A 34-year-old man from Santa Ana has been arrested for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the arrest occurred in Santa Ana. Officials say the man was charged after an 8-year-old girl told an adult female relative that the suspect touched her. He has been charged with numerous felonies including oral copulation and rape.
Lewd act with a child is defined by California Penal Code section 288 as inappropriate touching of a child under the age of 14 for the purpose of sexual gratification. This is clearly a very serious allegation. There is no question that our children should be protected from sexual predators. Unfortunately, this is a crime that commonly involves false allegations or even misunderstanding. The impact of sex crime allegations can be significant for anyone. A person does not have to actually end up being convicted in order to face serious personal and professional consequences.
An experienced Orange County sex crime defense attorney will fight to ensure that false allegations do not result in a wrongful conviction. There are many questions to be asked in any sex crime case. Is there forensic evidence against the defendant or is the case built on hearsay? Were there any witnesses to the alleged crime?
The sex crime attorneys in Southern California at Sitkoff & Hanrahan make sure that their clients receive fair treatment in court. We have years of experience handling all types of sex crimes in southern California. We have had a successful track record in getting charges lessened or completely dismissed. Call our offices at 866-430-8383 today if you or a loved one is facing serious sex crime charges in Orange County.