The crime of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor is one of the most serious crimes you could be convicted of in California. Not only do you face severe criminal penalties if you are convicted of this crime, you will also have a negative stigma following you for the rest of your life. This poor public stigma — sometimes referred to as a “scarlet letter” — of being accused of a sexual act with a minor will result from having to register as a sex offender for life.
However, these harsh consequences do not have to affect you forever. You need to speak with an experienced criminal defense immediately if you are being charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under California Penal Code Section 288.
Consequences of Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Minor (PC 288)
From your initial contact with police to your first appearance in front of a judge, being charged with a crime of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor in California can be a very intimidating and overwhelming experience. You must be sure to have a criminal defense attorney who is well-versed with the laws involving sex crimes, who knows the nuances and specialized rules involved in plea bargaining these types of cases, and who knows the ins and outs of handling a sex crime trial, which can be very daunting compared to other crimes.
If you are convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under California Penal Code Section 288, the consequences you face will depend upon the circumstances of your case. Depending upon your age and the age of the victim, you could face a misdemeanor or felony conviction. This crime is punishable by anywhere from 364 days in jail to 10 years in state prison. In addition, your name will appear on the sex offender registry for the rest of your life.
This is why it is extremely important that you hire a skilled sex crimes attorney who has years of experience defending people accused of this specific crime. If you are being accused of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, you need to put your life in the hands of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney right away.
Call the Criminal Defense Lawyers at Wallin & Klarich Now
If you are being accused of committing lewd or lascivious acts under PC 288, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. At Wallin and Klarich, our skilled attorneys have over 30 years of experience successfully defending people charged with lewd acts with a minor. We have helped thousands of clients in their time of legal need, and we can help you now.
With offices located in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich federal attorney available to help you no matter where you work or live.
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