A 25-year-old man was arrested in Gardena for allegedly contacting a minor over the Internet for sex. Earlier in the week, authorities took over the MySpace account of a 12-year-old girl and arranged a meeting with the man. MyFoxLA.com reports that the man showed up to the meeting place and was charged with committing a lewd act on a child and contacting and arranging a meeting with a minor with intent to engage in a lewd act.
Sex crimes in California have serious consequences. A sex crime conviction in California could very well result in prison time, steep fines and mandatory registration as a sex offender. However, a significant number of the people charged with lewd acts with a child (California Penal Code 288) are falsely accused. Misunderstandings and miscommunications can happen and mistakes can be made. Lewd acts with a child laws are broad and can be difficult to understand. If you have been accused of such crimes, you need an experienced Los Angeles County sex crimes lawyer to help you fight these charges and clear your name and reputation.
Our Los Angeles sex crime defense attorneys will thoroughly investigate the allegations. A sex offense lawyer will interview people witness and thoroughly research the email, online chat records and any tape recordings that were made to see if any entrapment issues arise. If you have been falsely accused of a sex crime with a minor, it is crucial that you approach the sex offense allegations aggressively and constructively so that your reputation and future are not put in jeopardy.
If you have been accused of committing a sex crime in Los Angeles County, please contact Sitkoff & Hanrahan for a free consultation at 1-866-430-8383. We understand the laws in your area and how to fight the charges against you. Call us before speaking with the authorities or entering a plea.