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Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child: CA Penal Code 288 Explained

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Criminal charges filed because of CA penal code 288 are charges that pertain to lewd or lascivious acts with a child. Private practices such as physical therapist offices and therapy offices can be accused fraudulently of inappropriate behavior with a child. If you find yourself charged with lewd or lascivious acts with a child, you need to understand why you are being charged and how you can fight this criminal charge.

Private Practitioners Spend Time Alone With Children

If you are a private practitioner, such as a physical therapist or psychological counselor, then you may spend time with young children alone. In some cases, parents may bring cases against private practitioners and accuse these practitioners of harming their children with indecent and inappropriate sexual behavior. Private practitioners can find their practice significantly damaged by these accusations. They may struggle to gain new patients or clients. It is best, in this situation, to immediately take action against these charges. At the Law Office of George Gedulin, we work tirelessly to help you fight these criminal accusations.

CA Penal Code 288 Refers to Children Under 14

While inappropriate sexual conduct is punishable under the law for any age, the CA penal code 288 refers specifically to children under 14. This law states that if a person has willfully attempted to arouse or appeal to a child’s sexual desires, by acting upon any part of the child’s body, then the person can be charged. This law is designed to cover all lewd acts, including outright molestation.

Being Charged With Committing Lewd or Lascivious Acts Must Be Taken Seriously

If you have been charged with committing a lewd or lascivious act under penal code 288, you will need an experienced attorney to protect your rights. The ramifications of a conviction charge are numerous. This is a felony charge and involves imprisonment that can range from three to eight years. This charge also can limit your ability to practice if you are a private practitioner and can strip you of your professional license. This is not a charge that should be taken lightly. An experienced attorney will be needed to tackle this charge and present a strong defense.

For more information on CA penal code 288 and your potential criminal defense, contact the Law Office of George Gedulin today (858) 281-4605. Our San Diego criminal attorneys offer consultations designed to help you determine the best course of action when accused of lewd or lascivious acts with a child.

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