Child Molestation/Lewd Acts With a Minor
The charge of lewdness with a child is an extremely serious criminal charge that can lead to lifelong punishment for the accused. In Nevada, the penalties may include decades in prison and mandatory registration as a sex offender.
Anyone charged with lewdness with a child should immediately seek legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney.
If you have been accused of child molestation or you believe you are under investigation in the Las Vegas area, exercise your constitutional right not to speak with law enforcement. Instead, contact Christiansen Law Offices by calling 702-570-9262.
How Nevada Law Defines Lewdness with a Child
For a person to be convicted of lewdness with a minor, the prosecution must prove a number of things, including:
- The defendant willfully committed a lewd or lascivious act with a child under the age of 14.
- The act was committed with the intent of sexually gratifying or arousing the defendant or the child.
- The act did not constitute sexual assault, which in Nevada typically involves non-consensual penetration.
Possible Defenses Against Child Molestation Charges
In many cases, charges of lewdness with a child are based on allegations made by the child’s parents or the child. Often there is no third-party witness to corroborate the allegation, and the prosecution must build its case without much — if any — physical evidence.
Because third-party witnesses are rare in these cases, false allegations are a very real possibility, especially when the child’s parents are involved in a custody dispute or if someone involved in the case has a financial motive to bring the allegation.
At Christiansen Law Offices, we investigate sex crime allegations for any flaws in the prosecution’s case, and we explore every available option to have the charge reduced or dismissed.
The reality is that false allegations and overcharging do occur, and we fight to protect the rights and future of our clients who are facing child sex abuse charges.