Registering as a sex offender with law enforcement in California is perhaps one of the most damaging punishments a person can suffer when facing a criminal charge. What makes this punishment especially damaging, is that under California Penal Code section 290, the person must register for the rest of their life.
What is Lewd Acts With a Minor in Ventura?
In California, lewd acts with a minor is codified under California Penal Code Section 288, which states in pertinent part that a person is guilty of this offense for ‘lewd acts with a minor’ under the age of 14 years. The punishment for a conviction of California Penal Code Section 288 can include, among other punishments, a prison sentence, and a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender. (PC 290)
A lewd act occurs when the accused person is alleged to have committed an act with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of (himself/herself) or the child. The lewd act must have been done willfully, or in other words, on purpose. It is not a defense to argue that the child consented to the acts, nor is it a defense to argue that the minor was not hurt or injured.
Punishment for lewd acts with a minor
A conviction for California Penal Code Section 288 carries a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender in California. Wallin & Klarich has been defending people on these and similar charges for over 30 years. Additionally, Wallin & Klarich can work to help you no longer be required to register if you have already been convicted of a crime that requires lifetime registration.
The sex crime lawyers at Wallin & Klarich can review the facts of your case, and determine what legal remedies may be available to terminate the requirement to register as a sex offender.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, or has to register as a sex offender, it is imperative you contact our firm. Wallin & Klarich has proven results in helping clients to stop registering as a sex offender. Hiring an experienced criminal defense law firm is the best way to ensure you keep your freedom. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been helping people in your situation for over 30 years.
Please feel free to contact Wallin & Klarich to discuss your case. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 877-466-5245.