Orange County (OC) Child Molestation Attorney

Overview of Child Molestation Charges:

Child molestation charges are always serious and often result in a lifetime registration as a sex offender, as well as a very long prison term.  The highest prison terms involve alleged victims under the age of ten.  These also involve the most serious charges.  These cases often result in a life term in prison.  A life term can also be a potential sentence if there are multiple alleged victims.  Most of the multiple alleged victims cases involve victims younger than fourteen.  In the case that an alleged victim is fourteen or fifteen, and the accused is at least ten years older, the result could be a less severe charge of child molestation.

Our Orange County, CA Defense lawyer has dealt with many of these types of cases and has been successful in having many of them dismissed.

 Misdemeanor Child Molestation: 

Some types of child molestation charges are considered misdemeanors.  One of these variations is known as "annoying a child."  These cases require registration as a sex offender, and must be considered just as serious as felony cases.  They must also be fought for just as hard.  Statutory rape is an example of a sex offense that does not require registration as a sex offender, as a charge of  a misdemeanor or a felony.  Statutory rape cases involve sexual intercourse between a person under the age of eighteen, and a defendant at least three years older than the alleged victim.  There are some cases of child molestation that are originally filed as a more serious charge, but are able to be reduced to a non-registrable form of "unlawful sex" through negotiation.

Call our Orange County, CA Criminal Defense Attorney for a free initial consultation.

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