Child Abuse Defense Lawyer in San Jose Bay Area

Charged with Child Abuse or Molestation in the San Francisco Bay Area?

  • Child Sexual Abuse or Molestation
  • Child Abuse
  • Internet Solicitation of a Minor

California Child Molestation Convictions Carry Sentences of:

  • 1 Year to Life Imprisonment
  • Life-time Registration as a Sex-Offender

An experienced skilled defense attorney can help you avoid conviction, prison time and sex offender registration.

California Child Abuse Law

Under California law, any person who, under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any child to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any child, willfully causes or permits the person or health of that child to be injured, or willfully causes or permits that child to be placed in a situation where his or her person or health is endangered, shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or in the state prison for two, four, or six years.

Further, any person who, under circumstances or conditions other than those likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any child to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any child, willfully causes or permits the person or health of that child to be injured, or willfully causes or permits that child to be placed in a situation where his or her person or health may be endangered, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

288. (a) Any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act, including any of the acts constituting other crimes provided for in Part 1, upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child who is under the age of 14 years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of that person or the child, is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or eight years.

Relevant Code Sections

  • California Penal Code 273a(a)
  • California Penal Code 273a(b)
  • California Penal Code 288(a)
  • California Penal Code 288(b)

San Francisco criminal defense attorney Ginny Harjot Walia has handled many cases involving child abuse with successful results.