If you find yourself accused of child molestation in the Sacramento area, there is no better firm to assist you. With over 20 years of experience and a law practice that focuses on sex crime defense, the attorneys at Spaulding & Campi know how to get dismissals and wins at trial.
Over the years defending clients accused of sex crimes I have personally witnessed false accusations and recognize that these situations are often a case of manipulated and impressionable alleged victims making false or confused statements which sometimes relate to events that supposedly happened many years ago.
If you or someone you care about has been accused of child molestation, you should know that these allegations – if not properly defended – can ruin your life. You stand to lose your job, your family, your freedom, and face the rest of your life as a registered sex offender.
Do not leave the outcome of your case in the hands of an inexperienced attorney. Led by Harvard attorney, Michelle Spaulding, Spaulding & Campi Criminal Attorneys are experts in representing clients charged with child molestation and child sex offenses, and handle more of these cases than any other firm in the Sacramento region. We believe in vigorously defending these accusations, and protecting clients from false allegations. We will get involved with your case as early as possible, try to avoid charges being filed altogether, and do what is necessary to present the best defense in your case.
What is the Crime of Child Molestation in Sacramento?
In the Sacramento region, allegations of child molestation are often met with outrage in the community, and are taken very seriously by police and child welfare personnel. Unfortunately it can mean that those investigating the allegations do not always engage in a full and critical investigation, but rather focus on building a case that supports the allegations made.
In Sacramento and the surrounding counties including Yolo and Placer, the crime of Child Molestation is defined in California Penal Code Sections 288 and 289. (PC288 and PC289). Some of the acts which are considered to be child molestation are:
- Oral copulation
- Intercourse with a juvenile
It is important to note that a person can be accused of molestation when touching a child for sexual gratification, even if the touching does not happen on the genital area. Other acts which can be charged as molestation include an adult exposing themselves to a juvenile for sexual gratification.
There are also several offenses that involve communicating with juveniles, such as
- Sending or showing harmful material to them
- Communicating with a juvenile with intent to commit a felony
- Trying to arrange a meeting to engage in lewd activities
In many of the offenses under this part of the Penal Code, the age of both the juvenile and the defendant, and the kind of act committed, can change the level of seriousness of the offense significantly.