Why Having an Experienced Sex Crimes Law Firm on Your Side Can Make All the Difference
Section 288 of the California Penal Code defines the crime of child sexual molestation. Section 288(a) states that “any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd of lascivious act…of a child who is under the age of 14 years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust passions, or sexual desires of that person or the child, is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or eight years.” Section 288(b) provides, in part, that “any person who commits an act described in subdivision (a) by the use of force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the victim or another person, is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or eight years.”
The elements of Section 288 seem to be straight-forward, but in practice they are far from clear. Many of these types of cases never go to trial because the district attorney does not have enough evidence and entices the defendant into accepting a “deal” in the form of a plea bargain.
In these situations, it is very important to have an experienced sex crimes attorney on your side. The sex crimes attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years of experience in handling the complex matters of Penal Code Section 288 cases. We have successfully represented teachers, principals, doctors, dentists, parents, stepparents, grandparents, family members as well as family friends who found themselves accused of this very serious crime. Our law firm’s guidance and legal advice can help lower your stress while providing you the legal knowledge you need to make an informed decision in your case. You can reach our experienced lawyers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (877) 466-5245.