Child molestation carries harsh penalties and is one of the most serious of charges. The social consequences of this type of charge are also very devastating. If an innocent person is charged with this type of crime, their life can be changed forever, and not in a good way. If a person is convicted of a sexual offense against a child, they will be listed as a sex offender for the rest of their life in addition to being a social outcast. Family relationships and friendships can be irreparably damaged.
A person can be falsely charged with child molestation. The problem is, however, that this is one instance where the accuser is the one who is believed without doubt. Even if the charges are false and it has been proven beyond any doubt, the accused is often left with the brand of being a sex offender.
Penal Code section 288 states that it is a crime to touch a child who is under the age of 14 with the intent of having sexual relations. If the touch is sexual in nature, contact with the child, even if it is through clothing, is illegal. According to the law, children who are under the age of 14 are not able to give their consent.
Each touch, if it involves sexual intent, is a criminal act. If the child who is being molested is 14 or 15 years old and the assailant is at least 10 years older than the child, it is a violation of Penal Code section 288(c)(1). Whether the child is 14 years or younger, the person being charged will be labeled on a sex offenders' list for the rest of their life.
When the age of the child is 16 or 17, the charges progress from child molestation to sexual battery or statutory rape. If a person is charged with either offense, they will be required to register on the sex offender list.
If a person is charged with any kind of crime against a child, they must immediately hire an attorney. The attorneys at the Ross Law Center will take control of the case. They will use whatever means necessary to clear your name. If you have been charged with sexual molestation of a child, call our office today. We will keep things confidential and work with you to build your case.
Call Ross Law Center at 858-688-7830 for a free consultation. Our criminal defense attorneys serve the following Counties and communities El Cajon, Chula Vista, San Diego, Vista, Oceanside.