Molestation Charges in Murrieta
Under California Penal Code 288, it is a felony for a person to willfully
commit a lewd or lascivious act with a child under the age of 14. A violation
of this section is taken very seriously and if convicted, it is punishable
by imprisonment in the state prison for up to 8 years. Further, pursuant
to Penal Code section 290, there is a requirement for life-time registration
as a sex-offender.
To prove an individual guilty of lewd act with a child under the age of
14, the prosecutor must establish beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- The accused willfully touched any part of the child's body;
- The touching was committed with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or
gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of himself or the child; and
- The child was under the age of 14 at the time of the act.
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If you are under investigation for a sexual offense such as molestation,
sexual child abuse, lewd act with a child or any other form of
sex crime, it is important that you understand your rights. There are often cases
of mistaken identity involved with arrests for sexual crimes and sometimes
the accuser could be mistaken or lying. Sometimes, a third party such
as a parent or relative could be coaching the accuser into reporting a
sexual act that never occurred, or the contact was accidental. False accusations
and wrongful charges are, unfortunately, often reported.
Because of so many varying factors that could lead someone to being accused
of a criminal sexual act, it is of the outmost importance that you exercise
your Miranda Rights. Anything you say to the police can and will be used
against you in court. It may be a confusing and upsetting time and in
your intent to cooperate with the police you may say something that could
negatively affect the outcome of your case. You are innocent until proven
guilty, and although police and investigators will be trying their hardest
to gather evidence against you, it may be of your best interest to remain
silent and contact a top Murrieta criminal attorney.
If you have been accused of sexual child abuse, lewd or lascivious act
with a child or child molestation in Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar,
Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Banning, Perris, Corona or Riverside, you need the
assistance of an effective and experienced criminal defense attorney.
Call the Law Office of Nic Cocis & Associates immediately at (951) 666-2600 to
schedule a free consultation.
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