In 2011, 9.7% of reported cases of child abuse involved sexual abuse. Since 2011, California has been implementing a realignment policy following a ruling by the United States Supreme Court mandating lower crowding in prisons. Since then, there has been a 15% increase in parolees required to register as sex offenders violating the terms of their release. San Francisco has an especially high percentage of sex offender parole violations as compared to the rest of California.
As experienced San Francisco criminal defense lawyers, we possess a thorough understanding of how child molestation charges are structured from investigation through trial and appeal. In California, the penalties for a sex offense conviction are severe, and can be even more substantial than the penalties for murder, including a lifetime registered as a sex offender. Because the list of registered sex offenders is so readily accessible, registration can affect whether someone who is convicted can find a job or a place to live. The mere accusation of child molestation can ruin your reputation and relationships with your family, coworkers, employer, and friends. Therefore, if you are being investigated or facing charges of child molestation in San Francisco, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Below is information that may help you understand how this offense is defined in California, and how the related criminal process works from beginning to end.
How child molestation is defined in California
Pursuant to California Penal Code section 288, the offense of child molestation has a broad definition. To obtain a conviction, the prosecution must prove that (1) you willfully touched a child somewhere on his or her body or else caused him to touch himself, herself or you, and (2) you did this for sexual purposes. Although child molestation cases often include accusations that a child was touched or fondled on a sexual organ, you can also be charged if the touching occurred over a child’s clothing, and even if the area was not a sex organ, if sexual arousal was the purpose of the touching.
The San Francisco child molestation defense lawyers at Dudek & Cintean, LLP can defend you and work to restore your standing in the community. Whether the case involves a lack of intention, accidental conduct, or coaching by a third party, many child molestation charges are dismissed. We want to understand your side of the story and help you get on with your life. For a confidential consultation, call our San Francisco office at (415) 946-4020.
Call us at (415) 946-4020 for a consultation.
Alin Cintean, Attorney at Law and Richard Dudek, Attorney at Law
201 Spear St #1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 946-4020
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