Child Molestation Cases Require An Experienced, Intelligent Defense

Being accused of performing any lewd or sexual acts with a minor can change your life in an instant. You can be charged with statutory rape, depending on the details of the incident. If the child is 14 years or younger, however, you may face even more serious charges and penalties.

At Ridley Defense in Ventura, we understand the severe nature of these charges. Attorney Douglas H. Ridley has seen cases involving sexual abuse of children from both sides. As a former deputy district attorney, he knows how California prosecutes these cases. You can also rely on his 20 years of experience as a lawyer. He works diligently to defend clients from all types of sex crime charges. He knows how to assess the case against you and how to work with the prosecutor to have the charges reduced or dismissed, when possible.

You can contact our law firm 24/7 for child sex crimes matters, we represent people in Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, L.A. County, and Southern California. Call 805.208.1866 or reach us online. We offer confidential, complimentary consultations.

You Could Face A Jail Or Prison Sentence

Child molestation, or lewd acts with a child under 14, encompasses numerous acts; see California Penal Code 288. The statute says, "Any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act, upon the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child who is under the age of 14 years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of that person or the child is guilty."

The penalties for child molestation offenses vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. The age of the child is just one factor. There is also whether the alleged abuser used force or threats, and whether the child suffered bodily injury.

In general, people convicted of these offenses may face up to one year in county jail to up to 10 years in state prison. A conviction also means the defendant must register as a sex offender for life.

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