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Child Molestation or Sexual Assault is a crime with very serious legal and social consequences. Even an accusation of these types of offenses can, and often does, mean the end of marriage, parenting, and career. The mere hint of this offense ruins the lives of not only the defendant but his family and friends.
It is important that you entrust your case to an attorney who understands the law on child molestation, abuse, and sexual assault cases. Your lawyer should know how to approach and defend you against charges of child molestation and sexual assault.
Jennifer Le is experienced in criminal defense for child molestation, child abuse, sexual assaults, and child-related sex crimes in Orange County. She has successfully defended against many cases involving false accusations by children and has kept many clients from suffering a criminal conviction and the terrible consequences that follow.
In California, most child molestation and abuse cases are charged under Penal Code Sections 288(a) and 288.5(a).
Section 288(a) states that any person who commits a lewd or lascivious act on a child under the age of 14 is guilty of a felony punishable in the state prison for 3 to 8 years. Each act on a child constitutes one charge.
Section 288.5(a) states that any person who engages in 3 or more acts of substantial sexual conduct with a child under the age of 14 or 3 or more acts of lewd and lascivious conduct is guilty of continuous sexual abuse on a child. This crime is also a felony and is punishable from 6 to 16 years.
The law defines lewd and lascivious act as any touching of the body of a child under the age of 14 with the specific intent to arouse, appeal to, or gratify the sexual desires of either party. Please contact the Law Office of Jennifer Le, immediately if you or a loved one is:
BEING ACCUSED/SUSPECTED OF CHILD MOLESTATION or
BEING INVESTIGATED FOR SUSPECTED CHILD MOLESTATION or
CHARGED FORMALLY WITH CHLD MOLESTATION
There are few crimes more repulsive to the general public than sex offenses. That is why a person charged with these crimes cannot afford to do anything but fight hard to get the best possible result
Fighting hard means challenging every part of the case, from identification, to scientific evidence to prior acts and witness statements.
Do not attempt to handle this matter by yourself. Time is of the essence.
Speak directly to Jennifer Le and not to the police or any other person.
In California, courts claim to treat minors charged with sexual assault/molestation charges as persons needing treatment. All too often, the outcomes do not mirror the courts intentions and children find themselves in juvenile prison.
It is extremely important that a minor have proper medical care and evaluation so that the court may understand what motives drove the child to this conduct. It is a mistake to wait for the courts to seek this information as the accused minor will lose the confidentiality of the doctors conclusions after the court orders an evaluation itself.
It is also the case that sometimes there is simply nothing wrong with the conduct, but simply a case of exploration.
It is important to conduct a thorough investigation as quickly as possible, interviewing all possible witnesses to preserve the record and any defenses to the conduct, particularly if the child’s mental state was in question.
That is, did the child understand the nature of the conduct and its wrongfulness, a preliminary question that can be answered with careful preparation through investigation.