California Lewd Acts with Child Attorney
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Being charged with lewd or lascivious acts with a child in California can carry a lengthy prison stay and an incredibly damaging mark on your record. There are different aspects to the crime of lewd acts with a child, all of which come with serious penalties. Do not face these charges alone, do not face the court room alone. Let Weber Law help you today!
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California Lewd Acts with a Child Charges and Penalties
What is a Lewd or Lascivious Act?
In California, statutorily, it is called lewd or lascivious acts with a child but is most commonly referred to as child molestation. It is defined as an act upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child who is under the age of fourteen years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of that person or the child is a lewd or lascivious act, aka child molestation.
There are elements to the crime that increase the severity. These elements include the acts described above that are performed by use of force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of the immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the victim or another person; the person being a caretaker of the victim; or if the victim is a child of 14 or 15 years, and the person is at least 10 years older than the child. Consent is not a factor in these cases as a minor cannot legally consent.
What is the Punishment?
Lewd or lascivious acts with a child is a felony in the State of California. The severity of the crime does affect the punishment.
• A person who is found guilty of performing an act upon or with the body, or any part or member of a child who is under the age of fourteen years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of that person can be punished by imprisonment of three to eight years.
• A person who commits lewd or lascivious acts with a child while using force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of the immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the victim or another person can be punished by imprisonment for five to ten years.
• A person who commits lewd or lascivious acts with a child and is the child’s caretaker can be punished by imprisonment for four to ten years.
• A person who commits lewd or lascivious acts with a child and the child is fourteen or fifteen years old, and the person is at least ten years older than the child can be punished by imprisonment by up to three years.
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Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights, and it is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged. Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction. Do not try to fight these charges on your own—Weber Law is ready to help you today.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a lewd acts with a child charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
How Can WEBER LAW Help You?
It can be scary and nerve wracking to have criminal charges on your record, but it has an added severity when a decade in prison, and the stigma of being a child molester is the outcome. The court system can be intimidating and without good legal help, the consequences can be devastating. Our experienced team is comfortable looking at evidence, negotiating potential plea agreements, and defending you in court. There are ways to fight the allegation of lewd and lascivious acts with a child. Weber Law will look at all the evidence available to the different aspects you could have been charged with, including but not limited to, speaking to potential witnesses, the circumstances surrounding the allegation, and even your criminal record. Weber Law will work to lower your charge or sentence. We will fight for you to keep your record clean. Lewd or lascivious acts with a child, no matter the circumstances, is not a charge that you want to fight alone. Let our team of experienced attorneys help you navigate the criminal justice system. If you or someone you know has been charged with lewd or lascivious acts in the State of California, contact Weber Law for your free consultation today.
CA Penal Code § 288, Lewd or lascivious acts; penalties; psychological harm to victim
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