Los Angeles Child Molestation Lawyer
Though the public and sometimes your family may abandon you when you have been accused of child molestation, you still need a talented advocate to fight for your rights as a defendant and see that you receive fair treatment at trial. R.J. Manuelian is committed to protecting your legal rights regardless of the severity or the unpopularity of the criminal charge against. He is fully aware of the consequences a child molestation conviction can carry, and understands that should you be found guilty of child molestation, your status as an autonomous individual will be seriously threatened.
Penalties for a conviction of child molestation are severe and long-lasting and may include the following at a minimum.
- Loss of your job.
- A lifetime of stigma with the added penalty of having to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
The stakes are high if you have been accused of child molestation in California. Consequently, it is important that you seek legal representation from an experienced Los Angeles child molestation criminal defense lawyer with a solid track record in the defense of those accused of child molestation, child abuse, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and other crimes that involve children.
Starting over after a child molestation allegation or conviction is difficult at best; therefore, you want to make sure that your case is handled quickly and well if you are charged with the crime. Contacting a qualified Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer like R.J. Manuelian will speed your case along and provide you with the experienced representation you want to go into court with.
The Manuelian Law Firm Handles Child Molestation DefenseSexually accosting or molesting a child is a heinous crime, and is punishable by severe sentencing guidelines for individuals convicted of this sex crime. At The Manuelian Law Firm, R.J. Manuelian has obtained many acquittals and produced hundreds of positive results for his clients in both State and Federal Court as a result of his experienced, relentless defense and advocacy.
When an innocent person is convicted because of another’s poorly chosen actions, it is exceptionally tragic. If you or someone you know has been charged with child molestation, (which can include sexual battery, exposing oneself to a child, and non-penetrative sexual activity), The Manuelian Law Firm invites you to contact them for a free evaluation of your case.
Unlawful Sexual Intercourse (Statutory Rape)
In California, unlawful sexual intercourse is one of the most severe of all types of criminal allegations, and has serious repercussions. Commonly referred to as statutory rape, unlawful sexual intercourse is basically forced intercourse between a minor and an adult. However, in some cases, depending on the age of the alleged perpetrator and that of the alleged victim, the defendant may face a misdemeanor crime instead of being brought up on charges for a felony.
California Penal Code Section 261.5 states that “any individual who is involved in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is no more than three years younger or older than the perpetrator may be subjected to a misdemeanor crime.” Being misdemeanors, certain statutory rape convictions come with less severe penalties than others. A conviction of statutory rape that is determined to be a misdemeanor is generally subjected to imprisonment in a county jail or state prison for a period not exceeding one year and a fine of $1000. However, an adult who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor less than two years younger than the adult, while also liable for a civil penalty may be penalized with a fine that does not exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000).