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Orange County Sexual Abuse Attorney

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California takes accusations of sexual abuse seriously. So seriously, in fact, that it recently passed a law that expands the statute of limitations for victims of the offense to file a civil lawsuit against their alleged abuser. If you've been accused of committing a sexual abuse offense, speak with an attorney who will staunchly defend your case and will discuss your legal options with you.

A conviction for a sexual abuse offense carries harsh punishments. Understanding the impacts on a person's life, Attorney Jacqueline Goodman, of The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman, will examine every detail of your case to spot weaknesses in the prosecutor's claims and develop an effective legal strategy on your behalf. Trying to navigate the legal system on your own or going up against a prosecutor who will do everything they can to land a conviction can be challenging, and you shouldn't have to go it alone.

To level the playing field in your sexual abuse case in Orange County call (866) 294-8952 today.

How Is Sexual Abuse Defined?

The term 'sexual abuse' is used to describe sexual acts that are intended to cause pain, harm, or humiliation to the individual.

California doesn't have a specific law prohibiting acts of sexual abuse. Rather it has several statutes that criminalize certain sex offenses. For instance, under California Penal Code 243.4 PC (sexual assault), a person could be accused of committing an offense if they touch the intimate parts of another person for sexual gratification, arousal, or abuse. This offense is a wobbler, which means it could be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. A conviction could result in either up to 6 months in jail or up to 4 years in prison.

Additionally, a person could be accused of committing sexual abuse if they violate California Penal Code 288 PC, which is concerned with lewd and lascivious acts with a minor.

Specifically, the law states that it's illegal to engage in a lewd or lascivious act:

  • With a person under 14 years of age
  • With a person under 14 years of age by use of force
  • Upon a dependent when the actor is a caretaker
  • With a person who is 14 or 15 years of age and the actor is 10 years older than the minor

The potential conviction penalties for a violation of California Penal Code 288 PC include up to 10 years in prison.

Delivering Effective Legal Representation

If you've been accused of a sexual abuse offense in Orange County, know that Attorney Goodman is ready to provide the skilled legal counsel and aggressive defense you need to fight your charges. She has obtained favorable outcomes for past clients and will work hard toward a just result on your behalf.

Speak with Attorney Goodman during a free consultation by calling (866) 294-8952 or filling out an online contact form.

Why Hire Attorney Goodman?

  • Dedicated to Criminal Defense for 20+ Years
  • Successful Trial Track Record
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist
  • Named on the Wall of Recognition at the National Constitution Center
  • Rated 10.0 Superb on Avvo
  • Admitted to Argue Cases Before the United States Supreme Court

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A Track Record of Success

Recent Case Results
  • Case Dismissed Car Accident

    Car accident, no license, speeding (filed by Anaheim City Attorney).

  • Case Dismissed Child Endangerment / Cruelty

    Penal Code 273a(b) Child endangerment/cruelty.

  • Case Dismissed Child Molestation

    Child molestation: Felony.

  • Probation Terminated Early Commercial Burglary

    Commercial burglary probation violation: dismissed, no violation found.

  • Case Dismissed Contempt of Court Order

    Contempt of court order by a gang member.

  • Case Dismissed Domestic Violence & Cruelty to Child
  • Case Dismissed Driving on a Suspended License

    Driving on a suspended license (Suspended for DUI).

  • Case Dismissed Drunk / Urinate in Public
  • Misdemeanor Assault & Battery Forcible Sodomy

    Settled for misdemeanor assault and battery with no sex offender registration and no sex offender counseling.

  • Case Dismissed Hit & Run

    Hit and run charges.

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