Charges of child molestation are very serious and a conviction could destroy your life. Typical penalties vary from one state to the next, but generally include a long prison sentence. A repeat offense brings with it a life sentence in many cases. The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense attorneys may be able to protect you from this fate if you have been falsely accused of child molestation or child sexual abuse.
Conviction of child molestation or child sexual abuse requires the convicted person to register as a sex offender. This can lead to being treated as an outcast by the majority of society. A false accusation may be the result of a vindictive or malicious act by someone else, but a conviction is the same no matter how it came to be.
Contact between an Adult and a Minor
The legal age of consent to sexual intercourse varies from one state to the next. It can range from age 14 to 18. However, it is considered illegal in all states to participate in sexual relations with any child that is legally defined as a minor. This is the case even if the child consents.
If you have been charged with engaging in sexual relations with a minor, you may be charged with more crimes than child molestation. These crimes may also include child sexual abuse and even sexual assault.
Your Legal Defense
It is important that you do not trust just any attorney with your child molestation or child abuse case. Your freedom and your future may be at risk. You must work with a law firm that is experienced and knowledgeable in the laws governing such charges. You will need talented attorneys who are capable of launching an aggressive defense to help ensure that you receive the most favorable outcome possible for your circumstances.
If you have been charged with child molestation or child sexual abuse, you need to protect yourself and your rights. The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense lawyers will work hard to fight for your liberty and freedom. Please call or email the law offices of The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense nearest to you.