Molestation Laws & Penalties
Molestation is any form of touching with a lewd or lascivious intent, regardless
of consent. Molestation of a child under age 14 is a
felony and punishable by imprisonment for 3 to 8 years. Each act of molestation
is a separate charge. A person who engages in 3 or more acts of molestation
is guilty of
sexual abuse of a child, which is punishable by imprisonment for 6 to 16 years. A child
molestation conviction can ruin your life. In addition to spending several
years in prison, you will have a permanent criminal record and be required
to register as a sex offender wherever you live.
Information contained in sex offender registries is made available to both
law enforcement agencies and the general public. A Los Angeles criminal
defense lawyer from our firm should be contacted at once if you have been
charged with molestation to begin work on your defense. You will need
skilled legal counsel and representation when disputing these charges.
A conviction in a child molestation case can result in serious and long-term
Martinian & Associates is a criminal defense firm with considerable
sex crime experience, including cases involving molestation. We know your future
is at risk when you are charged with molestation, and we will do our utmost
to ensure the best possible outcome in your case. Whenever possible, we
will work to get charges reduced or dismissed, and seek alternative sentencing.
Our clients are our top priority and we keep them regularly informed and
updated on the status of their case.