Kissing, touching, tickling or playfully flirting consensually with a beautiful girl is not against the law — unless that girl is under the age of 18 and you are not. This type of behavior is considered "molesting or annoying a minor" and it is considered a very serious offense. Since it is classified as a sex crime, anyone who is convicted of molesting a minor, even first-time offenders, can spend years in prison and be forced to register as a sex offender for life.
Are you facing these types of charges or other sex offenses? Call 866-477-0965 to speak with a Redwood City lawyer at Ahmed & Sukaram. You may also schedule a consultation with us online to discuss any sex crime-related questions.
Molesting or Annoying a Minor — Penal Code § 647.6
According to California law, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution. This means that in order to convict you of molesting or annoying a minor, the prosecutor must prove ALL of the following:
- Your conduct or acts were directed at the minor
- A normal person would have been annoyed or offended by your conduct
- Your conduct was motivated by an unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in the minor
- The minor was under 18 at the time of the incident
Unfortunately, you can still be found guilty of annoying or molesting a minor even if:
- You never actually touched the minor
- The minor consented to the act
- The minor was not actually irritated or disturbed by your conduct
Penalties for Molesting or Annoying a Minor in San Mateo County
- Misdemeanor Molesting or Annoying a Minor — Punishable by a fine not more than $5,000 and one year in the California state prison or county jail.
- Molesting or Annoying a Minor after a previous felony conviction involving a child — punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, four or six years
In addition, under Megan's Law, all those who are convicted of a sex crime must also register as a sex offender for the remainder of their lives. Molesting or annoying a minor falls under this category and can haunt you forever.
Building Your Defense
If you are falsely accused of molesting or annoying a minor, it is important to have a knowledgeable and aggressive child molestation defense attorney on your side. Your attorney will need to investigate all angles of the case in order to build a defense designed to beat the prosecution's case against you. In order to improve the chances of winning the case, the district attorney will often fight to keep the name and the identity of the minor a secret for as long as possible. As such, you will need a hard-hitting defense attorney on your side to protect your rights and prevent this from happening.
We know how to successfully fight child molestation charges. Your defense attorney will need to investigate all aspects of the incident, including any possible motivation the victim (or his or her parents) may have. Many people are wrongly accused of sex crimes every year by victims who are unnaturally motivated by greed, money or fame. Because of this, your attorney will need to review the minor's mental history, his or her parents' history and interview any witnesses who may be able to testify on your behalf.
Additionally, we will need to determine if you were aware that the child was under 18 at the time of the incident. If the minor misrepresented himself or herself or was found in an "over 18 club" at the time of the incident, your California defense attorney will fight to have the charges dismissed all together.
Get the Defense You Need Against Child Molestation Charges
At Ahmed & Sukaram, your future is our top concern. The police and the prosecution have no trouble twisting the facts to suit their needs. As such, you can find yourself convicted of a sex crime you did not commit. If you are charged with molesting or annoying a minor in the state of California, contact the dynamic legal team of Ahmed & Sukaram. Your future and your reputation depend on the outcome of your case.