Are you facing charges for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child? Violation of Penal Code 288.5 is a very serious criminal offense that results in a felony on your criminal record. In addition, a conviction for this type of sex crime will require your inclusion California’s sex offender’s registry list for the remainder of your lifetime.
At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, our sex crime attorneys have over forty years of combined experience defending alleged penal code offenders. They are well aware that an accusation is not proof of guilt. Contact us today at (888) 250-2865 to speak with a skilled criminal attorney with a history of success representing these types of crimes.
PC 288.5 Defined
An adult who resides with a minor under 18 that commits more than three lewd acts or “substantial” sexual contact with a minor and did so within the space of three months is prosecuted as violating CPC 288.5. The sexual contact could be oral sex, masturbation, or sexual intercourse with the child. Sexual acts with a child under 10 is covered by PC 288.7, which has different penalties.
In order to prosecute for CPC 288.5 Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, the prosecution has the burden to prove you are guilty of:
- sexual intercourse, masturbating or engaging in oral sex with a minor
- doing so with a person that is under the age of 18
- continuous acts that occurred three times or more, in the space of three months
Penalties for CPC 288.5 Violations
Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child is a felony sex crime offense, and those found guilty can face:
- 6, 12 or 16 Years in California State Prison
- Registration as a lifetime sex offender
This crime is subject to California’s Three Strikes Law. If you are facing Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child for California Penal Code Section 288.5, can work with you to help secure the best possible outcome available for your case. Whether you are innocent, guilty, or somewhere in between, a MacGregor & Collins, LLP sex crime lawyer will be able to advise you of your options and guide you through the process. Call today to take advantage of a free confidential case review from an attorney who will help you better understand your charges and give you an idea of what you may face.