Child Molestation: California Penal Code 288

Child Molestation is the crime of committing sexual acts with children under the age of 18, including touching of private parts, exposure of genitalia, taking of pornographic pictures, inducement of sexual acts with the molester or with other children and variations of these acts by pedophiles. Molestation also applies to incest by a relative with a minor family member and any unwanted sexual acts with adults short of rape.

In California, child molestation is a crime that can carry a permanent social shame and serious legal consequences. One charge of child sexual molestation or abuse can send a parent, professional or any adult to prison from eight years to life.

If you are convicted of child molestation in California, the possible punishment for a conviction can be quite severe because of Megan’s Law, a California Child Molestation conviction could mean that you must register as a sex offender yearly everywhere you go for the rest of your life.

Due to mandatory sentencing, many innocent people are now serving long prison sentences. If you are accused of child molestation or abuse, it is critical that you understand what you face in this type of case and what you must do to protect your freedom, your reputation, and your family.

At the Law Offices of David S. Chesley we understand the inner working of the justice system, and we will put that knowledge to your advantage. If you have been accused of child molestation, it is important for you to contact an attorney immediately, the consequences that can arise from false accusations in these cases can ruin your life.

Understanding of case law:

Case law dealing with molestation and abuse is complex. For this reason, our firm has extensive summaries of law on all important issues that arise in these cases. From the moment you meet with our of our expert attorneys, we will do everything in our power to prove your innocence.


Our investigators are carefully trained in defense tactics and theories so they can gather relevant information that others often overlook. Even before being formally charges, a professional investigator can provide the information needed to dissuade the prosecution from pursuing a frivolous case or to have the case dismissed before going to a full-blown trial.

Expert witnesses:

Because our network of experts keeps us up to date with all the physiological, psychological, and medical issues concerning sex offenses, we are able to use the latest studies available in presenting your case to the jury.

If you have any more questions regarding child molestation, or any other criminal charge, contact the Law Offices of David Chesley for a free consultation today.

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