Lewd Acts With A Minor And Lewd Conduct In Public

The law governing lewd acts with a child (California Penal Code 288) is extremely broad in the way it defines lewd acts. It can include touching a child or minor anywhere on their body. Under the law, even a hug or a kiss on the cheek can be charged as a lewd act — if the prosecution believes there was a sexual motive.

we know how to fight overzealous prosecutors who seem more interested in appearing tough on child sexual abuse than on what actually happened in a particular case.

If you have been charged with lewd acts, lewd or lascivious conduct, indecent exposure or any other sex crime in Southern California, we can help. Contact our office today for a free, completely confidential with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

 

THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THESE CHARGES

1) If you are charged with lewd acts and you are convicted or plead guilty, you could face time in state prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Even after you have served your time, you will continue to face consequences. It may be difficult or impossible to find work. Your reputation in the community will almost certainly be ruined.

2) Even a conviction for public indecency (indecent exposure, lewd conduct in public, public urination, etc.) may result in your being labeled a sex offender. If you are required to register as a sex offender and you fail to register, you could face time in prison.

3) False allegations happen frequently. Everybody — police, prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys — knows this. And yet men and women continue to be charged with child molestation or lewd acts with a minor based on unsupported allegations or outright lies. We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of individuals facing serious criminal charges based on false allegations.

 

If you have been accused, you need an experienced, aggressive Denver criminal defense. There is simply too much at stake to entrust your case — and your future — to an untried lawyer. We understand how these cases work. We have the skills and experience you can trust.

Number of distracted driving accidents in Florida and elsewhere underreported

Last week we wrote about how the spread of smartphone use and smartphone application use is starting to contribute to the number of distracted driving car accidents. While we all know that distracted driving is a major cause of car crashes in Florida, the true extent of the distracted driving problem is unknown. Accurate distracted driving figures are currently hard to come by and traffic safety officials believe the number of distracted driving accidents is probably underreported.

Even though the collection of accurate information is difficult, distracted driving is on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 5,400 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2009 and among those accidents almost 1,000 were related to cell phone use. In addition, as the number of highway fatalities decrease in the United States the percentage of distracted driving fatalities increases. In 2005, distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of highway fatalities and in 2009 distracted driving accounted for 16 percent.

As distracted driving accidents trend upwards, the available statistics are probably only the tip of the iceberg. Data collection for car accidents begins with police reports, and police reports are entered into large federal databases where private analysts, university analysts and agency analysts use the information to develop policy. Police reports differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and the depth of an investigation may depend on the seriousness of the accident. Therefore there is a range in distracted driving accident information from no record to records that are overly detailed that are hard to standardize for database purposes.

The lack of uniform police reports results in poor information on distracted driving. Guidelines exist to help standardize crash information, but the guidelines are only voluntary, not supported by many car accident lawyers in Melville. Either way, we know distracted driving is dangerous and motorists should use their phones when not behind the wheel.