Annoying or Molesting Child
Penal Code 647.6(a) Law & Defense
The law on the crime of annoying or molesting a child is found at California penal code 647.6(a). In order for the District Attorney to find the defendant guilty of PC 647.6(a) the District Attorney must prove that:
1) the defendant was motivated by unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in children (under the age of 18),
2) when the defendant was motivated by unnatural or abnormal behavior he or she annoyed a child in a sexual manner.
Annoying or Molesting a child can be accomplished with sexual language or behavior that is directed toward the child while the defendant is simultaneously sexually motivated or aroused by a child.
PC647.6(a) is considered a misdemeanor in California. If found guilty of PC 647.6(a) the defendant may face up to one year in jail.
For defendant who have been previously found guilty of a violation of PC 647.6(a), or has been convicted as a sexual offender pursuant to California penal code 290, the defendant may face up to four year in prison.
In addition, if the defendant is found guilty of PC 647.6(a), he or she must register as a sex offender pursuant to California sex offender registration laws (see Sex Offender Registration for more information).
Finally, criminal convictions in general, including any conviction for annoying or molesting a child under PC 647.6(a) may lead to fines, probation, restitution, employment loss, U.S. citizenship denial, mandatory classes, and more.
Common defenses to a charge of annoying or molesting a child charged as PC 647.6(a), include: insufficient evidence to prove sexual motivation, reasonable mistake of age, mistake of recipient who receives sexual communication, insanity, intoxication, and more.
In some cases of annoying or molesting a child charged as PC 647.6(a), it may be possible to reduce the charge or even the sentence associated with the charge. In some cases, a criminal defense attorney may handle your case without the need for the defendant to attend criminal court.
For more information on the California crime of annoying or molesting a child charged as penal code 647.6(a), contact criminal defense attorney Christopher Dorado today.
Attorney Dorado has successfully defended hundreds of sex crimes including charges of annoying or molesting a child charged under PC 647.6(a). Attorney Dorado's practice is 100% dedicated to criminal defense; he is an experienced criminal defense trial attorney with a proven track record of success and consultation are provided at no cost to the accused.
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Closely associated crimes to PC 647.6(a), include:
PC 647.6(b) Child Molesting;
PC 647.6(c)(1) Child Molesting w/Prior;
PC 647.6(c)(2) Child Molesting w/prior felony conviction of Child Molesting to a child under 16.