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Child Molestation

Santa Rosa Child Molestation Attorney

Defending Those Who Have Been Accused of Molesting a Child in California

Being charged with child molestation is a serious matter in California. If convicted, you will have to deal with the consequences for the rest of your life. Even if you are innocent, proving your case in a court of law can be difficult. If you are facing child molestation charges, it is important that you retain the services of a skilled attorney right away.

At The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia, our Santa Rosa child molestation lawyer has the skills and experience to help you fight these charges. Our firm is committed to helping our clients through these difficult times.

Call The Law Office of Joseph Bisbiglia today at (707) 659-0901 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our Santa Rosa child molestation lawyer.

What is Child Molestation?

Child molestation is a highly sensitive and distressing criminal offense involving sexual acts or sexual misconduct with a minor. In California, the age of consent is 18 years old, and any sexual activity with a minor below this age is considered illegal. Child molestation encompasses a range of actions, including:

  • Sexual Assault: Any non-consensual sexual activity with a minor, such as rape or forced penetration, is a severe offense that falls under child molestation.
  • Lewd Acts with a Minor: Engaging in any lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, even without physical contact, can lead to child molestation charges.
  • Child Pornography: Producing, distributing, or possessing explicit images of minors is a criminal offense that can be linked to child molestation charges.
  • Oral Copulation: Any form of oral copulation with a minor, even with their consent, is illegal in California.
  • Indecent Exposure: Exposing oneself to a minor in a sexual manner can result in child molestation charges.

What Are the Penalties for Child Molestation in California?

Child molestation is a grave offense in California, and the penalties upon conviction are severe. The consequences of a child molestation conviction may include:

  • Prison Time: Offenders can face substantial prison sentences, ranging from several years to life in prison, depending on the severity of the offense and prior criminal history.
  • Sex Offender Registration: Convicted individuals must register as sex offenders, which can have long-lasting and severe consequences on their personal and professional lives.
  • Probation: In some cases, offenders may be placed on probation, but this often comes with strict conditions and monitoring.
  • Criminal Record: A child molestation conviction will result in a permanent criminal record, which can limit future employment and housing opportunities.
  • Restrictions on Contact: Convicted individuals may be prohibited from having contact with minors, including their own children.

Defenses Against Child Molestation Charges

Some potential defenses against child molestation charges may include:

  • False Accusations: In some instances, individuals may be wrongly accused due to misunderstandings, biased testimony, or ulterior motives. We will investigate the facts and evidence thoroughly to establish the truth.
  • Lack of Evidence: The prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If insufficient evidence supports the charges, we will work to have them dismissed or reduced.
  • Violation of Rights: If law enforcement violated your constitutional rights during the investigation or arrest, we can challenge the admissibility of evidence obtained unlawfully.
  • Consent: If it can be proven that the alleged sexual activity was consensual and involved parties of legal age, this can serve as a strong defense.

Contact Our Santa Rosa Child Molestation Lawyer Today

Joseph Bisbiglia, our skilled Santa Rosa child molestation attorney, is devoted to protecting your rights and defending your case vigorously. He stands ready to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your legal matter. Your future and reputation are at stake, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Contact The Law Office of Joseph Bisbiglia today to get started with our Santa Rosa child molestation attorney.

Have Questions?

Criminal Defense FAQ
  • I am innocent—do I still need a criminal defense attorney?
    Yes! If you have been arrested there is a chance you may be convicted, even if you truly did nothing wrong. Having a Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia on your side can aggressively fight to protect you from false charges. An experienced attorney can make all the difference when standing up for you so your choice of representation is a very important one.
  • What is the difference between probation and parole?
    Parole takes place after a person has spent time in prison, whereas probation may be used as an actual alternative criminal sentence. Parole is usually used to monitor a person who has been released from jail. Probation is a criminal sentence for those convicted of lesser offenses.
  • How does the prosecution determine the charges I will face?
    The prosecution will look to convict you on charges they feel have sufficient evidence for a conviction. A case will typically be dropped if the prosecution feels that there is not enough evidence to reach a conviction. What constitutes enough evidence to the prosecutor is up to their discretion.
  • What is a grand jury?
    Grand juries are made up of individuals used to determine if enough evidence exists in order to take a case to trial. A grand jury will use witness testimony, documentation, and other evidence in reaching its determination. The grand jury will decide whether the case will go to trial in the end.
  • Will I be arrested for refusing to give police a statement?
    Exercising you right to silence cannot be used against you. You are protected from testifying against yourself by the Fifth Amendment. If a police officer is trying to intimidate you into giving a statement, get in touch with a criminal defense attorney immediately.


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