What is Child Molestation?

Child molestation is a broad term that encompasses a variety of illegal conduct or behavior motivated by a sexual interest in children. The prosecution can file child molestation charges even if you didn’t directly touch the child. In fact, our sex crime attorneys have represented many cases where an accuser misinterpreted a harmless action like a hug.

If you face allegations of molesting a child in Irvine, you should contact Wallin & Klarich immediately. For over 40 years, we’ve specialized in helping the wrongly accused defeat child molestation charges. You don’t have to face this difficult legal battle alone. We understand the overwhelming challenge ahead of you, and we’re here to help.

Fight back with a team of leading child molestation lawyers! Call us today for your free legal consultation at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (949) 776-3424.

Irvine Child Molestation Charges

With over 40 years of experience, Wallin & Klarich has the expertise and skill to help you defeat child molestation charges. We’ve represented thousands of clients facing child molestation and related charges in Irvine, which include but are not limited to: 

Punishments for Child Molestation | What You’re Facing

Whenever possible, the prosecution seeks felony convictions for child molestation cases. A child molestation conviction can shatter your future. However, our skilled sex crime attorneys at Wallin & Klarich are skilled negotiators. We will fight to get your child molestation charges reduced, depending on your criminal history and the facts of your case.

If convicted of molesting a child in Irvine, the court reviews the details of your case to determine your sentence. Prior sex crime convictions can double your penalties or lead to 25 years to life under California’s Three Strikes Law. The penalties for misdemeanor and felony child molestation in Irvine include:


  • Jail
    • If you’re convicted of misdemeanor molesting or annoying a child under PC 647.6, you could spend up to 364 days in jail. 
  • Fines
    • You may also have to pay a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Probation
  • Sex offender registration


  • Prison
    • Without any aggravating factors, a felony child molestation conviction results in up to three years in prison under PC 647.6. 
    • However, a prior conviction can double your sentence.
  • Fines
    • Fine of $5,000 (PC 647.6)
  • Sex offender registration
  • Required disclosure of the conviction on applications
  • Ban on your right to own or possess a firearm


Find out the penalties you face for a child molestation conviction in Irvine by consulting with our skilled attorneys. Call us today and receive your free legal consultation!

Professional and Personal Consequences

In addition to the above consequences, a child molestation conviction can have severe consequences on your professional and personal life. People who once trusted you might even jump to conclusions before you go to trial. If convicted, you stand to lose close friends and even family. Any sex crime conviction, especially one involving a minor, makes it harder for you to get a decent job. On top of this, sex offenders often face significant challenges finding suitable housing in California because of their criminal records, despite laws against discrimination. Having to register as a sex offender affects nearly every aspect of your life. 

At Wallin & Klarich, we understand how devastating false accusations can be, and we’re here to help you avoid conviction. With over 40 years of experience defending clients accused of child molestation, our Irvine attorneys provide the expertise and skill you need to defeat child molestation charges. We’ll fight to prove your innocence. However, you need to contact us immediately, so we can immediately begin building your defense. Contact Wallin & Klarich today for a free consultation at (949) 776-3424.

Child Molestation Defense | Fight False Allegations

How do you defend yourself against false accusations of child molestation? First and foremost, you need a skilled defense lawyer who specializes in sex crimes. Our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 40 years of experience helping clients avoid prison and sex offender registration, and we’re confident that we can help you too. Our legal defense team is composed of leading sex crime attorneys, legal investigators, and a network of experts. We work tirelessly to construct a dynamic defense and help win your case!

By combining multiple strategies, we increase your chances of success. We’ve executed powerful defenses in thousands of child molestation cases in Irvine and throughout the rest of Southern California. Some of which include but are not limited to:

False Accusation:

False accusations can stem from a simple miscommunication. Often, these accusors mean no harm, but their reports can lead to false accusations of sexual abuse. 

However, your case may involve outright lies. In past cases, parents or family members have created lies and accused our clients of molesting children to gain custody or get revenge. They have even coached the child to repeat their lies.

In this case, your Wallin & Klarich attorney would investigate your case to find evidence of your accuser’s motivation. We could also put expert witnesses on the stand to discredit the allegations.

No Sexual Motivation:  

In order to convict you, the prosecution must prove you acted as a result of your unnatural sexual interest in children. If they are unable to do so, the court can’t convict you of child molestation in Irvine.

For example, suppose one of your students goes home and says you touched him. However, all you did was pat him on the shoulder. We could present witnesses to prove you acted similarly to other teachers, and we could also present a psychological evaluation to the court, showing that you have no abnormal attraction to children.

We’ve helped countless California teachers fight false accusations of child molestation. You can read some of our success stories here.

Insufficient Evidence:

Our child molestation defense lawyers know how to demonstrate a lack of evidence. Along with presenting this argument to the judge, we can also persuade the prosecutor that their case isn’t strong enough for a conviction. If successful, the prosecution may drop charges. 

For example, one of our clients, S.C., faced 10 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with two minors under the age of 14 (PC 288(a)) and 56 years in prison. However, our child molestation attorneys convinced the prosecution that there was insufficient evidence to convict our client. As a result, they dropped all of the child molestation charges. Read S.C.’s story here

The above case is a prime example of how our skilled sex crime lawyers can help you. Call Wallin & Klarich today to receive your free consultation!  

Mistaken Identity:

Sometimes, cases of mistaken identity can occur if the alleged victim is especially young or did not get a good look at their attacker.. Your Wallin & Klarich attorney can point these facts out in court and encourage the jury to question the prosecution’s case against you. We can also call experts to testify about mistaken identity in criminal cases and how often it occurs. 

If you believe the child molestation charges against you resulted from mistaken identity, you need the help of a knowledgeable child molestation lawyer in Irvine. Take the first step toward winning your case by calling Wallin & Klarich today! 

Choosing A Top Defense Attorney | We’ll Fight For You

With so many defense lawyers competing for your attention, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or choose the wrong one. When you choose a defense attorney, you need to evaluate what they can do for you. Do they have experience and a solid track record? Are your best interests their priority? Don’t just take their word for it. Consider how they make you feel as well. Wallin & Klarich has years of experience fighting legal battles and working with clients. It’s easy for us to articulate what we bring to the table that separates us from other defense firms. We are known for the following characteristics:

  1. Trusted Legal Advocates
  2. Exceptional Negotiators
  3. 40+ Years of Practice 
  4. Specialized Legal Expertise 

Trusted Legal Advocates | The Wallin & Klarich Difference

You need to be able to trust your defense attorney. It’s bad enough worrying about the prosecution without having to wonder whether your defense team has your back. With Wallin & Klarich, you never have to question our loyalty. You’ll always receive one-on-one attention and genuine care when you visit our office. We are here for you when you need us, and we’re always prepared to fight for your best interests.

Exceptional Negotiators | 40+ Years of Success

You need a child molestation defense lawyer who understands the best way to negotiate inside and outside court. We’ve honed our negotiation skills during our 40+ years of practice, and we continue to strive for excellence. Find out how our expert negotiators can help you defeat false accusations of child molestation in Irvine, CA. Contact us today toll-free at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (949) 776-3424 for a free consultation with a local sex crimes attorney that you can trust!

We’re here to help you!

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