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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