Do you need a Criminal Defense Attorney in Fresno? If you have been arrested or charged with child molestation, it is essential to obtain legal council for help right away.
What is Child Molestation?
Child Molestation is illegal under California Penal Code 288. These acts could be anything indecent or of a sexual nature. If someone is charged with child molestation it can also be known as lewd or lascivious acts with a minor.
In order to be guilty of this crime, the following have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt:
- You willfully touched any part of a minor’s body
- You did so with the intent to cause arousal for you or the minor
- The minor was under the age of 14 at the time
Child Molestation by Force or Fear
If force or fear were used to accomplish a lewd act on a minor then it heeds greater penalties. Force or fear can refer to:
- Threats that cause fear of immediate bodily injury to the minor or someone else
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Penalties for Child Molestation
This crime is always a felony, but the penalties vary based on the following:
- The minor’s age
- Whether or not force or threats were used
- The defendant’s criminal history
No Threat or Force Was Used
If no threat or force was used then the penalties include:
- Imprisonment time, and
- Up to $10,000 fine
It’s possible to have the penalties dropped to felony probation, but it is still a felony sex offense.
Force or Threat Was Used
If force or threat were used to perform lewd or lascivious acts on a child then the possible penalties include:
- Longer imprisonment time, and
- Up to $10,000 fine
When force or threat are used, the criminal defendant is NOT up for felony probation in place of a prison sentence.
The Minor Was Harmed
If the minor is harmed, then the punishments increase substantially. It ranges from a 5-year sentence enhancement to life in prison for inflicting harm on a minor under 14 years of age because of lewd acts.
The Minor Was 14 or 15
It’s illegal for someone at least 10 years older than the 14 or 15-year-old minor to commit lewd acts against them. This crime is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony based on the facts of the case and the defendant’s criminal history. If charged as a misdemeanor the penalties include:
- Imprisonment time
- The defendant must register as a sex offender
Have you been legally accused of committing child molestation? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.
Your Defense Attorney for Child Molestation
I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Sex Crimes such as Rape, Kidnapping, Prostitution/Solicitation, and Child Molestation to name a few.
About Mark Broughton:
Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:
Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.
He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.
Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.
- Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
- Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
- Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients. He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.
Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.