which means a reasonable person in your shoes, under the same circumstances, would have believed that the victim was at least 18 years old.

Your conduct was not directed at a minor

If your conduct was meant to be performed in private or if it was actually directed at an adult while a child was present, it is possible that your actions were misinterpreted as being directed at a minor. If this is the case, your Riverside Child Molestation Attorney can argue that your conduct was not directed at a minor, and therefore you cannot be convicted of this offense.

Your conduct was not motivated by an unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in the minor
In many cases of child molestation, children misinterpret or mis-characterize an innocent action because they are taught that any touching from a stranger is wrong. If your conduct was not motivated by sexual desire or interest in the minor, you will have a complete defense to child molestation.

Your conduct would not have disturbed, irritated, offended, or injured a normal person

Using an objective standard, the court must find that your conduct would have disturbed, irritated, offended, or injured a normal person in the victim’s position. Thus, your attorney may be able to argue that a reasonable person, under similar circumstances, would not have been offended by your actions and have the child molestation charges against you dismissed.

Finding an Experienced Child Molestation Defense Attorney in Riverside

When charged with a potentially serious crime such as child molestation in Riverside, you need a Riverside Child Molestation Criminal Defense Attorney that will fight for you using an effective defense strategy. With offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Victorville, West Covina, Torrance, and Sherman Oaks, the attorneys at Wallin & Klarich, have over 30 years of experience successfully defending clients against child molestation charges.

Call us today at (877) 466-5245 or fill out our client intake form online. We will get through this together.

Author:Stephen D. Klarich

Stephen D. Klarich is one of the most highly respected sex crime attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Klarich a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Klarich founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Klarich has been successfully representing clients for more than 38 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors, felonies and other sex crimes. View all posts by Stephen D. Klarich.

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