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 consequences, including:
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.