There are many possible defenses to a child molestation charge. Your attorney can make an assessment as to the best defense after learning the specific facts of your situation. Among these is attacking the child’s credibility, and subpoenaing his or her counseling, medical, or school records, as well as his or her social network and email accounts. It may mean interviewing the people he or she talks to, including family, relatives, friends, and caretakers in order to determine if the child has a grudge or motive to harm you, or else has a history of telling lies. Sometimes children have been convinced to lie about you by an older figure who has a motive to hurt you. This can be determined through an investigation by your attorney.
Other potential defenses are that the touching was accidental or that no arousal was intended. For example, if you were required to touch the child in order to assess an injury or clean something off, there was no molestation under the law.
If you are convicted at trial, the penalties that may be imposed include up to 8 years of incarceration, a strike under California’s Three Strikes law, and lifetime registration as a sex offender. If a jury concludes that you used force, or makes certain other findings, you will face up to 10 years of prison time. These penalties are quite harsh and your best interests are served by contacting an experienced private criminal defense attorney as soon as you discover you are being investigated. This may be as early as the point at which you receive a pretext call or as late as after an arrest.
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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